Cement and Concrete SA (CCSA) is now calling for nominations for the prestigious 2024 Fulton Awards, the South African construction, civil engineering and architectural industries’ premier accolades for excellence in concrete. Nominations are open now, and the deadline for full submissions is 15 December this year.
Hanlie Turner, Business Development Manager of CCSA, says the Fulton Awards were initiated in 1979 as a tribute to the late Dr Sandy Fulton, former director of the Portland Cement Institute, for his outstanding contributions to the understanding, development and improvement of concrete which are recognised internationally.
“The 2024 Awards continue the biennial Fulton Awards’ legacy and the recognition they bestow on projects displaying excellence in concrete. The Awards – given to the entire team responsible for producing the structure, or creating the development, including the owner/developer and all associated professionals – can be likened to the ‘Oscars’ of the construction industry and have consistently substantially elevated the status of all concerned,” Turner states.
She says past Fulton Awards were won by local projects that from design, innovation and execution parameters, are world-class structures, and worthy of competing with the best around the globe. “As an international partner of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), CCSA will nominate Fulton Award winners for the ACI’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards 2024, in line with the American awards’ project categories, and eligibility criteria. Success in this major competition will add invaluable international acclaim to any project team,” she explains.
The categories for the 2024 Fulton Awards are:
- Buildings of up to R50m in value: Use of concrete as the principal construction material, demonstrating an exceptional structure, design principles, construction techniques, surface finishes or particular detail, in an aesthetic manner. Office buildings, residential, schools, commercial, factories, warehousing, and industrial structures fall in this category.
- Buildings of over R50m in value: As above, but of greater project value.
- Infrastructure of up to R100m in value: Use of concrete as the principal construction material, demonstrating an exceptional structure, design principles, construction techniques, surface finishes or particular detail, in an aesthetic manner such as in bridges, roads, water resources, marine structures, power, and transportation.
- Infrastructure of over R100m in value: As above, but of greater project value.
- Innovation and invention in concrete: This category includes research, technologies, new applications, techniques, designs, and/or concepts, which have been developed and utilised for a project.
The adjudication panel for the 2024 awards will be Bryan Perrie, CEO of CCSA, Stephen Humphries, Director of Nyeleti Consulting, and Daniel van der Merwe of LEAF Architects, who will once again visit all the entered projects in person to ensure that the entries are not merely judged on written submissions, but on the actual projects’ merits.