National award for Town Hall works project manager

The refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall was officially handed back to the Council by Kier in March 2018. Pic by Doug Moody

The project manager who led the stunning multi-million pound restoration of Middlesbrough Town Hall has been honoured at an industry awards event.

Jason Hartnell was commended for his “passion, commitment and attention to detail” throughout the £7.7m project at the LABC Building Excellence Awards.

The restoration of the Town Hall was a near two-year project which saw major improvements in the main Town Hall auditorium and Crypt as well as opening up areas previously out of bounds to visitors, such as the court room and cells, fire station and carriageway.

It was paid for through contributions by the Heritage Lottery Fund providing £3.7m, Arts Council England putting in £500k and Middlesbrough Council paying the remaining sum.

Mr Hartnell was awarded the title of Non Residential Construction Professional of the Year at the Grand Final of the awards – one of the most recognised events in the building industry’s calendar.

Following the stunning refurbishment of the historic Middlesbrough Town Hall, Jason was recommended for this prestigious award by his colleagues at Kier Construction and this was endorsed by the Building Control team at Middlesbrough Council.

Jason held regular project design meetings pre-construction and throughout and arranged frequent building control site inspections. The project delivered specific targets for local and unemployed job starts, apprenticeships, graduate training and work placements.

Middlesbrough Council’s head of capital projects Steve Fletcher said: “I’ve never worked with a project manager as good as Jason Hartnell. His passion, commitment and attention to detail is a credit to Kier.

“He has brilliant leadership qualities and has been the stand out person on this project which has made it a success. We are extremely happy with the outcome and the quality is superb.”

LABC chief executive Paul Everall said: “It is always a pleasure to recognise individuals that go the extra mile as part of their role. My congratulations to Jason, on behalf of everyone at LABC.

“It’s a testament to his skills and dedication. He is a deserving winner of the Non Residential Construction Professional of the Year award.

“Our awards are an opportunity for the industry to celebrate good practice and they are unique because they recognise how this cooperation improves building standards and professionalism across the industry. Our winners demonstrate how positive working relationships with local council building control teams achieve high quality, sustainable buildings.”

The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on Friday, November 8 at the Westminster Park Plaza in London and was hosted by multi award-winning comedian Milton Jones.

Around 840 building industry professionals including contractors, architects and engineers attended the celebration to find out which projects won across the 15 hotly contested categories.

These awards showcase buildings and design teams that tussle with complex technical or construction issues and building site constraints.

They highlight innovative and creative solutions and building control professionalism that leads to safe, sustainable and high quality construction projects. Sponsors of the 2019 awards included Abbey Pynford, Actis, FMB, Home and Build, Jewson, Keystone, Keylite, LABC Acoustics, LABC Warranty, Planning Portal and Polypipe Building Services.