The Construction Development Alliance(CDA) Awards Evening 2018

On May 24th, the stage lights were set for the bi-annual Young Persons in Construction Awards.  Construction professionals from around the North West came together to celebrate the achievements of five students

The Burnley Mechanics theatre room was elegantly decorated in CDA’s colours black and gold.

 The Awards

A number of construction professionals come together to congratulate and award extraordinary construction students from around the North West.

The awards were won by

  • Overcoming Diversity -Jack Silcox
  • Young Apprentice-Megan Talbot
  • Young Construction Professional- Brad Lees
  • Young Construction Environmentalist- Caitlin Thompson
  • Young Designer- Micheal Burdaky

The overall winner for this years was – Jack Silcox

Due to the high influx of amazing candidates this year, the judges struggled to choose who deserved the awards most. For the first time in the Cda award history, a highly commended Apprentice in Construction category was opened, so this year Highly Commended went to Conor Birtwistle.

Hawthorn Estates along with the other members of the CDA are determined to support young people in construction to achieve higher and to create those long lasting business connections that will benefit them in the future.

The Event

This year the CDA highlighted the need for more Women in Construction.

Chair Emily Millar of Hawthorn Estates spoke about the benefits of women in construction with a story of a real-life experience from when her mother Kendall Dootson was a truck diver back in the 1980’s.

Along the lines of women in male-oriented roles, the special guest host was none other than Ms Charlie Dimmock from Ground Force.

Charlie entertained the guests with the story of how she came to be on Ground Force, she shared many bloopers during her career. She was enthused and charming, the CDA and their guests were over the moon with Charlie throughout the night.

The Charity

At each event, a charity is chosen; this year the charity was the YMCA Housing. Representative Lorraine Prentice was over the moon with the support given to the charity and are very grateful for all the donations given on the night.

The amount raised during the awards was £1753.00

Money is raised for the charity by voluntary donations this can be done online, and those hoping to win gift hampers at the end of the evening. If you would like to donate to this charity please follow this link.

There were 11 hampers and a Lollipop Topiary Tree to be won on the night. The winners of the hampers had received the sponsors business leaflets along with lots of different treats.

At the end of the event, the CDA happy donated the Flower arrangements to the Pendall Side Hospice in Burnley.

At Hawthorn Estates we are looking forward to the next wards in 2020.

The Sponsors

The awards Headline Sponsor was Sika.

The Drinks & Canape’s Reception Clement Acoustics Ltd


Overall Winner – Roman Summer Assoc

The Young Designer in Construction – JJO Plc

The Young Apprentice in Construction – Poole Dick Assoc

The Young Construction Professional – Forbes Solicitors

The Young Construction Environmentalist – REC

Overcoming Adversity in Construction – Site Surveying Services


Personal Protection Equipment – Raydar Safety Ltd

Table Sponsor – LABC


Gift Hampers &  Lollipop Topiary made by Little Farm Country Crafts

Penny Bennett Landscapes, Sympathetic Works, Watson Laurie, Jeremy Buckley Properties, Ian Farmers Assoc, Ratcliffe Groves Partnership, Bowland Tree Consultancy, AP Bolton Builders, Eric Wright, Pennine Fire & Saftey, CDA.