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Nominations sought for new award recognising those eliminating error in construction

16 March 2022

In honour of the late Tom Barton, ICE and the Get It Right Initiative launched this accolade to celebrate professionals who are dedicated to creating excellence in the industry.

Nominations sought for new award recognising those eliminating error in construction
Eliminating error in construction improves quality, productivity, safety and sustainability.

ICE and the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) have opened nominations for a new award that recognises individuals who are eliminating error in the construction industry.

The award, dedicated to the late Tom Barton, will celebrate engineering and construction professionals who have demonstrated excellence in implementing initiatives to improve quality, productivity, safety and sustainability by eradicating mistakes.

The ICE and GIRI particularly welcome nominations for younger professionals in the industry.

Nomination forms for the Tom Barton Award should be submitted by 30 April 2022 to the Knowledge team.

About the award

Research by GIRI has shown that the construction industry could save between £10–25 billion per annum simply by eliminating error.

But to improve quality, productivity, safety and sustainability, attitudes must change. This in turn requires engaging leadership that will highlight innovation and good practice.

ICE and GIRI are aligned in their commitment to create a working culture that gets it right from the start, and engages all stakeholders in eliminating error from inception to completion.

Who is eligible?

The award is open to members and non-members of the institution.

ICE and GIRI are particularly keen to recognise younger professionals who have challenged existing thinking, processes, or practice to eliminate error in their projects and industry.

The award is open to either individuals or project teams.

Although nominations are open to all, as with all ICE awards, the nomination must be endorsed by an ICE member.

How is the award judged?

Nominations should make the best possible case for the nominee(s), providing enough detail to give the Awards Committee a full picture of the individual or team, and their achievements.

The committee will decide the winner based on the quality of the citation, so those applying are encouraged to make sure that only relevant information is provided, and that the amount of detail included does not obscure the argument.

Citations should be no more than 500 words. Additional relevant information should be in the form of appendices and should not be more than four pages.

For further information on nominations and guidance on how to submit one, please visit the ICE Awards Nomination page .

A tribute to Tom Barton

Image of the late Tom Barton
The award honours Tom Barton, who sadly passed away in 2020.

With an extensive career in construction, and as GIRI’s executive director, Barton was widely known and respected in the industry. His loss continues to be keenly felt by many.

The ICE said it’s proud to establish this award with GIRI as a tribute to Barton's considerable contribution and impact on the construction industry, hoping that the honour will act as a fitting legacy to his achievements.

  • Adam Kirkup, engineering communities manager at ICE