Harrogate contractor gets knocked for six with a score of four

It was hosted by Dominic Littlewood, the TV personality who told the audience,

“I would like to add my personal congratulations to each and every one of you. Being short-listed in an awards scheme such as this is testament to the hard work and commitment you demonstrate every day, well done.”

NFB National Chairman, Paul Senior of Keepmoat said,

“The Federation prides itself on its long, illustrious heritage. It also prides itself on its ability to forge the best traditions with a modern dynamism and relevance to today’s members. It’s an honour to be able to build upon last year’s success and to bring you these awards, which recognise and celebrate the best in our industry.”

After the three course meal, the winners were announced by the sponsors. They presented an engraved glass trophy and certificate to all award winners.

Dominic Littlewood added,

“Congratulations to all the winners, it is nice to be presenting awards to the builders and associate companies who’ve done the job right.” Derry Construction won all the four awards they were short-listed for.

The MD of the family-run business, Shane Derry said,

“I was both surprised and honoured to have been announced as winners of four awards. This follows our first entry into the 2012 awards for Refurbishment of the Year in which we were short-listed as one of only seven finalists. I know how hard it is to win outright so this news is incredible, especially when you consider the talent we were up against.”

Lewis Derry, the next generation of budding award winning builders who worked for the company for the first time on the award winning refurbishment project, was on the stage accompanied by his father to receive the Refurbishment of the Year Award. Shane Derry mentioned that he was proud of being able to show his son that hard work and determination combined with a passion of building can pay rewards as long as he is willing to stay the course and remain true to his principles. He said,

“You never know, perhaps next year Lewis may be short-listed for apprentice of the year.”

“It is a true testament to our business’ broad range of skills to have received four awards each from different principles of construction: New Build of the Year, Refurbishment of the Year, Heritage Project of the Year and Client of the Year.”

The Client of the Year Award celebrates customer care and the collaborative partnership between the client and the builder. It differs from the other awards that mainly celebrate technical ability amongst many other specific requirements. All of this helps to demonstrate that winners of the NFB titles are not only forward thinkers, but also innovative and creative construction companies capable of operating and achieving success in the UK economic stage and across the modern world.

The four awards that Derry Construction Limited swept are:

1. Client of the Year Award sponsored by Croner

This award is often given to an organisation or individual that has been reliable, visionary and clear in their requirements according to a member’s view. The member may have experienced a great procurement process, or excellent collaboration throughout the project, or great communication and decision making. The client could be a public sector body, a private business venture or an individual with a home project.

This award comprises a wide range of categories and the sponsors generally look for a winner that can be held up as a great example of building collaboration between client and contractor/builder.


  • Derry Construction Limited, Mr and Mrs Green, Greenacres: Winners
  • Lockwoods Construction (Liverpool )Ltd, Mrs Cameron, residential dwelling

2. New Build of the Year Award sponsored by JCB Finance

It is awarded to a project that demonstrates design impact, enhancement of the community, value for money, energy, efficiency or other such benefits to the community and to the business.

This could include examples of best practices in project management, collaborative working, a visually pioneering design or high levels of user satisfaction and comfort.


  • Barrie Thomas, new dwelling at Penfro, Saundersfoot
  • DerryConstruction Limited, Greenacres, Harrogate : WinnersA-B Category
  • T Manners & Sons Ltd, The Oaks School , Spennymoor: Highly Commended
  • Henry Boot Construction Limited, Graham Solley SportsCentre: Highly Commended
  • Stephnell Limited, Hinckley Hub
  • Bennett Homes, Maltsters’ Yard
  • Speller Metcalf, Blake’s Hill: Highly Commended
  • Pearce Construction (Barnstable ) Ltd, Willoway Lane , Braunton
  • Robert Woodhead Ltd, Building a better Nottingham , Phase 1
  • R G Carter Ltd, Langley School (Alston Centre)
  • G F Tomlinson Building Ltd, Broomfield Building and Sports Hall
  • G F Tomlinson The Quad Development
  • G F Tomlinson Building Ltd, Tibshelf Community School : Winners F-G Category
  • S E H French Ltd, St Benedicts

3. Refurbishment of the Year Award sponsored by CITB

Awarded for innovation and creativity in improving a building or estate.

The winner should be capable of demonstrating examples of collaborative working, ambitious makeovers, evidence of the adoption of new trends and working methods to enhance authenticity or economic savings through new ways of working.


  • DerryConstruction Limited, The Cottage, Kirkby Overblow: Winners A-B Category
  • J Corbishley & Sons Ltd, residential dwelling
  • Shaylor Group, The Belfry Green Zone: HighlyCommended
  • Herbert H Drew & Sons, Hengistbury Head Visitor& Education Centre
  • Liveco Ltd T/A Vest Construction, Durham University
  • Deeley Construction Ltd, Hazeltree Barns: HighlyCommended
  • Robert Woodhead Ltd, The New Theatre, Nottingham
  • Keepmoat, Tai Calon WHQS
  • G F Tomlinson Building Ltd, Chesterfield Market Hall:Winner F-G Category
  • G F Tomlinson Building Ltd, The Green CampusRefurbishment
  • Knox & Wells Ltd, The Lodge, Cathedral School , Llandaff
  • Fisher Bullen Ltd, Wroxham Church : Highly Commended
  • O Seaman and Son Ltd, The Brandon Centre

4. Heritage Project of the Year Award sponsored by NFB Business & Skills

Awarded for innovation and creativity in improving a heritage building or estate.

To succeed in this category, candidates should demonstrate examples of collaborative working, ambitious makeovers in keeping up with challenges to maintain tradition, or evidence of the adoption of new trends and working methods that enhance authenticity or initiatives to keep alive the skills and specialist knowledge required for restorative work.


  • DerryConstruction Limited, Library House, Harrogate : WinnerA-B Category
  • J Corbishley & Sons Ltd, residential dwelling
  • Henry Boot Construction Limited, Acre Mills
  • Herbert H Drew & Sons Ltd, Hengistbury HeadVisitor Centre: Winner F-G Category
  • Liveco Ltd T/A Vest Construction, Durham University
  • Robert Woodhead Ltd, Bolsover Castle : Highly Commended
  • R G Carter Ltd, St. George’s Chapel & Pavilion Great Yarmouth: Highly Commended
  • Walker Construction (UK ) Ltd, Fort Burgayne

Other Awards at the event were:

  • Commitment to Health, Safety and welfare
  • Commitment to environment and sustainability
  • Commitment to collaborative working
  • Corporate social responsibility project of the year
  • Apprentice Scheme of the year
  • Apprentice of the year
  • House builder of the year

Paul Senior congratulated all the winners and finalists for their outstanding work. He also thanked the adjudicators, who gave their time and expertise to consider all the entries and thus determine the winners. They included: Patrick Heath-Lay, B&CE Chief Executive; Steve Catt, NHBC Regional Director South East and NFB External Affairs Director, Sameena Thompson.

The panel also comprised a number of special judges who adjudicated specific categories. They included: James Hulme, Strategic Policy Advisor for the House Builders Association; Neil Stone, Director of Communication and Policy, British Safety Council; Vassos Chrysostomou, Improvement Counsellor for the Built Environment Martyn Price; MBE Apprenticeship Ambassador, Steve Litt; President of the Builders Benevolent Institution, Mike Jones, Chair of the NFB’s Heritage Group and past NFB National Chairman.