Barnes picks up a raft of awards for its work in Cambridge

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Barnes Construction is riding high after being recognised for its work at the Greater Cambridge Design & Construction Awards, presented by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service (GCSPS) and the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI).

The team proudly took home several prestigious awards at the ceremony, which took place at The Auditorium at Pembroke College in Cambridge. They included three winner awards for Best Refurbishment over £2m for Clare College Old Court and River Café, the David Mackay Award for St Johns College Buttery, and Contractor of the Year, where the judges’ acknowledged Barnes for its exceptional work in complex projects within Grade 1 listed environments..

Barnes Construction also received commendations for Dovehouse Court, Girton in the Best New Build Over £2m category, and St Johns College Buttery in the Best Refurbishment Over £2m category.

The awards celebrated the best construction projects completed in Greater Cambridge and submissions were welcomed from the whole of the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Area, including both the City and South Cambridgeshire District. The judging panel was chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, former master of Emmanuel College Cambridge and former director-general of the National Trust. The submission process and judging process were jointly facilitated by the GCSPS and CFCI volunteer trustees.

The judges visited shortlisted projects in early February, to examine the buildings submitted in greater detail and experience the spaces first-hand and thanked all the teams who submitted entries for the 2024 awards. The judging criteria for the awards included the context and the brief for the building, the design solution adopted, the quality and difficulty of the construction and the craftsmanship displayed in the building. Accessibility and the creation of an inclusive environment were also vital considerations.

 Each scheme was expected to address environmental concerns, including energy performance. In addition, where possible, the projects were expected to contribute to the natural environment both on the building and in the landscape around the building.

Mark Hart, Joint Managing Director at Barnes Construction commented: “A huge thank you to our dedicated site teams and supply chain partners whose hard work and commitment made these achievements possible. Congratulations also go to our clients, project teams and all the evening’s winners – it was a truly memorable event.”