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Watch the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2020 as it unfolded

With the East Midlands Bricks Awards over for another year, the event can now be re-lived through a new video of the evening.

Taking place online on Thursday 29th October 2020, for the first time since the annual event’s inception, property and construction professionals gathered at the virtual awards evening to recognise those behind the changing landscape of our region, and reward the very best companies, teams, and individuals.

Watch the event and see the list of winners along with some of their celebratory comments below.


Congratulations to all our winners!


Sustainable development of the year (sponsored by Forterra)


Lincolnshire Showground – the EXO Centre

Runners up
Countryside Properties – Abington Place
Leicestershire County Council – Snibston Colliery transformation


A representative for the Lincolnshire Showground said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the ‘Sustainable Development of the Year award’ for our brand new EXO Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground. Our new EXO Centre features energy-reducing features, a Changing Places toilet and a multifunctional classroom space – we can’t wait to welcome events to this enviable, inclusive space in the new year!”


Residential Development of the Year (sponsored by Sterling Capital Reserve)


Geda Construction Ltd – Low Street, Elston

Runners up
Chevin Homes – Hall Farm, Kirk Langley
Wheeldon Brothers Ltd – Outseats Farm, Alfreton

Sponsor of Residential Development of the Year, Sterling Capital Reserve, now rebranded Sterling Commercial Finance, said of the event: “Sterling were proud to be part of Bricks 2020. Despite the disappointments of not being able to be in the room, we felt it was important that the ‘show went on’ and the achievements of the East Midlands Property sector were quite rightly recognised.”


Developer of the Year (sponsored by Ward Recycling)


ALB Investments

Runners up

Henry Davidson Developments


Arran Bailey of ALB Investments said: “It was absolutely fantastic to have received the award and the prestigious honour.”

Donald Ward, Operations Director, Ward, which sponsored the Developer of the Year category, said: “Always good to be involved with the Bricks Awards to highlight the achievements of the building and construction sector in our region. Proud to sponsor the Developer of the Year category again, huge congratulations to winners ALB Investments, plus all the other finalists and winners on the night.

“This year’s event was somewhat different and it’s a shame we were not able to meet and network in person, however, the East Midlands Business Link team did a great job bringing everyone together to celebrate the successes. Now more than ever it is important to support each other and events like this to highlight the vital contribution that the construction industry and its supply chain makes to our economy.”


Contractor of the Year (sponsored by Frank Key Group)


Wynbrook Ltd

Runners up

D L Rhodes & Son
Bowmer + Kirkland


Deal of the year (sponsored by IoD East Midlands)


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

Runners up
Fisher German – sale of land off Rempstone Road in East Leake
Salloway Property Consultants – Dunstall Park police station deal
between Derbyshire Constabulary and Ivygrove Developments
Christie & Co – Lakeside venue deal


David Hargreaves of FHP said: “I was delighted that our efforts and advice in the sale of the old York House in Nottingham on behalf of Intu plc to Cassidy Group was acknowledged with Deal of the Year for 2020 at the East Midlands Bricks Awards.

“As a result of our depth of market knowledge in this sector and our relationship with the buyer Cassidy Group we were able to secure a price for our clients Intu plc significantly in excess of their book value and aspirations, whilst Cassidy secured a 100% prime student site that they are now building out – a great result for all.

“Credit also must go to Business Link Magazine Group for maintaining the momentum of last year’s awards by delivering an online version of the awards in these surreal times. It is very important we keep things as ‘normal’ as possible and don’t just give up, which would be the easy option, in the face of the pandemic.”

Natalie Gasson-McKinley, Institute of Directors (IoD) Branch Chair, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, who announced the winner of the IoD sponsored category, Deal of the Year, said: “The Bricks are always a fantastic opportunity to showcase the innovation and creativity of the businesses shaping our region’s landscape. This year, it is more important than ever, to celebrate enterprise during what has been a hugely difficult time for many businesses.

“It was reassuring to see that Covid-19 hasn’t diminished resilience, and the high number of entries received demonstrated that a determination to grow and succeed is still strong throughout our business community.

“As sponsors of the Deal of the Year Award, we were impressed by the diverse mix of small and medium-sized businesses that entered. FHP and FHP Student Living were worthy winners for the sale of the former York House. The deal worth £8million, was beacon in a category filled with outstanding examples of inward investment into the region. Congratulations again to David Hargreaves of FHP who led the sale and his wider team.”


Most Active Agent (sponsored by Blueprint Interiors)


NG Chartered Surveyors

Runners up
Salloway Property Consultants
Knight Frank


Sunny Landa, NG’s Head of Agency, said: “To win this award in the face of such stiff competition is brilliant news. NG’s continued investment in talent and technology – such as our virtual viewing tool – is reaping the rewards we hoped it would and ensuring we’re delivering results for our clients in a tough market.”

Richard Sutton, NG’s Managing Director, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for the team at NG and is testament to all the hard work we’ve put in over the last 12 months under extremely challenging conditions. We’re not one for letting the grass grow under our feet, however, and we’re looking to the next 12 months with optimism.

“I’d like to thank East Midlands Business Link for this award, and also congratulate all the other shortlisted and winning companies at The Bricks. Well done, all.”

