Tyrone church on awards shortlist

Pictured [L-R] are: Ray Hutchinson (CEF President and Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash), Sue Gray (Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance), John Armstrong (CEF Managing Director)
Pictured [L-R] are: Ray Hutchinson (CEF President and Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash), Sue Gray (Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance), John Armstrong (CEF Managing Director)

A restored church in CoTyrone is on the shortlist for this year’s Construction Excellence Awards.

Representatives from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland gathered recently at a special celebration event to showcase the work of shortlisted finalists for this year’s Construction Excellence Awards, among them JPM Contracts for the Sacred Heart Church, Omagh, which is in the Restoration Award category.

The 19th edition of the Awards – run by the Construction Employers Federation [CEF] in partnership with SPECIFY magazine – celebrate the best construction, civil engineering and housebuilding projects delivered by Northern Irish companies over the past year. The ‘Showcase of Finalists’ event was held at the Crowne Plaza Belfast and was addressed by Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance.

Speaking at the event, CEF Managing Director John Armstrong said: “The sheer scale and variety of the work on display is testament to the high level of quality, skill, and innovation that underpins the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

“Our annual Construction Excellence Awards are a celebration of the fantastic work that the sector delivers every year across the UK, Ireland and further afield and, importantly, recognise the huge contribution that the sector makes to the local economy.

“Our panel of judges, who have been visiting each of the shortlisted projects to identify the 13 category winners and the overall winner, have been hugely impressed with the calibre of entries this year and now have very difficult decisions to make. I warmly congratulate all of this year’s shortlisted companies and wish them every success in the Awards.”

There are 13 awards split across five categories with an additional two Judges Special Awards.

They are: Overall Award, Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award, Fit-Out Award, Restoration Award, Commercial Construction Award, Social/Community Construction Award, Environmental Sustainability Award, Health & Safety Award, Training Award, Social Housing Award, Private Housing Award, Transport and Utilities Infrastructure Award, Health Infrastructure Award, Education Infrastructure Award and, GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award.

The winners will be revealed at a gala dinner in the Culloden Hotel on October 18.