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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Whelan scores a hat trick as company picks up third award

Staff and clients of Whelan Construction Development - one of the northeast's leading independent construction firms are celebrating once again, having scooped a third award in recognition of their commercial development - Salvus House, Aykley Heads, Durham.

Whelan and architects Nicholson Nairn beat off stiff competition from property firms around the northeast, in their joint bid for the prestigious RICS Renaissance Award, which recognises excellence across the property sector.

Both companies were honoured best 'Commercial Project' at an annual presentation evening attended by some 400 representatives at Newcastle's Civic Centre, and were commended for the pioneering design and construction of the 3,300sq m flagship Salvus House, the new headquarters for international company Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance.

Impressed judges described the building as 'exceptional in terms of design and quality' and were impressed by its entirely bespoke character, attention to internal surroundings, which incorporates a range of maritime features and the latest communications technology, and the overall consideration for the environment through its design.

The RICS announcement comes only months after Whelan was awarded the 'Commendation for Innovation' in the regions Constructing Excellence Awards, and the Journal's northeast's Landmark Award in for 'Best Contractor' earlier in September.

Tony Whelan, Commercial Director, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to win this award. This is the first year we have nominated projects and I think we have demonstrated our capabilities to the region, having notched up three awards within 9 months.

The RICS award is very appropriate - it recognises vision, determination, planning, skill, craftsmanship, best practice and community involvement - all of which are central to our company philosophy and a key part of our ongoing development. This award however, is not only a symbol of excellence to our clients, it is a thank you to our staff in recognising their efforts".

The RICS award comes as another success milestone for Whelan in a period of phenomenal growth and development. Earlier this year, the company announced a 50% increase in orders for 2006, four years ahead of schedule, and plans are now in place for the firm to relocate to new bespoke premises in December 2006 to house an increasing workforce.