06 January 2021

Midas projects and people celebrate 2020 as a year of awards success

Midas Group has been reflecting on the extraordinary year that was 2020, which also brought exceptional success and recognition for many of its projects and people across a host of regional and industry awards.

Midas Construction’s own Aiden Shipp (pictured) had cause for celebration when he was named Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor at the CECA South West Young Achievers Awards.

In addition, South West Shared Apprentices’ Ben Dick, who is hosted by Midas and a student at City of Bristol College, was a finalist in the category of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (Construction) at the BristolLive and BathLive Apprentice Awards.

The 18th annual Michelmores Property Awards were celebrated a little differently, with a virtual ceremony in November. Kresen Kernow, the iconic new archive centre for Cornwall, won both the coveted Building of the Year award as well as the Project of the Year (over £5m) prize.

Judge Thelma Sorensen said that Kresen Kernow was ‘driving regeneration’ and was ‘a source of pride to many in the local community’.

The ceremony also saw Midas take home the award for Education Project of the Year in consecutive years, for its work in the creation of the new Hi Tech & Digital Centre at South Devon College.

With the Group shortlisted for a number of accolades at the 2020 Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) Awards in December, specialist residential business, Mi-space, was delighted to receive Highly Commended in the Project of the Year category for the Devonport Towers internal sprinkler and external fire protection project.

Earlier in the award season, the innovative Skol Nansledan, the new primary school for the Duchy of Cornwall’s Nansledan development near Newquay, took home the top prize in the Education category at the inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards South West; and Mi-space was thrilled to win the Property category at the Exeter Living Awards.

Five Midas Group sites were also honoured in the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2020 National Site Awards, including a Gold award for Mount Wise Towers in Plymouth; Silver for Sonnet Court Extra Care Facility in Hampshire and the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Bunker Extension at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital; and Bronze for the Harwoods Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Brighton, and Watermore Primary School in South Gloucestershire.

All of Midas’ projects are signed up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which works to promote a positive image of construction through best practices in the general public, workforce and environment.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive at the Midas Group, said: “2020 was a difficult year for everyone, and one which brought challenges in every aspect of life, for the construction industry and for our teams across the Group.

“Throughout this period, it has been the values which are so fundamental to Midas and the commitment by everyone in the team to delivering industry-leading customer service which has brought us successfully through 2020 and means we are in a strong position as we embark on the New Year.

“It has been fantastic to see that so many of our people and projects honoured with top industry awards throughout the last 12 months.

“I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved in these award-winning projects and all those who have been nominated for accolades in 2020. It is a source of pride for the whole company, a testament to the quality of our team and our work, and hugely reassuring as we look forward to the challenges ahead and what we hope will be a brighter 2021.”

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