Mike McKeown, Client Services Director at Blueprint Interiors, sponsor of the Most Active Agent category, said: “Presenting an award as part of a virtual ceremony was very surreal, but I was delighted that the awards went ahead. Despite having to operate our businesses through these challenging times the construction industry is viewed by Government as one of the key sectors to underpin economic recovery. Continuing to celebrate these successes is important as it helps build positivity for the future.”


Architects of the year (sponsored by Ibstock)


Design Haus Architecture

Runners up

Falkner Browns
Allan Joyce Architects


James Brindley, of Design Haus Architecture, said: “We were up against stiff competition from Faulkner Browns and Allan Joyce Architects. It is a great achievement to have been nominated and recognised alongside such esteemed practices, and an honour to receive this prestigious award. To have our innovative architectural design approach recognised by the judges and being named ‘Architects of the Year’ is wonderful. I’d like to extend my thanks to East Midlands Business Link and Ibstock for this award and the opportunity to celebrate the region’s best.”


Excellence in design (sponsored by Ibstock)


Rayner Davies Architects – Wilford Care Home

Runners up

Matthew Montague Architects – Repton School Sports Centre
Benoy – University of Nottingham Biodiscovery Institute


Julien McGuinness, of Rayner Davies Architects, said: “Everyone at Rayner Davies Architects is delighted to receive the Excellence in Design award this year for the Wilford View Care Facility. This was a category with stiff competition so it’s great to be recognised for the hard work put in. Many thanks to all those involved with seeing this project through to completion.”

Andy Batterham of Ibstock, sponsor of Architects of the Year and Excellence in Design, said: “It was a real honour to be a part of the first ever virtual East Midlands Bricks Awards. The event celebrates the very best of the region’s architectural, construction and manufacturing industry, and, on behalf of Ibstock, I would like to extend my congratulations to each of the winners from across the evening.”


Responsible Business (sponsored by Press for Attention)

Student Housing

Runners up
Geda Construction
Leicestershire County Council


Harry Conti, of Student Housing, said: “We are proud to have been recognised for our efforts to be a responsible business by the Bricks Awards. This year has brought with it some unique challenges, but we’re very pleased with how our team has risen to the occasion to deal with them whilst keeping sustainability at the heart of everything we do.”

Greg Simpson of Press for Attention, sponsor of the Responsible Business category, said: “It is great to be able to recognise that not all success is about the bottom line. Businesses across all sectors have a responsibility to minimise their effect on the environment whilst maximising the positive changes they can make in the world.

“The Bricks shine a spotlight on construction and property and it was great to see so many organisations giving something back.”


Commercial Development of the Year (sponsored by RSM)


G F Tomlinson – University of Nottingham Biodiscovery Institute

Runners up
Rayner Davies Architects – Wilford Care Home
J Tomlinson – Airfield Business Park


Managing Director of G F Tomlinson, Andy Sewards, said: “We are delighted that our project, the University of Nottingham Biodiscovery Institute, has won Commercial Development of the Year at this year’s Bricks Awards. Recognised by the judges, the centre is a pivotal development for the university and the East Midlands, and we are proud to say that we have delivered such an important facility for the future of medical research.

“The success of this project stems from the excellent working relationship and collaboration between the G F Tomlinson team, the University of Nottingham and Benoy Architects, which made the design and construction process run so smoothly. Well done to the whole project team including all our supply chain partners – it’s fantastic to see everyone’s hard work rewarded in this way.”

Sheetal Sanghvi of RSM, sponsor of Commercial Development of the Year, said: “RSM were proud to sponsor the 2020 Brick Awards for the first time. As with all the events this year, it was held virtually and was very well organised and ran to time. We also managed to network with a couple of the winners after the award ceremony. Congratulations once again to all the winners and the organisers for a successful event. We hope to be able to meet and network in person in 2021.”


Overall winner (sponsored by Street Chartered Accountants)

Geda Construction Ltd


Marie Boobyer, New Business Manager at GEDA, said: “We are over the moon winning Residential Development of the Year as well as Overall Winner at the 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards. Elston is a small Rural Historical village and we wanted an Affordable housing scheme to blend in with the historical surroundings and Architecture designs of the local area.

“Our team and wider ‘team’, including NCHA and HLP Architects worked relentlessly with the Parish Council and Planning authority to deliver this scheme and ensure it was in keeping with the requirements of the Local Authority Housing need.

“This award will give everyone involved a much-needed boost in these strange times, it also shows that an ‘Affordable homes’ scheme can compete with any Market scheme. The final winners are Nottingham Community Housing Residents who live in these homes. So thankyou to Business Link for organising, the judges and the sponsors who carried out the online event in the strangest of times.”

James Pinchbeck, Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants, sponsor of Overall Winner, said: “We are delighted to have supported the Bricks 2020. As property and construction tax specialists looking after clients across the East Midlands we recognise the great work and projects those in the sector are involved in.

“New developments, new builds and new schemes for existing properties and sites are common place across the region. The Bricks play an important part in highlighting the excellent work of all those engaged in the sector, not least in the challenging times we currently face. This year’s Awards included a host of a great entries and winners not least the recipient of the Streets sponsored overall winner, Geda Construction.”


Thanks to our attendees, finalists, winners, keynote speaker – Ken Nettleship of Invest in Nottingham – and our sponsors.

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Developer of the year

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Deal of the year

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Architects of the year

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