The maiden edition of the City Construction and Properties Awards – an awards scheme to reward the efforts, creativity and excellence in building project management and delivery in the country – has been launched.
Organsied by Image Consortium Limited, an event and marketing communications company, the awards ceremony will come off on April 13, 2019 under the theme ‘Conceive, Construct, Conserve’.
It is expected to become an annual ceremony to recognise and award all stakeholders who have immensely contributed to the built environment to facilitate infrastructural development of the economy.
Executive Director at Image Consortium, Eugenia France, noted that a lot of hard work has gone into the building of Ghana, and this is the time to reward those whose efforts, work and dedication has brought the country this far.
“We have put together professionals in building and real estate – from architects, building engineers, and surveyors – to help in selecting the right people and building projects which have stood the test of time for every category,” she said.
Corporate bodies participating in the awards get an opportunity to be on a platform through which they can communicate and demonstrate the value placed on the significant contributions of creative minds which have helped build the country.
The awards, she said, will serve as an inspiration to the entire building, construction and properties industry, since they will become the barometer by which industry players or stakeholders measure performance and success.
“Supporting the City Construction and Properties Awards is certainly an effective way for individuals and associations to contribute toward the growth and promotion of high building construction standards,” she added.
Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Eugene Boakye-Antwi, said government will facilitate a novel way of constructing homes and institute creative financing schemes geared toward improving overall affordability and access to decent homes for all working Ghanaians and their families in modern communities.
“Government will develop housing units targetted at the vulnerable, marginalised and excluded in society; develop financing schemes to assist home buyers to acquire units; improve the quality of infrastructure in existing communities; and use public policy to develop the entire housing value-chain,” he added.
Mr. Simon Dornoo, Chairman of the launch, said activities of the built industry cannot be taken for granted – especially when Ghana is on the path of development and building factories, schools, hospitals and high-rise buildings in the country. He explained the categories to be awarded include: Residential buildings, Recreational buildings, Rural Housing, Public buildings and Commercial buildings.
The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in April next year. There were goodwill messages from the Collaborators (Ghana Institute of Architects, Ghana Institution of Engineering, Ghana Consulting Engineers Association, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana Institute of Planners, Chartered Institute of Building), who were fully represented by their officials at the launch.