10 Years of Construction Awards
Over the last 10 years, Clear have been the proud event managers for the North West Regional Construction Awards (NWRCA). Each year an esteemed panel of judges from across the construction industry award the best people, projects and innovations that are making the biggest strides in the sector. The lavish evening takes place to recognise excellence and to reward the industry’s efforts for the previous year.
In anticipation of the 2018 awards, taking place on the 6th of July 2018, Clear look back to the growth and development of the night and the event evolution that has taken place along the way.
For all NWRCA events, Clear’s responsibilities included event management and planning, selling tickets and sponsorship, full audio/visual support and operation, design for print, scriptwriting, digital design, sourcing and managing all entertainment and filming of the event.
With exciting lighting, entertaining and menus, read on to see how Clear have developed the awards over the years.
2007 was the NWRCA opening year. It was a sellout event with over 400 guests in attendance. The event was held at the newly opened Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel. The hotel was only opened that year and won one of the awards at the ceremony for the Project of the Year- a top tribute. Entertainment was by the Singing Waiters and the event was hosted by ITV’s Lucy Meacock.
The 2008 awards ceremony was held at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre. This was the first time the centre had a dinner of this scale take place. The event saw growth from the year before, having a total of 450 guests and it was hosted by BBC’s Diane Oxberry.
Coming into 2010, the creative spark can really be seen with the award ceremony’s first themed night: Parisian Masquerade. As a traditional masquerade was a feature of the carnival in the 15th century, the room was dressed with large masks, decorated animals, bright colours and theatrical lights. Of course, guests in their black-tie looked amazing with their own masks. The event was held at the Southport Theatre and was dressed with large LED stage lights. The guests were entertained by can-can dancers and a French band. The event was hosted by Granada TV’s Lucy Meacock.
2011’s Cirque Cirque themed night allowed guests to let their hair down and gaze in wonder. Adding to the feel of the circus, the event was held in a marqueed arena with plenty of circus themed decor, blue motifs, acrobats and dancers to keep the guests entertained. The event was held at the Chester Racecourse with another sell-out year of over 400 guests and hosted by Lucy Meacock.
2012 brought a roaring twenties theme studded with art-deco vintage pearls, jazz bands and flowing bubbly in honour of the prohibition! The event was held in the Palace Hotel in Manchester, with over 450 guests in attendance. The guests were entertained by a Speakeasy band and was hosted by Lucy Meacock.
2013 was themed as ‘Viva Havana.’ A colourful, fun and vibrant theme and ideal for an awards celebration of this nature. The evening was held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester and hosted over 450 guests.
Guests enjoyed themed rum cocktails and a sumptuous 3 course menu with Cuban inspired dishes. The guests were entertained by a Cuban band and dancers. Hosted by Lucy Meacock, the evening was a huge success with guests and sponsors saying the theme was brilliant and made the event truly memorable.
2014 brought the desert heat of Marrakech to the Manchester based evening. Blue mosaic motifs, belly dancers and fire dancers charmed this summer affair at the Palace Hotel, Manchester. The evening was a celebration of the regions construction sector and attended by over 450 guests.
Guests enjoyed themed cocktails and an opulent 3 course menu with Moroccan inspired dishes and finished with traditional mint tea. Guests were entertained by knife jugglers, fire dancers and even a snake charmer. Hosted by BBC’s Steph McGovern, the evening was a huge success with guests and sponsors saying it was the best event to date!
In 2015, the evening was hosted at the Palace Hotel, Manchester. In order to be different from previous years, and to stand out from other construction awards events, Clear themed the event as ‘Putting on the Glitz’ which had a vintage Las Vegas feel. The evening was attended by over 450 guests.
Guests enjoyed themed cocktails and a lavish 3 course menu. The guests were entertained by a rat pack tribute show from the West End and hosted by Cold Feet’s John Thomson. The evening was a huge success with guests and sponsors saying the theme was outstanding and the entertainment was first class.
In 2016, NWRCA celebrated a ‘Decade of Success’ as it was the tenth annual event. The awards ceremony was relocated to Liverpool, to the stunning Titanic Hotel and Spa.
Guests enjoyed champagne on arrival and background music from a DJ and saxophone duo. Hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin, the dance-floor was full until 1am with the party continuing in the hotel bar until the very early hours!
In 2017 Clear hosted an Italian themed night at the newly refurbished Principal Manchester. With over 500 guests in attendance, the evening was the largest to date. The guests enjoyed Italian themed food and wines with a continental opera singer as entertainment. The night was hosted by Louise Minchin.
While the winners of the awards are the true stars, literally helping to build a better future by working to revolutionise and modernise building practices for sustainability, Clear is honoured to build a magical night for representatives in this sector year on year.
Make sure to check back for our update on the 6th of July 2018 to see more about the 2018 awards, style choices and what involvement Clear had.
Planning a corporate event and feeling overstretched? Maybe you don’t know where to start? Make sure to drop Mara a message to email@example.com or call her on 0161 448 2424 to hear more about Clear’s full-service in house team.
From planning, stage and technical direction, audio/lights, presentation building, design and print- we’ve got the facilities to help. The best part is, with everything under one roof, we’re in full control of the quality, delivery and cost of any project. This means a full team at your disposal ensuring a smooth night and seamless communication. Get in touch to see how we can help make your night one to remember.