How Worksmart Won the 2017 FIS Gold Judges Award

As those who follow us on social media will know, we have recently returned from the FIS Awards in London. These were held at the impressive Dorchester Hotel in London and turned out to be a very successful trip for Worksmart. Our refurbishment project at the Gaiety in Ayr, won the Gold Judges Awards. This blog will discuss the entire process of winning this award.

The first stage of the awards is the entry process, which is only open to companies who are members of the FIS. This requires an online form to be filled out that will contain essential information about the job, including a brief description of the works carried out in the fit-out or refurbishment. Each entry costs to enter, and is submitted into one of several categories.

After this, the judges from the FIS each of the sites that have been entered into the Awards, with some 70 sites being visited throughout the UK. This time around, we were the only company in Scotland who were visited by the FIS, with two projects being entered. In addition to the entries, the judges were presented with booklets that were created by our digital marketing apprentice, Kieran Johnstone. These showed the transformation of the Gaiety from a rotten shell of a former theatre to a newly refurbished, gorgeous one that the whole community can be proud of. We also entered our fit-out of c2 Concept’s Glasgow office, for which c2 were the architect, into the Interior fit-out under £1 million category. This was a great office installation that contained an open-plan office, meeting area and café facilities.

The final stage was the awards in London. These were held on the 6th of June at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, and was attended by some 500 members, a great turn out despite typically British weather. While we may have entered the Gaiety into the Interior Fit-Out over £1 million category, it actually ended up being part of the Judges Award section. This is the first award announced at the event, with Worksmart being one of two companies to win this award.  The award was presented to both ourselves and Mr George Reynolds, a director of Austin Smith; Lord Architects. The photograph at the top of this blog shows Worksmart’s directors with George Reynolds, a director at Austin Smith; Lord.

In the recent FIS Focus magazine about the awards, the Judges who visited the site said: “This demanding project required an immense amount of precision, ingenuity and attention to detail. Active and productive collaboration with the client and the design team was paramount and helped deliver, on time, an excellent finished result.”

In conclusion, Worksmart are delighted to have won this Award. We have always been thrilled with all the help the FIS have given us over the years, from continued support of our social media to displaying many of our jobs on their website. We are also delighted that the FIS has worked on major issues in our industry, such as retention and the skills gap in the sector, with a large amount of guidance programmes like the CITB now being in place. For any businesses in the interior fit-out and refurbishment sector who wish to join the FIS, you can register your interest here.

Now onto the Scottish FIS Awards, which are being held at the George Hotel in Edinburgh on the 6th of October. We have several entires in these awards. We have entered our fit-out work at Ellis Whittam’s new office into the interior fit-out category. We have also entered our work at GHA’s Kingsway Court into the Glazed Partitionign category, which was a fantastic office rebuild. Finally, we entered Cameron and Alex, two of our apprentices, into the apprentice of the year award, designed to show the very best apprentices in the construction sector of Scotland. More information can be found in the booklets available at https://issuu.com/makeitworksmart. We hope to see many of you there.

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