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Bolton Construction managers reach finals of top industry awards

6 Sep 11 Bolton project managers Frank Horrocks and Phil Holden, who work for locally-based construction specialist Seddon, have reached the last stages of one of the building industry’s most prized awards.

Both are finalists in the national Construction Manager of the Year competition.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the awards recognise the industry’s top managers and attract entries from across the UK. The winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman at the Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 13 October.

“To win through to the national finals of the Construction Manager of the Year awards in two categories is a tremendous achievement,” says Jonathan Seddon, managing director of Seddon Construction, which is based at Plodder Lane, Farnworth, Bolton. “Phil and Frank are hugely talented and hard-working members of our team and it is fantastic to gain external recognition of their expertise and leadership. We wish them every success at the awards finals.”

Frank, who lives in Great Lever, Bolton, is a national finalist in the category for new-build schemes valued at £4 million to £7 million for his management of the construction of a state-of-the-art primary school in Salford – Willow Tree Primary School. The new £5.87 million purpose-built facility brought together three schools on one site and opened in September 2010. Frank delivered the new school two weeks ahead of schedule, under budget and with zero defects. Frank has worked for Seddon for 25 years after originally joining the firm as an apprentice joiner.

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Phil, from Astley Bridge, Belmont, is a finalist in the category for housing schemes valued at under £6 million, for his management of the construction of Tulloch Court, a cutting-edge housing scheme for older residents at Marton, Blackpool. Heading up a construction team of more than 70 people, Phil delivered the development under budget by ensuring that the construction methods used reduced waste and unnecessary cost. The project was built to an extremely high standard and involved extensive engagement with the local community and the incorporation of a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives. Phil originally joined Seddon as a 21-year-old bricklayer and has worked for the company for 23 years.

Chris Blythe, chief executive of award organisers, the CIOB, comments: “The built environment is a challenging industry to work in. For those that choose a career within our sector you can create a legacy unlike any other. It would be fair to say to reach the top you need to show not just great professionalism, but inspirational leadership and an innovative approach to problem solving. To reach the final of the Construction Manager of the Year Awards you need to be a very talented individual and have those skills in abundance.”

The national Seddon Group is a family-owned company specialising in construction, painting and maintenance and housebuilding. 

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