A - News Reports from October to December 2014 - Master Victoria Russell



The Worshipful Company of Constructors (Constructors Company) is the 99th Livery Company in the City of London and our Liverymen are Chartered Members of their respective professional institutes; many are in leading positions within the wider industry. The company continually sets industry standards and we are always seeking to pass our members experience on to those who follow in their respective careers.

The Constructors Company continues to support scholarships and awards in the Industry including substantial research and travel awards to young persons. As a champion of the built environment, the Constructors Company offers a range of scholarships to support students, graduates, academics and practitioners in order to promote and reward the construction leaders of the future. The scholarships, awards and prizes on offer include awards for research, travel, course fees and projects covering the whole built environment.

The Constructors Company scholarships, awards and prizes are available to bright, motivated and ambitious individuals who show the potential to succeed in the construction industry. The scholars on our funded schemes produce a piece of research in the UK that results in a tangible outcome and benefits the scholar, the company and industry.

Our current scholarships are:
Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship Established in 1998 in conjunction with the CIOB, the scholarship supports research in the general field of construction management and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

The Faculty of Architecture and Surveying Scholarship In conjunction with the Faculty of Architecture and Surveying at the CIOB, this scholarship supports research in the field of architecture and surveying and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

Sustainability Scholarship This scholarship in conjunction with the CIOB and the College of Estate Management supports research in sustainability and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

Maintenance, Adaptation, Refurbishment and Conservation Scholarship In conjunction with the Maintenance, Adaptation, Refurbishment and Conservation Group at the CIOB, this scholarship supports research in the field of Maintenance, Adaptation, Refurbishment and Conservation and offers an annual scholarship of £3,000.

University Research Scholarship The aim of this scholarship, in conjunction with the CIOB, is to produce vocationally significant and practical research which will ultimately benefit the construction industry. The scholarship provides the necessary financial support to a post-graduate student for the purpose of undertaking research which may be required for completion of a dissertation or thesis. This award is currently under review.

Our current awards are:

The Royal Charter Award for Excellence in Construction The Royal Charter Award is part of the Constructors’ Charter Legacy Project which is given in honour and recognition of excellence in construction. Recipients of the award are nominated by members of the Company. International Research Award for Young Constructors

In collaboration with the BRE Trust, this award seeks exceptional young individuals from the construction sector to undertake an innovative, topical study relating to construction, planning, design systems and processes or a market study in a country of their choice. The winning applicant receives £7,000 towards the cost of their study and the publication of their work through the BRE Trust publishing company; IHS BRE Press.

QUEST- Institution of Civil Engineers & Worshipful Company of Constructors Award
The QUEST award in partnership with the ICE is for ICE members that wish to undertake a project that contributes to both their personal and career development. The award offers £2,500 of financial support to help with a chosen project, which will typically last 18 months. A representative from ICE and the WCC will provide guidance and act as a mentor throughout the project.

Our current prizes are:
David Tong Cup
In association with London South Bank University, awarded to a First Class Honours Degree in Construction Management graduate of that year.

Constructors Prize
In association with The University of Westminster, this prize is awarded to a First Class Honours Degree graduate of that year.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarships, prizes or awards or know of anyone/ company who may be interested, please contact the Constructors Company Scholarship and Awards Committee.

12th December - Freeman Dean Wincott obtains his Freedom of The City of London

Freeman Dean Wincott The New Business Director of Mears Plc sought and was granted the Freedom of The City of London in The Chamberlain`s Court Guildhall.

One of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today is the granting of the Freedom of the City of London. It is believed that the first Freedom was presented in 1237.

Seen here on left is Mr Murray Craig Clerk to The Chamberlain`s Court and on the right the Beadle, Ernest Brocklehurst.

10th December - Freeman of The Company and CIOB Past President Martin Chambers Wins National Achiever Title at Celebrating Construction Awards

The Company is delighted to know that Freeman Martin Chambers PPCIOB that Framework Director of The Shaylor Group based in Aldridge, West Midlands has been named ‘Achiever of the Year’ at the prestigious Celebrating Construction 2014 National Awards at the ceremony held in London on Friday 14th November. 

Having previously taken the same title at the West Midlands ceremony held in April, Chambers progressed to the finals of the National Awards. In the final run-off Chambers faced stiff competition from other regional winners including Steve Baker, Group Manager of Construction Management Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Osborne’s Fred Mills, a thought leader in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and creator of collaborative platform BIM One Million.

Born in Manchester, Chambers became an adopted son of the West Midlands through graduating from Aston University in 1981. Based locally since then, his career includes leading some of the region and country’s most prolific construction businesses and projects, many of which have had a transformational impact on both the West Midlands economy and the wider construction industry. Having entered the industry as a sponsored trainee with George Wimpey, he has gone on to oversee and manage a number of companies, major projects and national programmes of work.

9th December - 201st Court Meeting at Wax Chandlers` Hall

The Master led The Court through the business of the day which included installing the Court Assistants for the new year.  The Court also recieved and clothed a new Liveryman and welcomed into The Company three new Freemen of The Company.

New Liveryman Garry Thomas BA (hons) AADip ARB RIBA An Architect with the business RRA Architects Ltd of Herford Herfordshire providing Chartered Architectural and Professional Services and a member of The Magic Circle and already a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farriers. Garry is introduced by Past Master Alan Longhurst.

