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Jordan Allingham (EHA Group).

Duane McCreadie (Construction Director), Jim Killen (Senior Site Manager).

RisingStar Award

OutstandingContributor Award



Jordan Allingham from EHA Group was presented with the 2021 Rising Star Award, in a category which recognises an individual who has been in the industry for less than 10 years that has shown innovative thinking, astute business acumen, and who has made a significant contribution to a project or acted as a role model for others in the industry. Jordan has been involved with EHA over several years and in that time has worked his way from site work to management in an extremely humble, productive and constructive way. His team speak of Jordan at the highest level as a fair and inclusive leader, and he has been described as someone who gets involved in every aspect of a project and ensures each person on site feels able to communicate openly throughout the site organisational structure. At only 28, Jordan was able to turn around the highly complex £48m Plymouth Cross project for EHA Group, overcoming significant challenges along the way and demonstrating key skills in relationship management, detailed planning and collaboration with sub-contract teams on site. Recommending him for the Rising Star Award, the judges said Jordan’s determination and drive to succeed in his career, together with his ability to motivate colleagues and take the lead on demanding projects, made him a worthy winner and a clear asset to his employer.

Jim Killen from Sacyr UK was recognised with the Outstanding Contributor Award. At 75, Jim has over 60 years of experience in the construction industry, with the majority of those years working in Northern Ireland. A joiner by trade, Jim was quickly recognised for his leadership qualities and enjoyed a long career with Gilbert-Ash before retiring at 65. However, Jim’s love and passion for the industry soon brought him back to work and, in 2018, he joined Sacyr UK as a Senior Site Manager on the new 16-storey, 70,000m2 Ulster University, Greater Belfast Development. The judges said Jim’s contribution to the construction of many of Northern Ireland’s landmark buildings, including the Stormont Link Buildings, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the Waterfront Hall, has been significant and that despite being well past most people’s idea of retirement age, he has retained an important management role in delivering one of the largest construction projects currently taking place in Belfast with the Ulster University development. Awarding him with the 2021 Outstanding Contributor Award, the judges said Jim’s ability to inspire confidence in not only the senior management, but also that of the client and design team, speaks volumes for his knowledge, capability and enthusiasm for both his job and the local construction industry as a whole.

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