Winning Talent Shines Through at Brand New Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme 2011!

Architecture Award - Neil Quinn - BSK CiC

Construction & Project Management Award - Thomas Hillman - Taylor Wimpey South Wales

Engineering Award - Chloe Agg - WSP CEL

Surveying Award - Brendan Cusick - Sir Robert McAlpine

The overall winner chosen from the four category winners was:

Overall Winner Award - Brendan Cusick - Sir Robert McAlpine

The awards ceremony took place at The Banqueting House, Whitehall on 24 November and was filled with over 200 representatives from throughout the construction industry.

Brendan Cusick of Sir Robert McAlpine, who won the surveying award and overall winner award commented:

"It has been an honour to be in this beautiful and historic room filled with the future of the construction industry. I am delighted to receive these awards and fully support what they stand for. I would recommend these awards to any other young person starting out in their career and would encourage them to explore all the possibilities that construction has to offer."

The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme, organised by Construction Youth Trust with the support of the Trust's Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, aims to identify and celebrate the success of exceptional young professionals working in the built environment. It is hoped that the awards will promote the professions to young people of all social backgrounds and, as a result, increase the number and diversity of entrants into the construction sector.

Senior figures from the around the sector judged the entries and 20 young people were eventually shortlisted in four categories.

Construction Youth Trust Director, Christine Townley commented:

"We are delighted with the success of this inaugural awards scheme which has really showcased the exceptional young talent in construction today. Each of the winners has shown outstanding professionalism and determination to succeed in their chosen career.

"As a charity we support young people from all walks of  life to enter the construction industry and we hope that by showcasing what these young people have achieved and recognising any challenges they have overcome, we can inspire the next generation of young professionals and show them the wealth of opportunities available in the sector.

"We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors, judges and our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, for making these awards possible."

This brand new awards scheme is has been generously supported by Aecom, Arup, Byrne Group, John Rowan & Partners, KPMG, the ACA and platinum sponsor Trowers & Hamlins.