Nation Home Improvement Council Launches 2005 Annual Awards Brochure

The National Home Improvement Council has launched its prestigious 2005 Annual Awards brochure covering 12 popular categories.

This is the UK's major housing awards scheme for public and private sector organisations involved with home refurbishment, environmental renovation, skills training, special needs, safety and energy saving. Over 6000 copies of the brochure will be mailed to relevant UK organisations.

The closing date for entries is 26 August 2005.

The winners and runners-up in each category are announced at a special NHIC Awards Luncheon held at the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1 on 24 November 2005, hosted by the NHIC's President Lord Brooke CH PC. The guest of honour presenting the awards will be from the Palace of Westminster.

The 12 categories are:

CATEGORY 1: Local authorities & registered social landlords - completed moderisations. Sponsor is Ideal Standard.

CATEGORY 2: Best value in window replacement. Sponsor is Schuco International.

CATEGORY 3: Housing association modernisations. Sponsor is the Electrical Contractors' Association.

CATEGORY 4: Training achievement. Sponsor is the Construction Industry Training Board.

CATEGORY 5: The best brownfield or recycled building project. Sponsor is the Federation of Master Builders.

CATEGORY 6: Gas safety in the home. Sponsor is the Council for Registered Gas Installers.

CATEGORY 7: Young kitchen designer award. Sponsor is the Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA)

CATEGORY 8: Roofing excellence. Sponsor is the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

CATEGORY 9: Eliminating fuel poverty. Sponsor is the Cavity Insualtion Guarantee Association.

CATEGORY 10: Special needs facilities. Sponsor is Armitage Shanks.

CATEGORY 11: Electrical safety. Sponsor is the National Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.

CATEGORY 12: Central heating/domestic hot water innovations. Sponsor is Baxi Potterton.

The ultimate NHIC award is the George Plucknett Award. This is made at the discretion of the Judges if they consider there is one submission which stands out beyond all others.

Copies of the NHIC 2005 Award Brochure which includes the entry form can be obtained from: Graham Ponting, Director, NHIC, Carlyle House, 235 Vauhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ. Tel: 020 7828 8230 or emailing: [email protected]

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