A rising star at a leading construction company has received a prestigious award for his managerial skills.
Owen Wright, who is 29 and started work as a carpenter at Robert Norman Construction, was chosen to receive the Colin Harvey Achievement Award at the annual Suffolk Joint Consultative Committee (SJCC) event which took place on 14th May at Trinity Park.
The award aims to reward outstanding young individuals and the judges recognised Owen’s development to date. It was his ability to manage projects and accept new challenges which made him stand out to the judges. Owen has progressed through the company to become a well-respected Site Foreman,
He received the commendation in front of representatives from the National Federation of Builders, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
Bob Page, Construction Director of the Framlingham-based construction company, said: “Owen has continually demonstrated his willingness to learn and improve and has fast become a key member of our team.
“Two years ago we recognised in Owen a potential to lead others and so he was given the opportunity to assist in the management of a project. This opportunity was embraced and he has continued to develop. Owen has now solely lead three important projects for the business.
“He has a keen eye for detail and a high regard for health and safety, something of paramount importance in this award category.”
The Colin Harvey Achievement Award, sponsored by Ipswich Interact, was created to recognise the importance of “on site management” in memory of the late Colin Harvey who passed away in October 2003.
Colin was instrumental and passionate about promoting construction site management training throughout the construction industry and, in particular, Suffolk and East Anglia.
Robert Norman Construction also received a commendation for the outstanding craftsmanship work undertaken on Dolphin House in Aldeburgh, as part of the RIBA Craftmanship Awards which were given out at the annual awards supper.
Other awards recognised individuals, architectural practices and building companies which had excelled in their training and development.
Also at the event Robert Norman, who has been chair of the SJCC for a year, officially handed over the reins to Martin Liddell Director of the MLM Structures Division
Mr Norman said: “The SJCC awards supper has become the premier construction industry event for Suffolk.
“I have been delighted to hold the role of chairman in the organisation and am happy to see it taken on by another individual well known in the industry who also understands its importance.”
The SJCC acts as a collaborative forum at which industry-wide and local issues can be discussed, and through which the collective opinions of members can be represented to national organisations, professional bodies, local authorities and the Government.