Rising Star Award 2014 - finalists announced
The winner of the second annual Rising Star Award will be announced at Ecobuild during UK-GBC and Ecobuild’s joint Birthday party at The Crystal. The award will be presented by Andrew Mellor, PRP and Mark Fretwell during a ceremony at the party which takes place on Wednesday 6 March, at 6.30pm.
PRP and UK-GBC launched the award last year in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and PRP employee who sadly suddenly passed away in July 2012.
Andrew Mellor, Environmental Partner at PRP commented: "Mel was passionate about improving the sustainability of the built environment. She believed that the industry should and could perform better and she championed this through her Elemental blog site.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise a colleague or peer who has made a real difference to the sustainability agenda and shine a light on their achievements.”
Congratulations to the five finalists: Phil Birch, Sweet Group; Martin Brown, Fairsnape; Steve Cook, Willmott Dixon Re-Thinking Ltd; Wilf Meynell, Wilf Meynell/Studio Bark and Carolina Passos-Anishetty, BAM Construct UK Ltd who were all nominated by a colleague or peer.
After receiving a wealth of nominations, the shortlist was compiled by the judges. The judging panel this year consists of: Victoria Kate Burrows, PRP; Su Butcher, Just Practising; Cat Hirst, UK-GBC; Andrew Kinsey, Mace Group (last year’s winner); Tom Lane, Building Magazine and Andrew Mellor, PRP.
Andrew Kinsey, winner of the Rising Star Award 2013 commented: "I was delighted to be asked to help recognise the next rising star as part of Mel's enduring legacy. Like me, I'm sure she would have been very pleased to see the achievements and commitment of all those that were shortlisted this year.
The entries were all of a very high standard, so judging the overall winner will be very difficult.
Whoever wins, all of the finalists can be proud they've been recognised for their work and achievements to improve sustainability in the built environment."