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GRAHAM Farrans Construction JV take top prize for A6 scheme

GRAHAM Farrans Construction JV have taken the ‘Overall Award’ for the A6 North Western Transport Corridor Dualling between Randalstown and Castledawson at the 2021 Construction Excellence Awards.

Representatives of GRAHAM and Farrans Construction receiving the Overall Award (pictured l-r: Gareth McLaverty (Project Manager, GRAHAM), Leo Martin (Managing Director – Civil Engineering, GRAHAM), John Tracey (CEF President and Managing Director of Tracey Bros) and Dominic Lavery (Managing Director, Farrans Construction))

After an absence of a year due to the pandemic, the Awards returned this year with a Virtual Ceremony that took place this evening.

The Awards panel of judges deemed the scheme - a £189m Northern Ireland Executive Flagship project incorporating 21 major structures, including five compact grade separated junctions, four pedestrian bridges, five underpasses and seven overbridges – worthy of the ‘Overall Award’ after extensive deliberation over it and the many other category winners.

Congratulating the winners, Mark Spence, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation, said:

“As Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon MLA said at the scheme’s completion, this is “a project that we are rightly proud of”. Given the many decades of planning and the huge challenges presented in getting the scheme commenced, it is highly appropriate that we recognise the A6 Randalstown-Castledawson dualling as this year’s ‘Overall Award’ winner.

“The A6 dualling is a significant economic investment into the North West region and one that will, undoubtedly, act as a major catalyst for economic growth in the area and beyond. Everyone at GRAHAM and Farrans Construction, as well as in their extensive supply chains, should be proud at what they have achieved in delivering this significant infrastructure project and it, once again, reflects positively the skills and expertise that Northern Ireland’s construction industry consistently delivers”.

Mr Spence also commended each of the 22 category award winners for their success – particularly those in the newly introduced categories which focus on the individuals who have either given substantial years of commitment to the industry or are just starting out on their journey as an apprentice. On this, he commented:

“For over 20 years, the Construction Excellence Awards have successfully focused on the projects and companies that help drive Northern Ireland forward. This year, for the first time, we believed it was only right that we sought to showcase the longstanding and emerging talent within the industry through our Construction Person of the Year Awards and our Apprentice of the Year Award. Our sector is nothing without its people and Jim Killen (Sacyr UK), Jordan Allingham (EHA Group) and Annie Crozier (Heron Bros) should be rightly proud of the recognition they have achieved”.




Overall Winner Award

GRAHAM Farrans Construction Joint Venture – A6 Dualling Scheme


Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award

Woodvale Construction – Schools Bundle 5 Completion works


Building in Use Award

Woodvale Construction – Arvalee School & Resource Centre, Omagh



General Construction

Commercial Construction Award, above £1m

Farrans Construction - South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon


Restoration Award

Woodvale Construction - St Mary’s Church, Lavey


Fit-Out Award

GRAHAM - Eagle Star House, Belfast


Social/Community Construction Award, above £1m

Charles Brand - Lagan Gateway Project, Belfast


Social/Community Construction Award, below £1m

Ganson UK - Greenhill YMCA Community Hub, Newcastle




Private Housing Award

Braidwater Homes – Birch Hill, Derry/Londonderry


Social Housing Award                                       

Connolly & Fee - Graham Street, Lisburn


Multiple Occupancy Award                             

Mascott Construction (Europe) - FX Building, Belfast


Highly Commended - JH Turkington & Sons - 123 York Street, Belfast


GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award, above £2.5m

Woodvale Construction – NDFA Schools Bundle 5, Carlow, Kells, Bray & Wexford


GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award, below £2.5m

J Oliver Hearty & Sons – Grange Castle Park & Castle Conservation, Dublin




Transport and Utilities Infrastructure Award                                                            

GRAHAM Farrans Construction Joint Venture, A6 Dualling Scheme


Health Infrastructure Award

Farrans Construction – Altnagelvin Hospital, North Wing, Derry/Londonderry


Education Infrastructure Award

OHMG – SRC Banbridge



Quality Performance

Environmental Sustainability Award                                                            

Dawson WAM


Training Award

Combined Facilities Management


Health & Safety Award

GEDA Construction


Social Value Award

Combined Facilities Management – NIHE Maintenance & Improvement Contract



Construction Person of the Year Award

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award

Annie Crozier - Heron Bros


Rising Star Award

Jordan Allingham - EHA Group


Outstanding Contributor Award

Jim Killen - Sacyr UK