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 05 Nov 2011
A Gala Awards Dinner held in the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam on 4 November 2011 saw the winners of the 2011 World Demolition Awards announced. The Awards, now in their third year, are intended to recognise best practice and to enhance the standing of the demolition industry worldwide by showcasing the best it has to offer, are organised by D&Ri, this year with the support of a number of national demolition associations.

Two new categories were added to the Awards this year - the Collaboration Award and a special Judges' Discretionary Award. The former is intended to recognise specific demolition projects that by their nature required contractors to work in close communication with other contractors and the client to meet the demands of the work. The latter is a special award than can be given by the judges to an entry that they believe merits recognition while not necessarily meeting all of the criteria required to be adjudged the winner of a formal category.
The international judging panel had an even more challenging task this year, with a number of them commenting to D&Ri that the quality of this year's entries was the highest yet seen, thus making the task of identifying stand-out winners extremely difficult. As a result, in three categories honours were shared between two companies, with the judges unable to separate them. A number of entries once again only just missed out on gaining an actual award, with the judges deeming however that they were nevertheless worthy of mention - a total of six 'Highly Commended' certificates were thus issued, with three of these in a single category. The results in brief are:

Contract of the Year
Winner - Coleman & Company
Highly commended - Cuddy Group, Expanded Demolition and Richard Liesegang

Contractor of the Year
Joint winners: Cantillon and Safedem

Explosive Demolition Award
Winner - Fabio Bruno
Highly Commended - Coleman & Company

Collaboration Award
Winners: Erith Group, EDS and Pfizer

Industrial Demolition Award
Joint winners: Lee Group and Richard Liesegang

Urban/Confined Space Demolition
Winner - Erith Group

Special Judges' Discretionary Award
Winner: Ferrari
Civils Award
Winner - Coleman & Company

Demolition Safety Award
Winner - Cantillon
Highly Commended - Erith Group

Demolition Training Award
Winner - Erith Group

Environmental/Recycling Award
Winner: Costello Dismantling
Highly Commended:  ERM

Manufacturers' Innovation Award
Winner: Kocurek Excavators








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