Apprentice bricklayer Ashley Hornbuckle was named Young Achiever of the Year at the 2018 Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards.
Ashley, 21, who joined Lindum in September 2015, was presented with the award during a ceremony at Lincoln’s Engine Shed last night (February 6th).
He was chosen because of his efforts as an ambassador for the construction sector, which have seen him spend time in schools and in the wider community, talking to young people about working in the building industry.
Ashley, who lives in Bracebridge Heath and is currently working on Lindum Homes’ Garrett Rise development in Heighington, is in the third year of his apprenticeship.
During the awards ceremony, Lindum also saw three of its recent construction projects recognised.
Lincoln’s Corn Exchange redevelopment was named Heritage Project of the Year, One the Brayford, a residential development in the city centre, was named Development Project of the Year (over £5m) and the International Bomber Command Centre was named Development Project of the Year (under £5m).
Former Branston Academy pupil Ashley, said he was incredibly proud to win the award.
“I really wasn’t expecting to win. I was actually hoping for second place!” he said.
“I was invited on stage and was given a certificate and a glass trophy, which I will be putting on my wall at home.
“It was a really good night. The food was good and I got to spend time with people from the construction sector.
“I just want to keep doing my best. I’m quite an ambitious person and I want to see how far I can go. I’m really proud of myself.”
Lindum Executive Board Director Freddie Chambers said he was delighted to see Lindum so well represented among the night’s winners.
“We are really proud of Ashley and the work he does outside of his ‘day job’ on site. This is the second year a Lindum employee has won the Young Achiever title and I think it demonstrates how much value we place on the importance of thorough training.
“It is also great to see the Corn Exchange recognised, as this project has seen us work closely with Lincolnshire Co-op and Banks Long and Co, who are both valued clients and friends of Lindum Group.
“Likewise, it was a privilege to work on the Spire for the Bomber Command Centre and we are so happy to see that project has been highlighted.
“I would like to congratulate the teams on the ground at these projects, and at One the Brayford, as these awards are a testament to their hard work and talent.”
The awards have grown significantly from the first one back in 2017 and next year, Lincolnshire Chamber hopes to increase the events capacity.
The awards also helped raise a staggering £2168.39 for Lincolnshire charity LIVES – a charity that supports hundreds of volunteers to deliver critical medical emergency care across Lincolnshire.
The awards were also supported by a group of construction and property professionals who formed the award's Steering Group back in 2016.
Zoe Summerfield, Chair of the construction forum steering group and Business Development Manager at Millward spoke about the event saying:
“The awards were absolutely brilliant. We really stepped things up from last year to make this event extra special and we’re incredibly pleased to say it completely sold out. Wayne Hemingway was a terrific compere and had nothing but positive things to say about the brilliant construction and property work in this county.
“It goes without saying that Lincolnshire is a very special place for construction and property, with countless designs and building work taking place all the time helping to improve and develop our county.
“We’re extremely proud of the sector for all it has achieved over the past year, and I would like to say a massive congratulations to all winners who have and continue to work incredibly hard to make our county look great.
Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive at the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce also spoke about the awards saying:
“It’s been another fantastic year for construction and property businesses across Greater Lincolnshire, and I would also like to say a huge congratulations and well done to all finalists and winners this year.
“A huge thank you also goes out to Chestnut Homes, the Longhurst Group, West Lindsey District Council and Lambert Smith Hampton for sponsoring the drinks, table wine, cakes and programmes. We are already looking forward to planning the next big event in 2019”.
The full list of winners on the night were:
Heritage Project of the Year – Sponsored by the Woodhead Group
Banks Long & Co, the Lincolnshire Co-op and Lindum Group for the Corn Exchange
Apprentice Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Quadrant Building Control
Ashley Hornbuckle from the Lindum Group
Agent of the Year – Sponsored by Willmott Dixon
Pygott & Crone
Sustainability Project of the Year – Sponsored by Anglian Water
Flixborough Eco Technologies
Development Project (over £5 million) – Sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountant
One the Brayford by Jackson & Jackson Developments
Development Project (up to £5 million) – Sponsored by Lambert Smith Hampton
International Bomber Command Centre, Chadwick Centre by R G Carter
Residential Development of the Year – Sponsored by Roythornes Solicitors
GEDA Construction for the High Street, Brant Broughton