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End of year awards and celebrations

The Russell WBHO team has celebrated another successful year at the annual business update seminar and prize giving.

Held just prior to the reintroduction of stricter covid restrictions, the event saw presentations from people across the business alongside the award ceremony and some light hearted entertainment in the form of a Blankety Blank-style gameshow hosted by construction director John ‘Les Dawson’ Millward.


  • Date:
    07th Jan 2022
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Joint managing directors Andrew and Gareth Russell gave an update on the success of the last year, which saw the business post its second highest ever turnover despite the challenges of Covid and complete some of its largest and most high profile projects.

The pair then took the opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work and commitment, keeping projects on programme and delivering consistently high quality schemes for clients.

They presented awards to individuals nominated and voted for by their colleagues, and for the Project Team of the Year. There was also a prize for Building Student trainee Grace Quinn whose abstract portrait of last year’s graduating trainee Sam Dickenson – painted during a team-building away day – was deemed the winning artwork.

On the day, construction director John Millward said: “It was great to bring all the departments and project teams together and catch up on everything we’ve achieved this year. It has had its challenges but thanks to the hard work everybody, it has still been an enormous success.

“Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted in the 2021 HSEQ Awards. We have a fantastic group of people in the business, dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to doing their jobs exceptionally well. To stand out from this crowd is a tough ask but the winners have done just that and we are delighted to acknowledge their ‘above and beyond’ attitude.

“To re-iterate the managing directors’ words, a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone for your hard work and achievements on what has been another challenging year. Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to another successful year in 2022!”


 Russell WBHO Annual Award Winners

  • Project of the Year: New Century Hall, NOMA
    • Joint 2nd Place:  55 Portland Street & Old Bank Building
    • Joint 3rd Place:  Lineage Peterborough & Municipal Building
  • Individual of the Year Monthly Paid: Liesel McQueen
  • Individual of the Year Weekly Paid: Kris Markiewicz
  • Individual of the Year Russell Homes: Mick Furlong



The Award Winners

Liesel McQueen

Individual of the Year (Monthly Paid) Liesel McQueen

Individual of the Year (Weekly Paid) Kris Markiewicz

Individual of the Year (Russell Homes) Mick Furlong

Grace Quinn, winner of the Building Student art competition

Project Team of the Year New Century Hall

Gallery: More photographs from the day

Building Students Alfie Luttley, Grace Quinn, James McDowell, Elizabeth Tracey and Tom Wong with construction director John Millward

The head office support team

The HSEQ team

The Municipal Buildings project team

The NOMA project team

The Oxygen project team

The pre-construction team

The Russell Homes team

Celebrating our Investors In People Platinum accreditation

Rounding off the event with a throwback game of Blankety Blank

The teams are working hard to win the points

Our very own John 'Les Dawson' Millward