New Freeman James Tweedie a Managing Director of a Glass & Glazing Consultantcy London Architectural Glazing Ltd based in London E10. Specialising in the architectural glazing field. James is introduced to The Company by Past Master Doug Barrat

New Freeman Simon Parker BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management MRICS The Principle of Spurdown Ltd based in Horsmonden Kent. A specialist in renovating and trading property. Simon is introduced to The Company by Court Assistant Michael Rigden.

New Liveryman Mathew Gonzalez BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction (UCL), Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and Full Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM). A Senior Project Manager with the commercial Property Investment and Development Specialist NewRiver Retail (UK) Ltd an AIM listed REIT based in Mayfair London W1. A long established business. Mathew is introduced by The Master Victoria Russell.

Thereafter The Court recieved committee reports and an update on the activities of The Company Charitable Trust.

At the close of The Court the Members proceeded to St Lawrence Jewry beside Guildhall for a joint Carol Service with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.


1st December - Livery briefing

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14th - 16th November TEAMBUILD

“The Master, Victoria Russell, presented the Worshipful Company of Constructors’ prize of £2,000 to the winning team at Teambuild 2014 following the hotly contested finals which took place over the weekend of 15-16 November.

12 teams, representing 27 top construction companies, participated in the finals; the teams were challenged to plan, design and present proposals for the extensive revamp of Land Securities’ Eastbourne Terrace site, adjacent to Paddington Station.  This fascinating project provided the background for a series of taxing scenarios at all stages of the construction process, watched and scored by judges from all fields across the construction industry.

The Master was hugely impressed by the talent, energy and enthusiasm of all the participants and was particularly delighted that 40% of the contestants were women, and that the winning team, comprising young professionals from KSS Design, Mott MacDonald, Gardiner & Theobald and BWB Consultancy, consisted of 5 young women and one man.

The objectives of Teambuild focus on developing skills in leadership, communication and co-ordination; the competition helps identify the ways in which the teams must work together in the construction industry by presenting them with the challenges common to construction projects across the UK.

The overall standard of the event was extremely high and all 12 finalist teams should be congratulated on an immense achievement.

Entries for Teambuild 2015 will open in June; the Worshipful Company of Constructors is proud to support this innovative and highly successful event and provide the principal prize.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme (our Royal Charter Award 2013) web site on the competition here:-


8th November - The 799th Lord Mayor`s Show

The Master Victoria Russell and Middle Warden Ian Mason led The Company in this year`s show. Parading in The Modern Companies Float. The procession is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people

See here from left: Middle Warden Ian Mason, Yeoman Member Fabrizio Matillana and on right The Master Victoria Russell all mustering before the procession moved off.


The Master was honoured to be invited to form part of the Guard of Honour for the Lord Mayor on his return to Mansion House at the end of the show.  The Master & Steve then enjoyed lunch at Mansion House before joining a number of Constructors at the Little Ship Club for a drink before watching the fireworks.




3rd November - The Master represents The Company in laying a cross in The Garden of Remembrance at St Paul`s Catherdral.


The Master processes in turn to lay her cross on behalf of The Company

November - The Worshipful Company of Constructors

Remembering 100 years 1914 - 1918

The Moat of The Tower of London

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies fill the Tower’s famous moat.

Tower Moat in WW1 growing vegetables

9th October - Annual Church Service & The Installation of The Master and Wardens at St Lawrence Jewry Next Guildhall followed by The Installation Dinner at Saddlers`Hall

The Master was installed in office by The Clerk and in turn installed the Wardens for the ensuing year.

The Company and Guests then provceeded to Saddlers` Hall

The stunning Saddlers` Hall was ready & prepared.

The Company hosted:

Roger Westbrook Master Tyler & Bricklayer

Col John Bridgeman CBE TD DL Master Turner

Rev Chris Cullwick Senior Warden York Guild of Building

Issa Tahhan Master Environmental Cleaner

Michael Webster Master Information Technologist

Wayne Warlow Master Elect Worshipful Company of Wales

Special guest of The Master;

Sheriff Fiona Adler

The Guest Speaker Peter Nelson, Assistant Town Clerk, City of London Corporation

The Master with Sheriff Fiona Adler

The Master leads The Company guests into dinner

The Master`s Consort husband Steve Lawrence escorts Sheriff Fiona Adler.

A full Saddlers` Hall dine on Lobster, Roe Deer and finally Mascarpone Cheescake - all simply delicious thanks to Party Ingrediants. Wines to match the menu included a Le Fume Noir 2010.

The Master concludes a spendid evening, after Court Assistant Jessica Taylor proposed the toast to The Guests and a very amusing speech from Peter Nelson, Assistant Town Clerk, City of London Corporation. The Master bids everyone a safe journey from the splendour of Saddlers` Hall.

17th October - Issue of latest Livery Briefing

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The Master, Victoria Russell, is a member of The Livery Committee and much more detail of the membership and work of the committee can be found here.

Message from Nigel Pullman, Chair of Livery Committee:-

This edition of the bi-monthly Livery Briefing includes a summary of those topics discussed at the meeting of the Livery Committee on 10 September 2014, together with an update on more general subjects of interest to liverymen. This briefing is published by the Town Clerk’s Department and PRO at Guildhall, on behalf of the Livery Committee, and recipients are encouraged to please forward this newsletter to their liverymen, or if posting it at your company website, to please tell your members that you have done so.

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Nigel Pullman
Livery Committee