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Sir Michael Latham award for British construction company 'Mace'

The construction industry must play its part by closing its £15 billion annual productivity gap.


Government Press Release 13 Jul 2018, 02:28 PM United Kingdom
Sir Michael Latham award for British construction company 'Mace'
  • This is the first time the award has been presented at the 2018 Construction News Awards, where Mace also won Best Innovation for its ‘Rising Factory’. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Sir Michael Latham award was created by the Government to recognize construction firms who adopt modern methods of construction, innovative technology, collaborative working and high-quality apprenticeships.

Mace is a leading British construction company and is being recognized for their innovative 'Rising Factory' method, where a factory climbs up a building as both the structure and internal rooms are built within.

The awards are independently judged by construction industry experts who called Mace's entry an 'ingenious development', and one which is likely to be adopted across the industry over the next few years. This approach is estimated to make construction safer, 25% faster and to cut waste by 75%.

The award is supported by the IPA, part of the Treasury, and BEIS. It was created in Sir Michael Latham's honour as one of the first individuals to advocate for greater modernization of the construction sector in his 1994 Constructing the Team report.

This is the first time the award has been presented at the 2018 Construction News Awards, where Mace also won Best Innovation for its 'Rising Factory'.

It follows publication of the Construction Sector Deal and Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme - the Government's long-term plans to improve the productivity of the sector.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP, speaking at the award ceremony last night said:

"We are backing Britain with record investment in infrastructure so we can build a country that is fit for the future.

"The construction industry must play its part by closing its £15 billion annual productivity gap.

"Mace's innovative way of building has the potential to increase safety and efficiency right across the sector."

Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington MP, said:

"Mace is championing the sort of innovation, collaboration and investment in skills that must become standard practice in the construction sector to meet the nation's infrastructure and housing needs.

"The government has made the biggest investment in construction for at least a decade through our modern Industrial Strategy and Construction Sector Deal, and together with industry we are working to create buildings that are smarter, safer and cheaper to run."

Chief Executive of Mace, Mark Reynolds said:

"We are hugely honoured to receive the Sir Michael Latham Award for our work on the rising factories at N08 East Village. Sir Michael's work had a massive impact on the construction industry, encouraging us all to push forward innovation, improve how we work and build on his legacy.

"For Mace, the rising factories represent an evolution of how we can deliver buildings, and this award is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work done by our project team and supply chain to make that a reality. It's also important to acknowledge that we can't deliver innovation like this on our own – this award would not have been possible without the support of our clients."