We are now in the fifth year of teaming up with UWE in their Excellence Awards and we are very proud that The Kingston Barnes Prize for Excellence has been awarded to two new University of the West of England graduates.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Elliot David Morgan who has been awarded the prize for ‘Excellence in Strategic & Operational Management’ and Thomas Davey who has received the prize for ‘Excellence on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Programme.’

Thomas Davey, James Kingston and Elliot Morgan

We wish them both the very best in their career ahead and are pleased to recognise their achievements and present them with their prize money.

We’re dedicated to furthering the construction industry as a profession, which is why we’re the proud sponsors of this award for graduates entering the construction industry. Becoming partners with the University of the West of England and sponsoring the awards is something we at Kingston Barnes believe is a great opportunity to support the students that will shape the future of the industry and we are excited to play a part in celebrating this. We believe that university-business collaboration is vital in ensuring the emergence of new talent is supported and the next generation of construction leaders are provided with a positive entry into the industry.

If you would like any advice in regard to your career path then please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced consultants.

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KINGSTON BARNES & CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE – We had a fantastic day at the South West Construction Summit, followed by a fabulous evening at the South West Built Environment Awards which was celebrating its 11th year of excellence within the industry.

The South West Construction Summit was a combined Conference and Exhibition and bought together the regional construction industry and its supply chain to explore opportunities, major projects, client commitments and procurement best practice.

The event strives to guide and help the South West built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes.

The evening event was hosted by Suzi Perry, broadcast journalist. The regional awards are well recognised as being in a class of their own; they bring together the industry and celebrate the best of the South West region. It is a high point in the regional construction calendar and each year it commands the attention of industry professionals from across the South West.

A great number of leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at Ashton Gate Stadium – Bristol to celebrate the very best industry projects.

We are again a proud sponsor of the Future Leader Award, and Kingston Barnes would like to say huge congratulations to Sophie Smith from Atkins for winning the award!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to the runners up and the rest of the evening’s winners. Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence South West said: “I would like to congratulate everybody who took part in the South West Built Environment Awards from the finalists through to the winners of this prestigious awards ceremony, that honours the best names in the industry. The awards are a fantastic celebration of everyone’s achievements.”

Kingston Barnes is passionate in understanding and having strong knowledge of the industry which is why we choose to sponsor these awards. It keeps us ‘in the know’ and ensures our roots are deeply ingrained in the construction world.

It was a great evening and we look forward to sponsoring and attending again next year!!


ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN DIVISION – RELAUNCHED! Kingston Barnes are delighted to be relaunching our Architecture and Design division and would like to welcome Dave Harries to the Kingston Barnes team.

Dave has joined us with extensive experience within the architectural and design sectors and will be heading up the division as part of the permanent construction team, when asked how Dave felt about joining KB he said “having worked with James previously, I have seen the exciting journey of how Kingston Barnes have grown to be a market leader and I have been impressed by their presence, reputation and growth plans for the future.

I am really looking forward to working with James, Kate and the team to build the Architecture and Design division. It’s an area I’m really passionate about and feel there is a big gap in the market where clients can find a better bespoke service identifying talent not on the market.

Our goal is to become the leading Architecture recruiter in the South West so it’s great being a part of a business keen to expand and invest. I haven’t worked for a company with so much energy and drive before, its infectious!”

James Kingston, Dave Harries and Kate Hallett

James Kingston said “We are thrilled to have Dave join us to expand our construction team even further with Architecture & Design. Having worked with Dave previously we know he mirrors Kingston Barnes’s high standards of recruitment and will be a great addition to the team to help us achieve our 2020 vision.

Having spent nearly 20 years recruiting key people in Architecture and Design, Dave has come in to build our team and enable Kingston Barnes to be the No1 recruiter in the South West. Our goal is to offer every business within the built environment great recruitment and Dave is the final piece of the puzzle now enabling us to have the infrastructure to do so.”

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Kingston Barnes have proudly sponsored the networking receptions at this year’s RICS Awards for both the South West and London events.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They celebrate the achievements and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities.

The awards are regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country, celebrating the most innovative projects in the region and their impact on local communities.

The London event took place on 16th May at the Royal Lancaster, London. The Awards were broken down in to eight categories, and the winners were announced by host, BBC News presenter and journalist, Clive Myrie. The categories were Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism and Leisure with Woodberry Down, Finsbury Park being the overall winner of the evening. Woodberry Down is one of London’s largest estate regeneration projects providing place-shaping, social and economic change on an inspiring scale.

The South West event took place on 17th May at Ashton Gate, Bristol. The Awards were again broken down into the eight categories detailed above and were announced by Alex Lovell, Television Presenter. The highly acclaimed ‘South West Project of the Year’ accolade is presented to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. The title went to Aerospace Bristol project, which also scooped the Tourism & Leisure accolade on the night.

Kingston Barnes would like to congratulate everyone that was shortlisted for both events and of course the winners of each category in London and the South West. We are always proud to be involved with RICS events and we look forward to celebrating some more fantastic achievements next year.

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