2020 Winners

The Construction Awards of Excellence are truly independent, owned by the sector for the sector, across all of the British Isles.

Building contractor of the year: Scotland

(Sponsored by Scottish Building Federation)

  • Winner: MacLeod Construction

The judges were particularly impressed with MacLeod’s holistic approach, their investment in the local area and particularly in training and development. They take a whole-life approach to sustainability and have a major focus on employee health and safety and wellbeing. An all-round outstanding organisation.

Building contractor of the year: Wales

(Sponsored by City & Guilds)

  • Winner: Barrie Thomas Builders

The judges say they were particularly impressed not only by the overall quality of Barrie Thomas’s work but by the good demonstration of traditional techniques alongside modern techniques – and this is also evidently a company with many happy customers.


Building contractor of the year: England – turnover under £15m

(Sponsored by Aldermore)

  • Winner: John Perkins Construction

Congratulations to John Perkins, whose approach to industry collaboration was roundly praised by the judges, as well as the way the company inspires the next generation and promotes new entrants into the industry. The way they approach their work, say the judges, is the direction the whole industry should be heading.

  • Highly Commended: Golden Houses

The judges were wowed by the quality of the craftsmanship and exhibition of skills that we don’t see often enough. They said that high-quality, aesthetically delightful properties like this are what our industry needs more of. 

Building contractor of the year: England – turnover over £15m

(Sponsored by The Bletchley Group)

  • Winner: Tilbury Douglas Construction (was Interserve)

Congratulations to Tilbury Douglas, whose detailed submission portrayed a high quality, high-performing company presenting a positive image of the sector and innovating across a number of areas as well as delivering a range of impressive new spaces.

  • Highly Commended: Henry Boot Construction

Congratulations to Henry Boot Construction. Highly Commended in this category for their commitment to future talent, their collaborative approach, use of technology and outstanding safety record.

UK house builder of the year – under 35 units/yr

(Sponsored by The Brick Development Association)

  • Winner: Woodhead Homes

It was Woodhead Homes’ innovation around sustainability, especially their pioneering work on a fabric first approach, as well as their total commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, that made them our worthy winners.

  • Highly Commended: Verto Homes

Congratulations to Verto. The judges enjoyed so many aspects of this submission, especially the company’s real commitment to net zero carbon; the judges say they demonstrate a real understanding of the need for fundamental changes in construction and are leading the way in sustainability innovation.

UK house builder of the year – over 35 units/yr

(Sponsored by Ibstock)

  • Winner: Pearce Construction

A really strong entry from Pearce, who ticked all the boxes around recruitment, skills, a serious commitment to apprenticeships, customer service, quality and partnership. Judges pointed to the company’s ethical approach to transforming a historically significant but neglected brownfield site in Barnstaple, which was the focal point of their entry.

Training initiative of the year

(Sponsored by NOCN)

  • Winner: Stepnell

Stepnell really set the pace on this one, say the judges, showing a truly deep commitment to lifelong learning as an essential part of their clearly defined culture and values. The judges enjoyed the way the company embraces the very latest technical ideas alongside other more traditional construction skills.

Young employee of the year

(Sponsored by Britbuild)

  • Winner: Nathan Woolhouse, Hammond Homes

Nathan makes a really impressive contribution to both the company and his local community, shows a determined commitment to keep improving in his work and has rebuilt has life after being forced to leave the Army with a career-ending injury.

  • Highly Commended: Bradley Longford, Henry Boot Construction

Bradley was highly commended because because he goes far beyond the call of duty both at work and outside work.

The judges called both Bradley and Nathan an inspiration to all young men and women in the industry and beyond.

Environmental initiative of the year

(Sponsored by CIP)

  • Winner: Verto Homes

Verto, say the judges, are a truly outstanding example of how to achieve low-carbon outcomes through a total, system-wide commitment to sustainable building and the delivery of homes that produce zero carbon in their day-to-day running. The range of technologies, the meticulousness of their approach, the unstinting dedication to innovation and their total commitment to live their own values really impressed the judges.

Heritage building project of the year

(Sponsored by City & Guilds)

  • Winner: Tilbury Douglas Construction (was Interserve)

The judges called Tilbury Douglas’s Engineering Heartspace development, which injected life into two of Sheffield’s landmark listed buildings, a bold, imaginative and well delivered project, despite facing a huge budget challenge. The company was commended on how it pulled together so many stakeholders to ultimately deliver an outstanding outcome.

  • Highly Commended: Stepnell

Stepnell faced many challenges on their project to restore and redevelop the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume workshop – and they overcome all of them to deliver a high quality project for a delighted client.

Lifetime achievement award

(Sponsored by Payapps)

  • Winner: Kenny Macleod, MacLeod Construction

We had a number of deserving entries for this category but leading the way was a man who has spent over 50 years in the construction industry and has made an untold contribution to the industry as a whole but in employment and training in particular. After serving their apprenticeships and spending five years working for Laing Construction in London, Kenny and his twin brother Murdo returned home to Argyll and Bute to set up their own business in 1972. Kenny was determined that young apprentices should be able to learn without leaving the area and he championed apprenticeship training at the local college, and many of those apprentices are now among the company’s 200 staff. Not only has the company that he and his brother, who sadly passed away in 2017, founded been commercially successful but his commitment to local training and employment has brought immeasurable benefit.