LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021 winner: Public Service Superstar
More than 750 leading construction industry figures attended the LABC Building Excellence Awards at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel to acclaim best practise, quality and standards in construction.
These were the first Building Excellence Awards since 2019 following the global pandemic and LABC has revised the awards to focus more on professional skills and competence – dividing the awards into two: ‘people’ and ‘places’.
A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints, technical innovation and the building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects.
LABC is delighted to announce the Public Service Superstar winner is Andrew Rich, of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
The judges were impressed by Andrew’s commitment to keeping up to date with regulatory and industry changes and his vast knowledge of up-to-date fire safety legislation. Andrew can always be relied upon always to give correct information on projects under consultation, not only in his role as a fire safety specialist but also relating to building control and conservation in the built environment. He was also one of the very first fire officers who undertook LABC competency testing.
Congratulating Andrew, Lorna Stimpson, LABC Chief Executive said,
“These new style awards reflect LABC’s new focus on skills, quality and competency and reflect the best in construction from a technical perspective. Andrew has a very thorough understanding not only of building control but fire safety issues from an operational aspect. He is approachable at any time preferring face-to-face meetings instead of relying on paper consultation documents and is able to find cost effective solutions quickly that do not disrupt programmes of work. This hands on approach finds what works best and his solutions can be easily tracked back to relevant standards that are explained clearly and thoroughly to those working on the project.”
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