Trade hero Addam Smith wins £50k community project boost

Addam at the awards presentation

Lincoln builder Addam Smith has been named winner of the Trade Hero Award in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition 2017.

Addam will now receive £50,000 worth of building materials to complete a community renovation project. Addam and his ‘Band of Builders’ helped to transform the home of their friend, Keith, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In his memory, the team now has plans to help others by extending the scheme nationwide.

“I’m still blown away to have won this award,” said Addam. “The £50,000 gives us a real kick start on the projects we’re planning, to help people who really need it. It’s a great start to the future of Band of Builders, which we’re already in the process of turning into a charity. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received and want to thank everybody for their help in getting us such a prestigious award.”

The Trade Hero category was introduced to the 2017 awards to celebrate those in the construction industry who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make their communities better places to live.

David Thomas was named runner-up of the category, while Farms for City Children has been awarded a grand regional prize of £50,000 worth of materials and labour. A further 23 community projects have won prizes of up to £10,000 worth of materials for renovation and new build projects.

Addam was invited to join the 25 other winners at an awards ceremony at the University of Nottingham where celebrity architect, George Clarke, presented the prizes.

George Clarke said: “I’ve been so impressed with the projects and amount of causes helped over the past few years, so it’s been an honour to have supported the Building Better Communities competition from Jewson. The funds donated will help the groups and charities make huge improvements to their buildings and, ultimately, make a difference to the communities of today and of the future.”

The competition was launched in March 2017 and saw the prize fund doubled for its third year. More than 2,000 entries were submitted and, with the help of Jewson employees and suppliers, the number was narrowed down to a shortlist of 42. This was then put to a public vote and, following further judging, Jewson announced the winners.

Dave Hill, Branch Manager at Jewson Lincoln, Addam’s local branch, said: “When we launched the Trade Hero category, we knew that we’d see some inspiring stories emerge. Addam worked tirelessly to improve the life of his friend, and we’re proud to be supporting the work he will go on to do in memory of Keith.

“We know there are community groups doing great work up and down the country, and they all deserve to be given a much-needed helping hand. We’re glad that we’ve been able to give them some of the resources they need to continue improving the lives of people around them.”

This year the competition was supported by a number of Jewson partners, including Velux, Norbord, Marshalls, Polypipe, Recticel, Tarmac and British Gypsum.