On Tuesday 10 October, the winners of the #iBuiltThis2017 competition were announced by Architect and TV Presenter, George Clarke. The Awards were presented during an invitation-only event at the annual industry showcase UK Construction Week at the NEC near Birmingham.
FIS President Steve Coley addressed the audience with an overview of the campaign, thanking the sponsors and partners for supporting the competition. He then handed over to George Clarke, who talked passionately about his involvement with construction and the challenges that we face.
The first award, for the 13 Years and Under category, was sponsored by Building Heroes. Its founder and CEO, Brendan Williams, came onto the stage to accept the award on behalf of the winner, Kendrick Long. Using a mixture of gardening materials, his mum’s chopsticks and Lego bricks, Kendrick created his project ‘New three little pigs’ in a story format.
Sponsored by the Home Builders Federation, the category for 14-18 Years was won by Emily Ash for her project ‘Wall and Cavity Synoptic Testing’. She represents the Brookland College Building Department and also the next generation of bricklayers. Jenny Herdman collected the award on Emily’s behalf.
The category 19 Years and Over was sponsored by Silver Trowel, with representative Colin Teagle coming on stage to present the winner, Carwyn Jones, with his award. Carwyn’s project ‘The Dragon’s Eye’ allows the occupants to enjoy a stunning view of the Welsh landscape.
A Judges’ Award for Excellence was won by Frankie Bicker for his lime and fibrous plastering restoration at the Royal Academy of Arts. As the sponsor of the Award, Lydia Sharples from Nevill Long collected the prize on his behalf.