CN Workforce Awards


Outstanding national awards successes throughout the year

We were recognised at a number of national awards ceremonies over 2023, reflecting another brilliant year of celebration for our projects, teams and staff.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights…

National Building and Construction Awards

Our complete refurbishment and rebuild of the iconic Union Chain Bridge, which links England and Scotland and is more than 200-years-old, received two prestigious accolades at the National Building and Construction Awards.

We were named both the ‘Gold Winner’ of the Restoration Project of the Year Award and the ‘Silver Winner’ of the Community Engagement Award.

A key element of the project was to ensure modifications were in keeping with the historical significance of the bridge. This included restoring, rather than replacing, the suspension chains wherever possible and using stone from the original quarry to repair masonry work on the bridge’s two towers.

We received the Community Engagement Award for our commitment to working closely with partners and stakeholders throughout. These included Northumberland County Council, the Scottish Borders Council, Museums Northumberland and the Friends of Union Chain Bridge.

Our team became a part of the community it worked in, taking time to help residents with roof repairs, handing out firewood, building a community bar at a local village hall and even providing medical assistance to a resident living near the bridge.

Welsh Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards

We were also recognised in two categories at the Welsh Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Awards for the emergency works we carried out on Menai Suspension Bridge.

In partnership with UK Highways A55, COWI, and the Welsh Government, we won both the Infrastructure Project of the Year Award and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award.

Grade I listed Menai Suspension Bridge is the second oldest operational vehicular suspension bridge in the world and crosses the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and mainland North Wales.

It had to be immediately closed to vehicular traffic on October 21st, 2022 after a safety issue related to potential hanger failure was identified.

Our Spencer Bridge Engineering team rapidly designed, procured and installed secondary fail-safes at strategic hanger locations, enabling the bridge to be reopened on schedule on February 1st, 2023.

National Apprenticeship Awards

HR Director Yvonne Moir was individually honoured by reaching the regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Yvonne attended the Yorkshire and Humber Awards ceremony alongside members of the HR department, where she was Highly Commended in the Apprentice Champion of the Year category.

The accolade rightly recognised the incredible job Yvonne does to drive and manage our hugely successful apprenticeship programme.

CN Workforce Awards

Alex Burr and Oliver Walkington were both shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the CN Workforce Awards.

In addition, we were shortlisted for Apprenticeship Initiative of the Year and Technology Team of the Year, for the integration of ProjectWise into DataCow.

We didn’t come away as winners but the awards evening at the JW Marriott Grosvenor Hotel in London was a wonderful experience, particularly for Alex and Oliver, who really did us proud.

A big congratulations to everyone involved in all of these fantastic successes.


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