Cream of construction industry gathers to celebrate top trades of 2017

The 2017 Trades Awards winners at Ardoe House
The 2017 Trades Awards winners at Ardoe House

The fifth annual Trades Awards, which were once again sponsored by Stewart Milne Group, took place at Ardoe House Hotel June 9 to celebrate and reward excellence within the North East trades and construction industry.

A total of 13 awards were handed out across the evening, recognising both individual and company achievements, ranging from “Apprentice of the Year” to “Best Trades Business, 11+ Employees”. This year’s special award for “Outstanding Contribution” went to Gordon Gerrie of Scotia Homes, for his dedication and commitment to apprentices and those entering the construction industry across the past 40 years.

The black tie ceremony raised over £4,000 for the official Trades Awards 2017 charity partner, Instant Neighbour, and their CEO Sophy Green was there to tell the audience about the charity’s strong ties to the trades and construction industry via the social enterprise, Joiners Inc.

The winners of Trades Awards 2017 included:

  • Home/Building Improvement – Interior, sponsored by Flexistore

  • Hyve Architects

    • Home/Building Improvement – Exterior, sponsored by WM Donald

    • MB Landscapes and MCK Construction – joint winners

      • Tradesperson of the Year, sponsored by The Evening Express

      • Keith Murray, WM Donald

        • Excellence in Health & Safety, sponsored by Safety Scotland

        • Stewart Milne Group

          • Young Surveyor of the Year, sponsored by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
          • Stephen MacPhail, CALA Homes

            • Site Manager of the Year, sponsored by CALA Homes
            • Allan Barclay, Barratt Homes

              • Outstanding Customer Service, sponsored by AD Heating
              • Barratt Homes

                • Best New Business, sponsored by Thorpe Molloy
                • John Willox Kitchen Design

                  • Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Scotia Homes
                  • Luke Robinson, Aircon Scotland

                    • Trades Innovation, sponsored by The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen
                    • Granite City Ceilings

                      • Best Trades Business, 0-10 Employees, sponsored by Revive The Finish
                      • Hyve Architects

                        • Best Trades Business, 11+ Employees, sponsored by Richard Irvin Energy Solutions
                        • WM Donald

                          • Outstanding Contribution
                          • Gordon Gerrie, Scotia Homes

                            Michael Wilson, managing director of Mearns & Gill, the event organisers, said: “Friday night was an incredible celebration of the skill, passion and dedication that is present within the North East construction industry. The atmosphere was electric as each of this year’s winners were announced, and our Trades Awards judges were finally allowed to relax after a particularly intense judging process, due to the high standard of applicant this year.

                            “On behalf of everyone at Mearns & Gill, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of this year’s extremely worthy Trades Awards winners, and to thank every person and company who took the time to enter this year. Without your support, there would be no awards ceremony, and we very much hope to speak with you all again when Trades Awards 2018 launches in December.”

                            Neil Thomson, construction director of Stewart Milne Homes, said: “We at Stewart Milne Group are delighted to have been main sponsor of Trades Awards for the 3rd year running. It remains hugely important to us to promote our industry in a positive way, and to have the opportunity locally, to remind individuals working both within and out with the industry, that they can have a long, very successful, and very rewarding career in construction.

                            “On a personal note, it was an honour for me to represent Stewart Milne Group on the judging panel again, and to see first-hand that the future of the North East construction industry is in very safe hands.”

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