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Kelly attends Construction Excellence awards

2 September, 2008


Sustainability is key to ensuring that the infrastructure built here today will serve generations to come well.

That was the message from Junior Minister Gerry Kelly at the announcement of the finalists in the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Specify Construction Excellence Awards 2008 in Belfast today.

The aim of the competition is to promote excellence and to give recognition to those companies who are achieving the highest standards in construction.

Gerry Kelly said:

"The competition provides a great opportunity to showcase the best of our local construction industry and to celebrate its achievements. This is particularly important given the difficulties the house building sector is currently experiencing with the down turn in the housing market.

"Public sector spending on infrastructure has increased significantly over recent years and Government will do all it can to ensure that the planned expenditure for this financial year, some £1.8bn is delivered to programme. This level of investment will help alleviate some of the pressures resulting from the current state of the housing market."

The award entries were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges chaired by Mr Gordon Millington OBE. The finalists included many examples of best practice in housing, general construction, infrastructure, health and safety, innovation, training and sustainability.

Notes to Editors

There are 14 main award categories covering housing, general construction, infrastructure and quality performance. In addition, there is the 'Achieving Excellence Partnering Award', sponsored by Central Procurement Directorate, DFP and an overall award for the 'Most Outstanding Entry'.

Details on the Construction Excellence Awards can be obtained from:-

Construction Employers Federation
143 Malone Road
Belfast BT9 6SU

Telephone: 028 9087 7143
Fax: 028 9087 7155
http://www.cefni.co.uk

Details on the Investment Strategy can be obtained from:-

Strategic Investment Board Ltd
Clare House
303 Airport Road West
Belfast
BT3 9ED
Tel: 028 9081 6181
Fax: 028 9081 6181
http://www.sibni.org

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