Lighthouse revamp is Supreme Winner at PDA’s Premier Trophy Awards 

Trade PDA Premier Trophy Award winners: Apprentices of the Year celebrate with the category winners and Supreme winner at the Painting and Decorating Association Premier Trophy Awards.

A striking revamp of a landmark lighthouse has been declared Supreme Winner at the prestigious Premier Trophy Awards held by the Painting and Decorating Association. 

National painting and decorating contractor, Ian Williams Ltd won the Industrial category for its work at Longstone Lighthouse, and went on to be declared Supreme Winner at the awards ceremony, held at Plaisterers’ Hall in London.

A directly employed team from the contractor lived and worked at the lighthouse for three weeks, facing challenges including the location and environment as well as the weather and supply constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Trade PDA Premier Trophy ceremony: Guests wait to hear the winners of the Painting and Decorating Association Premier Trophy Awards.

Other winning projects across the seven award categories included work at Manchester Airport, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and a Cotswold farmhouse.

The PDA is the UK’s largest trade body for the painting and decorating sector, and each year the Association appoints a panel of independent judges to visit and assess the shortlisted projects across the UK.

Chief Executive of the PDA, Neil Ogilvie said: “I’d like to thank our award sponsors and our independent judges, who are all members of the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI).

“They visited all short-listed projects to assess the quality of work and gain insight into the challenges overcome to produce the final result.

“Congratulations to all the winners and those who received commendations, on the skill, professionalism and commitment to quality that is recognised with these awards.”

Trade PDA Premier Trophy CEO Neil Ogilvie: Painting and Decorating Association Chief Executive, Neil Ogilvie, presented the Premier Trophy Awards.

The results of the PDA’s annual Apprentice of the Year competition were also announced at the Premier Trophy Awards.

After three regional heats which saw 42 apprentices take on a gruelling six-hour challenge of stamina and skill, the top three in the Junior and Senior categories were all in invited to the awards ceremony.

Senior Apprentice of the Year was Nicole Smith from Bell Group, who is studying City Building’s Training College at Queenslie, Glasgow.

Joint runners-up were Leeds College of Buildings student, Sophie Bennett, working at RBP Décor and studying at Leeds College of Building, and Archie Brook, studying at Doncaster College and working for Wrights Contractors Ltd.

The Junior Apprentice of the Year was Harry Davies of LDC Decorating Contractors Ltd, studying at Leeds College of Building.

Joint runners-up were Katie White of Ian Williams, studying at New City College, Hackney, and Jade Oakes of Ciaran Rooney Painting who is studying at Riverside College.

The competition heats were judged by Neil Ogilvie and Ann Cook from the Association of Painting Crafts Teachers.

Ann said: “Congratulations to all the competitors, and particularly to the prize winners who produced ‘just that bit extra’ when working under pressure.

“The apprentices conducted themselves professionally and were a credit to both their employers and training providers.”

Brewers Decorator Centres were the main sponsors of the event. Silver sponsors were jobmate, tesa, Citation and Axus Décor.

Loyal sponsors were Mirka, Owatrol, Purdy, Crown, Dulux Trade, CT1, Valspar Trade, Repair Care and Johnstone’s Trade.

Sponsors of the Apprentice of the Year competition were CITB and Purdy, with materials and goody bags sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres and tesa.

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PDA Premier Trophy Award Winners

Decorative: P&S Timbrell Decorators Ltd, Farmhouse, Copesgrove Farm, Bisley 

Highly Decorative: Campbell Smith & Co Ltd, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London 

Small Contractor: Stuart Yates Décor, Private Residence, Derbyshire 

Residential: Ambrose Ellis Painting Contractors Ltd, Oxygen, Manchester 

Commercial: Story Decorating Group Ltd, Manchester Airport 

New Build: Ambrose Ellis Painting Contractors Ltd, The Lexington Building, Liverpool 

Industrial: Ian Williams Ltd, Longstone Lighthouse, Northumberland 

Supreme Winner: Ian Williams Ltd, Longstone Lighthouse, Northumberland 

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