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Costain Awards Highlight Excellence

14 December 2015

This year’s Costain Annual Awards ceremony was always going to be particularly special, given the Company’s celebration of its 150th anniversary. And so it turned out, for several reasons.

Marking the special circumstances required a very special venue – which was why nominees, top executives and their partners arrived at The Pavilion at the historic Tower of London, one of the capital’s most iconic buildings.

It was also special for the record number of nominations received by the awards’ judges, a testament to how many groups and individuals were deemed to have gone above and beyond what an organisation can reasonably expect of its staff.

“We were delighted to receive a record 1294 nominations from around the business for the awards,” said Chief Executive Andrew Wyllie. “To be shortlisted is therefore an achievement in itself and all of those who have been shortlisted have done something extraordinary.”

The past year, of course, has also seen the Costain 150 Challenge, by which the Company pledged to raise £1 million pounds for four very deserving causes – the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Prince’s Trust and The Samaritans.

“When we launched the 150 Challenge we realised the size of the task,” said Andrew. “However, our confidence was high because we were relying on Costain people to succeed. They were the ones who would stage the fund-raising events, which would cover a multitude of activities from baking cakes to parachuting out of planes.

“The excellent performance of our business, combined with the 150 Challenge, has clearly demonstrated the special qualities of Costain people.”

The glittering evening’s high point was the presentation of the awards, with the following being nominated in the 11 categories:

Contribution to Safety, Health and Environment
Damien Canning
Shaun Christopher & Stephan Van Brummelen
Aubrey Davies
Dean Saunders
Fiona Ward
Winner: Fiona Ward

Innovation of the Year
Mat Butler
Crossrail C610 – Drilling Rig
Hammersmith Flyover
Danny Keelagher
Bryony Livesey
Mark Tootell
Winner: Bryony Livesey

Business Development / Customer Satisfaction
Andy Clarke
Peter Crabtree
Dimlington Freon Replacement Project
Gas Transmission Asset Health Project
Frankley WTW TCT Team
Total Edradour Bid Team
Winner: Peter Crabtree

Contribution to the Community
4D Portsmouth Flood Alleviation Scheme
Sarah Allez
Heysham to M6 Link Road
Eddie McKenna
Richard Paddey
Luke Richardson
Winner: 4D Portsmouth Flood Alleviation Scheme

Supply Chain Partner of the Year
4way Consulting Ltd
Bridges Electrical Engineers Ltd
Joseph Gallagher Ltd
Keltbray Group
Pinsent Masons
Tandem Creative
Winner: Bridges Electrical Engineers Ltd

Trainee of the Year
Karin Jones
Katie Matthews
Niku Nobakhti
Rosie Timms
Ross Trickett
Billy Welch
Winner: Niku Nobakhti

Unsung Hero
Paul Boulton
Hilary Ellson
Trevor Girton
John Hooker
Clive Marks
Ejaz Qayyum
Iwan Rudyj
Winner: Iwan Rudyj

Manager of the Year
Andy Bannister
Simon Ellison
Kirk Roderick
Richard Price
Richard Stuart
Fiona Ware
Winner: Andy Bannister

Team of the Year
BIM Development
Hammersmith Flyover
Highways Sector
HR Services
M1 Smart Motorways
Dimlington Freon Replacement Project
Winner: Dimlington Freon Replacement Project

Most Daring Costain 150 Challenge Activity
Richard Heaps Extreme Challenge
London to Rome Cycling Team
Maidenhead Sky Dive Team
Caroline MacPhee (Head Shave)
Mont Blanc Climb Team
Spinnaker Tower Abseiling Team
Winner: Maidenhead Sky Dive Team

Most Inventive Costain 150 Challenge Activity
Derek Arnold (Pigeon Racing)
Heysham to M6 Link Road (Welly Walk)
Colin Mitton’s Track Days
Power Sector 150W Bike Challenge
Sue Sparkes’ Store
David Taylor’s Songathon
Winner: Heysham to M6 Link Road (Welly Walk)

Caption: Costain 150th Anniversary Awards Winners pictured with TV Business Journalist and Awards Host, Steph McGovern (second from left)



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