THE Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced the shortlist for its National Awards.
The awards, which are returning after a pandemic-enforced two-year break, will be presented on October 20 at a gala dinner in the Novotel London West hotel.
To be hosted by award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons, it will follow the association’s annual national conference which is being held in the same venue.
To celebrate the return of the in-person format, BESA launched several new categories open to both members and non-members including Net Zero Initiative, Product Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Competence and Compliance, and Women in Building Services.
The Awards, which were free to enter, celebrate individuals, teams, and companies responsible for delivering projects, products, innovations, and initiatives that demonstrate excellence in building services engineering. All the entries were scrutinised by an expert panel of judges drawn from across the sector.
BESA revealed the new format has attracted a record number of entries, with a ‘wide array’ of building services talent appearing on the shortlist. The Product Innovation category has a shortlist of 16 due to the huge response from all parts of the industry demonstrating an impressive array of different technologies.
Graeme Fox, head of technical at BESA and chair of the judging panel, said, “The judges were hugely encouraged by the breadth and depth of talent and innovation represented by the large numbers of entries we received. We were particularly delighted to see such strong support for the Competence and Compliance award as this is a major focus for our sector – not least because of new building safety legislation.
“Both the large and small project categories also attracted strong support and demonstrated the best of our industry in action. Above all, this year’s awards brought to our attention some of the brightest and most self-sacrificing people who are sharing freely of their time and expertise for the greater good of the industry.
“We are hugely grateful for their efforts which bode well for the future of our profession.”