Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A “prestigious event” – get ready for the rescheduled 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards

As we prepare for the 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards, now provisionally set to take place in October after being postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link reflects on the support the event has received from past winners, councils, investment bodies and LEPs this year.

The highly anticipated event for the property and construction sector will be a welcome relief to professionals from across the region, following months of physical separation. As lockdown eases and Coronavirus cases slow in the UK, the organisers should, government guidelines willing, shortly be able to provide a specific date for the awards.

Steve Fisher, Group Editor of Business Link Magazine – the company behind the awards – explained: “We want to ensure a safe environment for award winners and guests and we will be working well within guidelines from the Government to ensure attendees will feel safe at our event. We will of course be liaising with the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground so attendees can be assured that all the precautions necessary will be in place.”

Lorraine Baggs, Head of Investment at Invest in Nottingham, said: “It is wonderful to see the East Midlands Bricks Awards returning to Nottingham for another year. The prestigious event offers such a great opportunity to reward and celebrate property and construction professionals, companies and development projects across the region, while drawing professionals from across the East Midlands to our city and allowing new connections to be formed.

“With so many major projects underway in Nottingham – residential, commercial and leisure schemes – and numerous derelict sites coming back into use in the city, it seems particularly fitting for the awards to be held here this year, with the city a shining example of the regeneration that the East Midlands is witnessing.”

Mary Gharmount, associate and commercial property solicitor at Nelsons, said: “We were thrilled to have taken home the Deal of the Year award alongside Fairgrove Homes at the prestigious East Midlands Bricks Awards 2019.

“Last year’s awards ceremony had an amazing atmosphere and, with more than 150 property and construction professionals from across the region in attendance, offered a prime networking opportunity. There was such a high calibre of entries so to be one of the 10 winners was a fantastic achievement and resulted in great exposure for Nelsons in the weeks that followed.”

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The Bricks Awards are a very important and prestigious date in the East Midlands property calendar and they are an excellent showcase for the amazing work that is done in the property and construction sector in this part of the world.”

Simon Kirk, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, said: “The East Midlands Bricks Awards is a great opportunity to showcase the ever changing landscape across the region. The East Midlands has seen an unprecedented increase in investment over the last few years, with further big projects in the pipeline.

“Research has shown that businesses entering awards can increase their credibility, benchmark against competitors and recognise the hard work and achievements of staff.”

Matthew Montague Architects said: “Winning Architect of the Year at the East Midlands Bricks Awards in 2019 had a very positive affect on our business. The awards evening was well organised and well attended, it was great to network with so many colleagues from within the construction industry.”

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s good to see these awards coming back to Nottingham again, and definitely fitting given the extensive regeneration in the city at the moment.

“The awards acknowledge and celebrate the development and construction industry, and we have plenty to be proud of in Nottingham at present.

“Across the city centre, there are a great number of redevelopment projects under way with cranes dominating the skyline as Nottingham looks to create new spaces for people to live, work, play and learn.”

Mark Oakley, Director of Inward Investment and Place Marketing at Leicester City Council, said: “Leicester and Leicestershire is the largest economy in the East Midlands and growing. Major ongoing and planned investment is benefitting from our global connectivity and I want to encourage businesses in the property and construction industry to consider entering events like the Bricks Awards that help celebrate what is great about the East Midlands.”

Wynbrook stated: “Winning an East Midlands Bricks Award for Residential Development of the Year 2019 has had nothing but a positive effect on our business. I see the awards becoming a notable event in the construction calendar in future years.”

Cllr Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for Regeneration and Enterprise says: “We have a thriving construction sector with a busy building programme going on in and around Northampton.

“The Council itself has two large-scale projects under way totalling over £20 million – a major extension and revamp at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, and our Vulcan Works managed workspace project for creative industries – not to mention a busy programme of social housing construction.

“These awards give firms an opportunity to showcase the fantastic work they’re doing and perhaps even win some industry recognition for it.”

Vanessa Gregory, Sales & Marketing Manager for Fairgrove Homes, said: “As a smaller regional developer, specialising in providing distinctive new homes, we were thrilled to win Deal of the Year at last years Bricks Awards. The event was well organised, with just enough opportunities for networking and celebrating with colleagues.”

Sajeeda Rose, CEO of D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “Our region has a dynamic construction and property industry. Events like the Bricks Awards are essential in celebrating these businesses, giving us all a chance to showcase the achievements that shape our cities, towns and rural communities and help make our region special.”

The shortlist for winners has been announced and is shown below.

Contractor of the year – sponsored by Frank Key Group

D L Rhodes & Son

Wynbrook Ltd

Bowmer + Kirkland


Developer of the year – sponsored by Ward Recycling

ALB Investments

Henry Davidson Developments


Sustainable development of the year – sponsored by Forterra plc

Countryside Properties – Abington Place

Lincolnshire Showground – the EXO Centre

Leicestershire County Council – Snibston Colliery transformation


Residential development of the year – sponsored by Sterling Capital Reserve

Chevin Homes – Hall Farm, Kirk Langley

Wheeldon Brothers Ltd – Outseats Farm, Alfreton

Geda Construction Ltd – Low Street, Elston


Deal of the year – sponsored by IoD East Midlands

Fisher German – sale of land off Rempstone Road in East Leake

FHP & FHP Student Living – sale of the former York House

Salloway Property Consultants – Dunstall Park police station deal between Derbyshire Constabulary and Ivygrove Developments

Christie & Co – Lakeside venue deal


Most Active agent – sponsored by Blueprint Interiors

Salloway Property Consultants

Knight Frank

NG Chartered Surveyors


Architects of the year – sponsored by Ibstock

Design Haus Architecture

Falkner Browns

Allan Joyce Architects


Excellence in design – sponsored by Ibstock

Rayner Davies Architects – Wilford Care Home

Matthew Montague Architects – Repton School Sports Centre

Benoy – University of Nottingham Centre for Biomolecular Sciences


Responsible Business – sponsored by Press for Attention

Student Housing

Geda Construction

Leicestershire County Council


Commercial Development – sponsored by RSM

Rayner Davies Architects – Wilford Care Home

J Tomlinson – Airfield Business Park

G F Tomlinson – University of Nottingham Centre for Biomolecular Sciences


The Overall Winner, sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, will also be announced at the award ceremony and will be awarded a year of marketing/publicity worth over £20,000.

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See last year’s event in the video below.

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