Entries invited for CMA Awards for Excellence

The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) will be staging its 13th Awards for Excellence competition during 2010. The competition is open to all architects, engineers, manufacturers, developers, contractors or users that are involved with precast concrete projects and is not limited to CMA member companies. CMA director, John Cairns, says that the purpose of the awards is to recognise excellence in the aesthetic, engineering and creative use of concrete manufactured products and to honour those involved in the application of these products, either through design, or construction, or both.” The awards programme runs biennially and presents an opportunity for southern African designers, developers and others in the various related disciplines to gain national recognition for their achievements.

Entries may be submitted by individuals, partnerships or companies in the following categories: Concrete Block Paving; Concrete Roof Tiles; Concrete Masonry; Concrete Retaining Block Walls; Suspended Concrete Floor Slabs; Infrastructural Products. There are further sub-categories, which are detailed on the entry form, and in some cases a ‘vintage’ sub-category for projects completed 10 or more years ago.

“This category was introduced in 2000 and demonstrates that concrete products are not only durable but also retain their aesthetic appeal over the long term,” says Cairns. Apart from the vintage entries, only projects that have been completed since January 1st 2008 qualify for entry. The closing date for all submissions is May 31st 2010.

Awards are presented at regional and national levels and four floating trophies, sponsored by international pigment manufacturer, Cathay Industries, will be awarded to the overall national winners in the Masonry, Paving, Roof Tiles and Other Concrete Products categories. The national awards ceremony will take place in Gauteng in October.

Cairns says the competition standards are high, and if not met in any of the categories, the CMA reserves the right to withhold an award in that category.

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