The first ever Demolition Awards dinner were a night to remember at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, on November 6 2009, Lindsay Gale, KHL Group reports.
The number of entries submitted for a “first-time” event was astounding, making the judging panel’s deliberations particularly challenging. However, during the judging meeting held in Amsterdam in early September there was little dissension concerning the determination of the winners of the various categories.
Despite the fact that discussions over several of the categories were spirited, the final determinations were unanimous. Because of the number of entries received and their overall high standard, it was felt that the judges ought to be able to make subsidiary awards when two or more entries were of almost equal standard and thus were born the “Highly Commended” awards – a total of seven of these were made in addition to the 12 main awards.
Demolition Awards – the winners at a glance
Demolition Company of the Year: Safedem
Highly Commended: Cantillon Ltd
Demolition Contract of the Year: Keltbray
Highly Commended: Carl Bolander & Sons, McGee Group
Demolition Safety Award: DH Griffin of Texas
Demolition Training Award: Dorton Group
Highly Commended: Cuddy Group
Demolition Personality Award: Dr Dietrich Korth, ASCO GmbH
Environmental & Recycling Award: Costello Demolition
Explosive Demolition Award: Safedem
Industrial Demolition Award: General Smontaggi
Urban Demolition: Keltbray
Innovation Award-Series Product: Volvo
Highly Commended: Omlock
Innovation Award: Rusch Special Products
Highly Commended: Liebherr France SAS, Kocurek Excavators Ltd
Service & Support Award – Liebherr France SAS
The event itself went off without a hitch, always pleasing for a first time event, and the attendees were impressed with the slickness of its organisation. The Okura Hotel provided a magnificent venue, and the professionalism of its staff greatly aided the organisation of the event.
As always with a first time event, it became clear that the Award categories needs to be “tweaked” somewhat. The criteria that the judges will use to assess next year’s entries will be refined and explained more clearly across all the existing categories, and a new category will be introduced that will cover demolition during civil engineering works on projects such as bridges, roads etc.
The Demolition Award is organised by the European Demolition Association and D&Ri Magazine. www.eda-demolition.com