Saturday, May 30, 2020

Region round-up: councils, investment bodies and LEPs back the 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards

With a day left to submit nominations for the prestigious 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards, if you haven’t made your entries yet, now is the time.

Recognising development projects and people in commercial and public building across the region – from offices, industrial and residential, through to community projects such as leisure schemes and schools – the awards are split into 10 categories covering every aspect of the property sector and will celebrate the achievements and standards set by both companies and individuals.

This year’s award categories include: Contractor of the Year, Developer of the Year, Commercial Development of the Year, Residential Development of the Year, Sustainable Development of the Year, Deal of the Year, Most Active Agents of the Year, Architects of the Year, Excellence in Design, Responsible Business and of course Overall Winner.

Nominations forms can be found here. Simply click on the title of a category to access its form and criteria.

The Overall Winner of the East Midlands Bricks Awards will be awarded a year of marketing/publicity worth over £20,000.

Winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony on the 25th of March 2020, at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in the Derek Randall Suite. The event also presents an ideal opportunity to network with the region’s property and construction professionals, with over 150 in attendance in 2019. Ken Nettleship, Business Expansion Specialist at Invest in Nottingham, our host city’s inward investment agency, has been announced as the event’s guest speaker. Follow this link to book your tickets.

Councils, investment bodies and LEPs have all shown support for the 2020 East Midlands Bricks Awards, encouraging nominations and attendence. Here we round up their comments.

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.

“It’s important for companies to do their part in submitting themselves for awards like the East Midlands Bricks Awards, and to nominate themselves and others for the work they have done. Only by drawing attention to successes can businesses be recognised for them, and companies should seek to take advantage of every opportunity available.”

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.  

“We are lucky enough to have a very dynamic and innovative property and construction sector in Greater Lincolnshire and we look forward to seeing more entries from Lincolnshire businesses this year!”

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.

“Derby is experiencing a tangible increase in investment. Ground is being broken on the Nightingale Quarter, being brought forward by Wavensmere Homes, which will see over 800 new homes built in the city centre, along with the recent successful planning application for the Becketwell scheme, a £200m regeneration project in the heart of Derby. This scheme is being developed by St James Securities.

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

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 Brick Awards that help celebrate what is great about the East Midlands.

“From transformation of Leicester’s Waterside Regeneration area, including recent completion of the £50m Charles Street Buildings’ Great Central Square scheme providing fabulous new Grade A office space, new hotels and leisure offer, and the emerging £100m Space Park Leicester which is now on site; through to Leicester City Football Club’s world class training facility under construction ready for next season, large format advanced logistics and engineering investment around East Midlands Airport, opportunities at Lutterworth East and Access Group’s new £20m state of the art office headquarters growing Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park, there is a lot to be proud of.”

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.”

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. We’re in the process of building new council homes to ease rising demand, while the Waterside project will create further aspirational housing.

“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.

“The £250m Broadmarsh area redevelopment will see a new leisure and retail centre at intu Broadmarsh, a new bus station, car park, Central Library and retail spaces, a brand new college building, a world-class visitor attraction at Nottingham Castle and a fantastic new public realm area. This is just the start of our ambitious plans to bring more jobs, homes and growth to Nottingham.”

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.”

Programme

4.30pm – Networking and reception drinks

5.30pm – Welcome and awards presentation

7.30pm – End of formal proceedings, guests and nominees are invited to stay and celebrate/network over drinks.

Dress code is standard business suit.

See last year’s event in the video below.

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