The Annual black-tie dinner was an energetic event held at the Imperial War museum in Manchester, just accross the river from Media City.

The event was held for the members of the Chamber and their guests in the north-west.

To represent Hawthorn Estates was Emily Millar and Zoe Heslop. Kevin Millar was among the CIOB representatives.

The beginning of the evening was a chance to network with the guests at a drinks and canapes reception which was sponsored by Builderstorm

Chairman was John Atkins.

Guest Speaker and Host Andy Crane.

Charity for the evening was The Steve Burne Charitable Trust Supporting The Christie Charitable Fund.

 Event Speakers

John Atkins, the Chair for the Greater Manchester Chamber Property & Construction Group, thanked the members for helping to keep the Chamber growing.

Three finalists where invited to enjoy the night events, there it would be the revealing who won the Apprentice of the Year award.

Mr Atkins explained that this was the seventh Apprentice of The Year award run by the Greater Manchester Chamber. In 2018 the award was renamed in memory of Steve Burne ther former vice-president and chair of the property & construction group.

Five candidates were in the running for this years Building of the Year award.

The Guest Host -Andy Crane

Mr Crane has been involved with broadcasting for more than 35 years.

You may recognise him from his role in The Broom Cupboard on Children’s BBC in 1986. He was also the senior news anchor at Channel M News from 2004 -2010

Andy gave a very enthusiastic and compeling segment for the evening. He expressed how he was happy to be chosen to host the nights festivities and be apart of awarding the Apprentice and Building of the year.

A Steve Burne Apprentice of the Year Award 2019

2019 is the seventh Apprenice of The Year Award.

Any current construction apprentice (techinical or trade based) in the Greater Manchester Area, that are able to demonstrate strenghts in all areas of the criteria set for the awards such as Motivation and drive, team work, going above and beyond, and how oportunities they faced impacted them personally are accepted as nominees for this award.

The three finalists arrived at the Imperial War Museum not knowing if they had won the Apprentice of the year award.  they did not have to wait long, as the award was announced after John Akins Finished his address to the audiance.

Here is a list of the three candidates:

  • Liam Gee –  Three Sixty ( Stockport Homes Group) – Level 2 Apprenticeship in Framework in Roofing Occupations
  • Holleeann Walker – Laing O’Rourke – Intermediate Formworking Civil
  • Abdul Tahir – Mace Group – HNC in construction and a L4 NVQ Diploma in Construction and Building Services Management and Supervision (Sustainabillity)

There was such high calibre of entrants that the judges had a difficult job in choosing the shortlist candidates.

Laing O’Rourke kindly Sponsored the award and Tom Higgins, company Director Present the Award.

The Winner of the Apprentice of the Year 2019 was Abdul Tahir

Building of the Year Award 2019

This Award is to recognise the contributions a building has to Greater Manchester in terms of Construction and Development.

contributions could include:

  • The significance of the building to the city region,
  • Impact on the local economy,
  • effect on local community,
  • terms of urban regeneration and environmental enhancement,
  • Eccelence of design
  • controbution to urban design and townscape

Eagerly awaited the announcement is the Five finalists, here is a list of the three candidates:

  1. The Pavilion- The Largest Timber-framed building and is home to The Ivy, it is located in the heart of the city.
  2. Roof Gardens – New high-density development of family homes and apartments. the rich history of the area was though about with the colour and materials used.
  3. Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) – As part of the university of manchester, the Site underwent a complete referbishment. they overcame a number of challenges. BREEAM assigned a ‘Very Good’ rating.
  4. Windmill Green – Transforming a delapidated 1970’s office building into a modern workplace with rooftop pravillion and garden. BREEAM rated ‘Outstanding’. it utilises innovative energy-saving measures.
  5. Tameside One – consolidating key agencies into onebuilding, encouraging partnership and improving service users experiance.

Each of the buildings contribute to Manchesters continued development

The Award was kindly Sponsored by the Chartered Institute Of Building (CIOB). Mike Foy OBE Vice-President of the CIOB presented the award.

The Winner of the Building of the Year 2019 was Alliance Manchester Business School

The Chosen Charity

The selected charity for the evening was The Steve Burne Charitable Trust, that supports The Christie Charitable Fund.

The Steve Burne Trust, was created by the Steve Burne as a legacy of his charitable fundraising during his life.

Mr Burne saddly died last year due to a rare form of Cancer at age 48, though this tragic time Steve continued to fundraise for the charities in the area, and his family continue to work for the trust.

The Total amount raise on the night was £2,000 which will go to the charity chosen by the Steve Burne Trust

It was the Burne family’s wish that the Annual dinner’s charity be The Christie Fund, as it is one of Europe’s Leading Cancer Facilities. The Christie is known for many of the world-firsts that impact on cancer treatments across the globe.

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