MGF attended the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) 2015 on Wednesday 14th October at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.
The British Construction Industry Awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious events in the UK construction calendar. The Awards are now in their 18th year and were attended by more than 1100 of the construction industry elite.
MGF were listed as a Finalist in the awards category of Product Design Innovation – Civil Engineering, for our recently launched GRiPSHORE™ lightweight shoring range for shallow excavations. The award winner in the category was the Crossrail C510 Liverpool Street and Whitechappel Stations project which was a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, BeMO Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and Vinci. However MGF were honoured to receive a ‘Highly commended’ accreditation from the BCIA judging panel for second place in the award category.
The BCIA judging panel provided comment on MGF GRiPSHORE™ and stated “This simple but widely applicable solution will radically improve health and safety in shallower trench excavations. It will potentially instigate a culture change, especially with SME’s and utility operatives. Effective use of lightweight materials and basic analysis of soil mechanics provides a quick to install and versatile sustainable low cost solution that reduces CO2 emissions and negates the need for plant”.
GRiPSHORE™ was designed and developed in-house by MGF’s Research and Development Team over a 2 year period. The poducts were designed in collaboration with key customers from the rail and utilities sectors in response to their safety needs. The range of products are produced from Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) which means that they are lightweight and easily handled, versatile and electrically non-conductive. Since the launch of the range earlier in 2015 MGF have already received praise and recognition from the rail and utilities sectors for GRiPSHORE™ and the innovative qualities of the products.
MGFs Engineering Director, Steve Hesketh, commented “It was a great honour to be a part of the biggest event in the construction industry calendar. Coming second to the Crossrail Uphill Tunnel Excavator in the Product Design Innovation Category and receiving one of only five Highly Commended Awards is no small feat for a specialist supplier like us. GRiPSHORE™ is to my mind the biggest product innovation within shoring for a decade and my thanks have to go out to our dedicated team of Sales and Engineering professionals who have worked tirelessly over the last two years to successfully bring this product to market.”
For information about the 2016 BCIA visit: www.bcia.nce.co.uk