What an incredible year. I mean that in its most literal sense: I suspect if someone had mapped out your 2020 to follow the path that it has, no-one reading this would have considered it to be a credible vision of the future. And yet here we are, with an Awards that for more than 20 years has been a standard bearer for collaboration. In the face of the pandemic, we could simply have admitted defeat and called the whole thing off, hoping instead to return next year. However, we did not feel that this would have been in the spirit of the industry that we report on. After all, we have all got used to working online, from our homes and remote from our colleagues. Projects have still progressed, site visits have still taken place and, critically, new infrastructure has continued to be built. In short, a huge range of hurdles have been overcome to allow this market to keep moving.
Successes across the globe, from reaching financial close on the first Welsh Mutual Investment Model project to the shortlist of bidders on the massive Inland Rail project in Australia, have highlighted this industry’s ability to make progress despite the rapidly changing – and frequently uncertain – world around it. Of course, the projects that we celebrate at these Awards were signed and sealed before the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Nonetheless, they will continue to act as standard bearers for the market. The reason they are winners is because of their innovation and the role they provide in highlighting best practice within the market. As we look to 2021, these traits will be more important than ever. So congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and a big thank you to everyone attending. I would like to say a particular thank you to this year’s sponsors. We recognise that spending money is not an easy thing to do in these uncertain times, so your willingness to travel this journey with us, making that leap of faith from the ballroom onto the internet, is greatly appreciated and not only makes this year’s event possible, but will help underpin the future security of these important awards. Finally, we hope to be able to see you all in person next year!