Highways Awards: Seize the moment

Dominic Browne

Two hours and 20 years; these are the kind of windows we are working in.

It usually takes just two hours from the asphalt mix to the surface lay. Every second of that time counts. Every second the temperature changes; the compaction levels shift as the rollers move over, the light fades or increases, the road closure window and the hourly rate move ever onwards.

And as the shifts slip by, before the team's eyes a new project comes into form - a form that should last for 20 years and more; a new road, less time at the traffic lights, more time with the grandkids, a safer journey, a life saved, a house built, jobs made, a city connected.

And even more time is poured and compacted into every moment of the work like oil holding the stones together - days of preparation, weeks of scheduling, months of design, seasons of procurement, years of planning, decades of R&D, generations of experience, thousands of years of history.

Towns and cities come closer together, routes that have existed for longer than the civilisations around them are laid and relaid and improved and passed down once more to another generation.

It's worth more than we can repay.

But our job at Highways is to recognise it, to celebrate it and to make sure it is repaid as best as the country can.

So give us a few more hours of your time, a dinner, a few speeches, lots of laughs, old friends, new business contacts. Give us your time at the Highways Awards and we will give you something to remember and maybe somethign to treasure for a life time.

It is time to put an official stamp of quality on the best and brightest in the industry this year.

It is time for the 16th annual Highways Awards.

Featured last year on the BBC’s The One Show, the Awards have built up an unrivalled reputation for independent, expert judgement and the premium night for recognising highways excellence.

Our distinguished and independent judging panel represent all corners of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and work to the highest levels of impartiality and professionalism.

Well over a hundred companies enter the Awards every year and the event keeps growing and growing.

Online entry is open until 5pm Friday 21 June, and sponsorship slots are still available, so don't delay.

This year, the Awards will again take place at the Royal Lancaster London, on 9 October 2019.

Click here to get involved

Highways jobs

Grounds Maintenance Operative

£19,312 - £20,493 per annum
This position is Seasonal/Fixed Term from 22 March to 29 October 2021. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Head of Highways

£53,984 - £63,449
You will have a proven track record of success in delivering effective highway services and substantial capital programmes as... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Vehicle Technician x2

£24,982 - £29,577 per annum
These positions are fixed term contracts for 12 months with the prospect of a permanent role once the Class C Driving Licence has been obtained.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Commercial Vehicle Technician

£30,000 per annum
We are seeking a fully trained HGV technician to work as part of the team who maintain the Council's fleet to the highest standards.  Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Clerk of Works

£32,234 - £35,745
We are looking for someone who... Warrington, Cheshire
Recruiter: Warrington Borough Council

Executive Director of Place, Economy & Environment – West Northamptonshire Council

Up to £140k
Be part of shaping the future Northamptonshire
Recruiter: North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire

Director Public Protection and Licensing

circa £123k
At Westminster, we are passionate about the place and the people who live, work and visit here. City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Westminster City Council

Senior Data Centre Engineer

The successful candidate will have a BSc in relevant discipline, or equivalent industry experience. Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Lead Network Engineer

We are going through exciting new changes, which require the need for Lead Network engineers who can redesign, architect, document and... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Community Protection Regulatory Officer

£26,112 per annum, rising to £28,785
The successful applicant will provide support to the team’s Environmental Health Officers while also benefitting from their experience and guidance. Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

£26,112 per annum, rising to £28,785
The successful candidate will show enthusiasm and a commitment to effectively deliver excellent service to... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Drainage Engineer & Senior Drainage Engineer

£32,234 - £35,745 (Engineer), £35,745 - £39,880 (Senior Engineer)
Lincolnshire County Council has exciting opportunities for a Drainage Engineer (x1) and Senior Drainage Engineer Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Principal S106 & CIL Officer (Infrastructure Planning)

£43,860 - £46,839 p.a. inc.
To be successful in this role, you will bring strong S106 & CIL collection experience, be able to... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Head of Built Environment

£67,036 - £76,613 per annum
The post holder will deliver the effective strategic improvement, co-ordination and management of the planned... Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of Bradford MDC

Highways Maintenance Engineer

£30,492 - £32,851
We are looking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced Highway Maintenance Engineer to join our Key Projects Team at... Worcestershire
Recruiter: Worcestershire County Council

Street Cleaning Operatives / Drivers

£21,795 - £22,995 Per Annum
We are looking for hard working, motivated, reliable people to join our team. Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Senior Infrastructure Design Engineer

£35,745 - £38,890 per annum
Do you want to work in an innovative, positive team that shapes and develops the places we live and work in? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Sustainable Travel Delivery Specialist

£32,234 - £34,728 per annum
Are you passionate about Active Travel and Sustainable Transport? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Asset Inspector

£20,092 - £21,748 per annum
Do you enjoy an active life and have an interest in Heritage, Environment and Engineering assets? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Assistant Project Engineer

£27,741 - £29,577 per annum
Do you have a passion for civil engineering and construction? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

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