Heron Bros take top prize for Foyle College

Heron Bros have taken the ‘Overall Award’ for the new Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School, Derry/Londonderry at the 2018 Construction Excellence Awards.

Pictured (L-R): Ray Hutchinson (CEF President and Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash), Noel Mullan (Commercial Director of Heron Bros) and Raymonde Nathan (Regional Director of JLT and Awards Principal Sponsor)

The Awards Gala Evening, held last night at the Culloden Hotel & Spa, saw the firm win the award for their work on the £27m new build at the former Clooney Army base in the city.

Hosted by the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in partnership with Specify magazine, the awards also recognised an additional 14 category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality performance.

Congratulating the overall winners, CEF Managing Director John Armstrong said: “Heron Bros’ work in delivering the £27m project is an excellent example of how our local construction industry is pivotal to the development of so many important projects across a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland each year.

“The judging panel were particularly impressed at the best-practice construction techniques including major site excavation over a 38-acre site, innovative value engineering changes derived from their site-based team and use of emerging mobile technology to manage their supply chain. They were also extremely impressed in how the project was managed, and in particular how Heron Bros exceeded the sustainability objectives to deliver a ‘best in class’ project”.

Mr Armstrong also commended each of the 13 category award winners for their success against what he described as a ‘time of ongoing political and economic uncertainty’ for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

Now in their 19th year, the Construction Excellence Awards continue to go from strength to strength with this year seeing a record number of over 120 entries across all 14 categories.

Full list of winners