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Tough time for judges: APS announces entries into national awards

With its National CDM and Student Designer Awards shortlist announcement due later this month, the Association for Project Safety (APS) has announced a bumper year of entries into its UK-wide competition.

Across the nine different categories in the National CDM Awards, the judges have been overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of entries.  Head of Events and External Communications, Laura Hardie, said:

 “It is always a pleasure to see our panel of esteemed judges marking the entries into the National CDM Awards – it’s an opportunity to see first-hand some of the exceptional work our Members and other professionals across the Construction Health and Safety sector are delivering.”

“With judging well underway, it’s been no easy process, we’ve seen lots of deliberation amongst judges in each category. While the quality of entries into the National CDM Awards has always been high, this year the entrants have really raised their game – in order to win you really do have to beat the very best.”

The National CDM Awards celebrate inspirational good practice in the Construction Health and Safety sector and are a benchmark of excellence aimed at highlighting how good design and health and safety practices can help reduce deaths, injury and ill-health, both physical and mental.  The awards demonstrate that APS Members are amongst the most highly skilled professionals in Construction Health and Safety and are driving change and pushing up standards in the industry so that construction workers can return home happily and healthily to their families each day. 

In addition to the National CDM Awards, the Student Designer Awards also run parallel to the competition with the aim of recognising future industry leaders.  Entrants are challenged to respond creatively to buildability, maintainability and usability issues while observing their design responsibilities. 

Commenting on the quality of the student entries, Student Designer Awards Head Judge, Murray Thomson, said:

“During my time as a Director of APS, I established the Student Designer Awards and proudly continue to support the scheme 10 years down the line.” 

“Each and every year I am heartened by the quality of projects students working towards a construction-related degree are delivering as part of their programmes, along with the promise they’re showing as young professionals, delivering exceptional work and raising standards as part of their practice in the years to come.  This year is no different – I have been delighted by the talent and future promise the entrants have demonstrated and my fellow judges have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the submissions to determine the winner.”

The panel of judges for the National CDM and Student Designer Awards consists of professionals with relevant areas of expertise across the Construction Health and Safety sector.  With years of experience in their respective fields, judges are invited to the panel by APS based on their professional credentials, meaning that in order to win an award, entrants have to impress some of the biggest, best and most respected individuals in the business. 

Judges are only permitted to judge a maximum of three categories to ensure the integrity of the awards.  They are sent the relevant submissions for their categories to score as an individual, before coming together with their fellow category judges to deliberate the scores and decided the winner. In the event of two submissions vying for first place, the judges may request further information for consideration to distinguish between the two entries.

Leslie McLeod, CEO of APS, said:

“Winning a National CDM or Student Designer Award is a testament to the individual’s or team’s professionalism, skill and expertise.  The judging process is vigorous and something we treat really very seriously.  Just because you may enter an award, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically make the shortlist – only the best of the best get through to the final round with real leading-lights in the industry scooping the top prize on the night.

“With the shortlist announcement now only a matter of weeks away, excitement around the awards is starting to build.  As it’s the National CDM and Student Designer Awards’ 10th anniversary year, the celebrations are set to be even bigger and better than ever before and we’re really excited to welcome of all of the shortlisted entries to the awards dinner.  They have done a sterling job to have made it this far in the competition and we’re looking forward to celebrating their achievements this far in the process with them.”

The National CDM and Student Designer Awards shortlist will be announced later in July once judges have completed their deliberations with tickets to the awards evening also available to purchase later in the month.

The awards evening will then take place at Gibson Hall, London, on Thursday 19 October 2017, with architect and TV presenter Piers Taylor taking on the role of Master of Ceremonies, overseeing the proceedings and announcing the lucky category award winners at the glittering event.