The winners of the 2021 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards have been announced at an exclusive ceremony and gala dinner, which returned to the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 9th September after taking place virtually in 2020.

Comedian Lucy Porter, who proved a popular host at the 2018 awards, returned to the BCIA stage as the building controls industry came together to celebrate its finest products, projects and people.

First to collect their award were ABEC who were named BEMS Installer of the Year. The Engineer of the Year Award was given to Steven Nuttal of Aimteq Solutions, with Lewis Williams of Detail Design Engineering named as the winner in the Young Engineer category.

Ecopilot (UK) & E.ON Control Solutions won the Energy Management Award for their work with Aberdeen Standard Investments at One Trinity Gardens in Newcastle, while Global Associates took the prize for Best Service and Maintenance Provider.

Technical Innovation of the Year went to Angel Guard in the Product category for their AI Clinical Washbasin, and BGES Group’s work on a major renewable retrofit at the Oxfordshire Golf Course won in the Project category.

InTandem Systems took the Contribution to Training Award, and the impressive work by Carbon Numbers on the Blizard Building for the London School of Medicine and Dentistry scooped the Smart Buildings Award.

The final award of the night, for Outstanding Contribution of the Year, was presented to Jon Belfield of InTandem Systems. Jon, Immediate Past President of the BCIA, has dedicated a significant amount of time, effort and enthusiasm to new initiatives which have benefited the whole industry.

BCIA President Terry Sharp was delighted that the event could go ahead, saying: “It was fantastic to have the industry’s finest all together again and you could really feel the excitement on the night. The fact that the building controls industry has continued to thrive during a very difficult period just demonstrates the important role it plays in the modern world and I am so glad that the finalists and winners could celebrate their achievements.”

On Jon Belfield’s award, Terry added: “I am very proud to call Jon a friend and I am personally delighted for him. If he retired tomorrow he would leave a lasting legacy of someone who evoked positive change in the building controls industry.”