Awards Success for Cormac and the Corserv Group

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The Corserv Group is celebrating an impressive run of awards success this month. Cormac, in collaboration with Cornwall Housing and Cornwall Council, claimed five top accolades, at two of the most prestigious events for the construction and civil engineering industry.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards and the Constructing Excellence Awards events brought industry leaders and achievers together this autumn to recognise and celebrate excellence.

ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards

As a Group we claimed three prizes at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards; with the judges recognising the collaborative working that has enabled Cormac’s engineers to help communities throughout the pandemic.

Both the Judges’ Special Award and the Community Award went to the Emergency Homeless Housing Scheme created by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing, which provided 22 cabins as temporary accommodation for homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown. 

As the main contractor, Cormac Solutions was recognised for its tenacity in overcoming major supply chain challenges during the installation at Truro and Penzance. The cabins, which were set up with mains drainage and power in just three weeks, also included seating, landscaping and planters for tenants to grow their own vegetables.

Jon Warner, Housing Manager at Cornwall Housing, said:

“This project has been life changing for some of our clients during the pandemic. The accommodation provided a real alternative to the normal emergency accommodation offer. They have space and their own front door. Which after months, sometimes years on the street has given them a real chance to recover and thrive.

“Not only has it changed individual lives. The scheme is changing the whole idea of what emergency accommodation looks like. Similar schemes are now being planned elsewhere in the County. The speed with which Cormac designed and delivered was simply breath-taking." 

There was further success for Cormac with Katie Lawson, winning the Apprentice of the Year Award. It was Katie’s personal determination and refusal to give up on her dream that won the judging panel over. The panel said her enthusiasm, integrity and work ethic shone through and she was an inspiring role model, especially for those who might not believe civil engineering is for them.

In reaction to her award, Katie said:

“Since working as an Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician I’ve worked on many different schemes, including The Saints Trails on both the design and construction teams. This has enabled me to develop as an engineer and also as a person; learning new skills and gaining confidence in myself and my work.

“Being nominated for the ICE SW Apprentice of the Year Award and knowing that my hard work and determination has been recognised is an honour. I was delighted to make it into the top three so winning was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.”

Dominic Bostock, Cormac Highways, Environment and Civils Managing Director, added:

“Our mission is to improve the lives of the people of Cornwall, and our projects have a real impact on Cornish communities. To be recognised by industry leaders in this way is reinforcement of that – especially for such an important scheme like the Emergency Homeless Housing Project, which helped so many during the height of the pandemic."

“We are also really pleased that Katie was recognised. Her dedication and commitment demonstrates the value she will bring to the industry and her future career.”

Constructing excellence accolades for Cormac

Awards also rolled in at the Constructing Excellence South West Awards; with the Cormac team winning the Civils Project of the Year for the first phase of the refurbishment and revitalisation of Penzance Promenade and the Conservation & Regeneration Award for work undertaken at Saltash Train Station. Cormac were also highly commended in the Innovation Awards category for the Emergency Homeless Housing Project.

Commenting on their success, Nick James, Contract Manager for Cormac said;

“We couldn’t be more pleased. The awards are about quality, standards, innovation and teamwork and they really showcase our skilled workforce and supply chain. The pandemic has presented challenges for all industries, but construction in particular has continued to deliver excellent results. We’re very proud of everyone involved”.

More information on the Penzance Promenade scheme can be found at: Penzance Promenade Project - CORMAC (cormacltd.co.uk)

You can find the full list of winners can be on the Constructing Excellence South West Awards website and on Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) website.

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Left to right: Alan Ibbotson, Sophie House, Katie Lawson, Aaron Penhaligon, Noreen Jefferies (Client) Will Harwood, Jay Durber and Tom James