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Golden Trowel Awards 2017 - Results

Huge thanks to everyone who submitted their photographs for the 11th Annual Golden Trowel Awards.  Judging took place at the Concrete Society, where quality images of over 500 examples of decorative Concrete and cementitious walling projects installed during 2016 were on show.

The Judges again this year were hugely impressed and encouraged by the tremendous scope and creativity of the designs.

PICS are pleased to announce the Winners of the 2017 Golden Trowel Competition are as follows:-

UK Domestic PIC Project

1st Place - Pattern Paving Concrete Ltd - Eifion Morgan
2nd Place - Concrete Creations - Adam Young & Gavin Gill
3rd Place - Brightside Homes - Andy Whiley

UK Commercial PIC Project

1st Place - Creative Driveways & Lancashire - Mark Lockley
2nd Place - Ferrovial Lagan JV (Tarmac & Aggregate Industries) - Colin Campbell
3rd Place - C D Design - Tim Bergin & Wayne Quentin
Special Mention - Creative Concrete, Martock - Adrian Turner

UK Decorative Concrete Project

1st Place - RBH Production - Rob Heap
2nd Place - Blair Drummond Safari Park - Gary Gilmour
3rd Place - Mollington Contracts - Bob Merrill & Jason Davidson
Special Mention - Artstone Garden Sculptures - Christine Baxter

International Decorative Concrete Project


Winner - Custom Driveways - Alvydas Tiknius
Special Mention - Decor Beton (Vietnam) - Hai Do Van

Please click on the link below where a selection of the entries together with the winning projects are showcased:

Golden Trowel 2017 Montage

So, our congratulations to all winners and thank you to all entrants, judges and the Concrete Society for hosting the awards again this year.

Please remember that entries can be sent in to our dedicated email address golden.trowel@picsuk.com at any time throughout the year. Please remember to include your own and your company name so we know how to get in touch.

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Golden Trowel Awards 2016 - Results

Huge thanks to everyone who submitted their photographs for the 10th Annual Golden Trowel Awards. Judging took place at the Concrete Society, where quality images of over 500 examples of Decorative Concrete and cementitious walling projects installed during 2015 were on show. A regular on the judging panel, Graham True commented, “each year the standard, originality and design demonstrated by the entries goes up, but this year the step up has been significant”.

In fact, everyone was hugely impressed and encouraged by the tremendous scope and creativity of the designs on display. The results are as follows:

UK Domestic PIC Project

1st Creative Driveways of Lancashire Ltd - Mark Lockley
2nd Driveways Northwest (PICS) Ltd - Martin Lefley
3rd Decorative Concrete Specialists Ltd - Barry Pimble

UK Commercial PIC Project

1st Pedratek Ltd / Frost Landscapes Ltd - Andre Tyrell / Martin Wiles
2nd Decorative Concrete Specialists Ltd - Barry Pimble
3rd Decorative Concrete Specialists Ltd - Barry Pimble

UK Decorative Concrete Project

1st Skim Coat Ltd - Darren Beck
2nd RTU Ltd - Sam McIlroy
3rd Alan Bishop Themeworks Ltd - Alan Bishop

International Decorative Concrete Project

1st Groenkompas (The Netherlands) - Jereon Weijmans
2nd Condecor Construction as (Czech Republic) - Radomil Dolnicek

Click on the link below to view a montage featuring some of the entries submitted this year:

Golden Trowel 2016 Montage

So, our congratulations to all winners, and thank you to all entrants, judges and the Concrete Society for hosting the awards again this year.

Please note that entries can be sent in to our dedicated email address golden.trowel@picsuk.com at any time throughout the year. Please remember to include your own and your company name so we know how to get in touch.

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Golden Trowel Awards 2015 - Results

Yet again we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who submitted their photographs for the 2015 Golden Trowel Competition.  We received a huge number of individual photographs again this year, demonstrating the enormous variety of design options that can be achieved.

The judging panel reviewed UK Domestic and Commercial Projects and International entries.

The judges represented the Concrete Society, decorative concrete installers and architectural concrete specialists.  They were hugely impressed and encouraged by the tremendous scope and creativity of the designs on display.   And the results are as follows:

UK Domestic Project

The Concrete Printing Co - Peter Ross
P J Print - Phil Pearson
Abbey Driveways Ltd - Stefan Shipley

UK Commerical Project

Kr8ive Koncrete Ltd - Adrian Turner
Lloyd Reilly Decorative Concrete UK Ltd - James Lloyd & Matt Reilly
Beton Tool Ltd - Robert Pasqualotto

International Project

Condecor Construction as (Czech Republic) - Radek Dolnicek
Deocr Beton Vietnam Co Ltd (Vietnam) - Tranh Trung Anh
Steypustodin ehf (Iceland) - Viddi Olgeirsson

Special Mentions

Decorative Concrete Specialits Ltd - Barry Pimble
Cedarscape Ltd - Hassane Atoui
Down to Earth Driveways - Lee Bouttell

Please click the following video link to see more of the entries:   YouTube - Golden Trowel 2015 Montage

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PICS Golden Trowel Awards on Facebook

Important Update - Our Facebook page now includes Special Offers only available to those who have liked us.

Click the link below to see posters of the Winning entries in the 2014 PICS Golden Trowel awards and look out for Special Offers.

www.facebook.com/PICSLtd

There'll be regular Special Offers exclusive to our Likers, so do click Like at the top of the page once you get there.

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FREE Wallcrete Training

In case you haven't seen the update on The Plasterers Forum, the next Training Course at each of our 3 locations is FREE of charge.

16th July - Sheffield
24th July - Newbury
27th August - Manchester

We've already taken a number of bookings, so get in quick - call us on 01635 202224 to secure your spot.

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2 New Additions to PICS Sheffield Team

A very warm welcome to the latest recruits to our ultra-busy Sheffield Depot. Both additions to the team show an ongoing commitment to the improvement and enhancement of the service we provide to our valued customers.

Firstly, Gary Wainwright will quickly become a well-known face known both in the depot and out and about as he will be shooting around the area making deliveries and collections as well as providing invaluable support to Ethan and Phil.

In order to improve and enhance the service to our valued customers we decided we had to give him something reliable to run around in hence the addition of our 2nd new Team Member, Van No 4 to the PICS Fleet!

We are getting busier and busier but our service profile remains as vital to us today as it was when we opened the doors a few years ago; this investment will ensure we continue to meet (and hopefully exceed) your expectations despite the increased levels of business we are experiencing.

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Golden Trowel Awards 2014 - Results

Yet again we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who submitted their photographs for the 2014 Golden Trowel Competition.  We received a huge number of individual photopgraphs again this year, demonstrating the enormous variety of design options that can be achieved.

The judging panel reviewed both UK Domestic Projects and International entries from Iceland to Dubai via Vietnam!

The judges represented the Concrete Society, the ready-mixed concrete suppliers, decorative concrete installers and the 2013 Golden Trowel Winner.  They were hugely impressed and encouraged by the tremendous scope and creativity of the designs on display.

PICS are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Golden Trowel Competition:

UK Domestic PIC Project
The Winner - Celtic Landscapes
Runner Up - Avant Gardens & Driveways
3rd Place - Elite Drive Designs

UK Commercial PIC Project
The Winner - Creative Concrete Somerset Ltd

International Decorative Concrete Project
The Winner - Groenkompas Rocks & Landscapes - The Netherlands
Runner Up - Steypustodin ehf - Iceland

We have put together an impressive montage of some of the best photos from this year's competition.

Please do click on the YouTube link below where this work is showcased.

YouTube - Golden Trowel 2014 Montage

So, our congratulations to all winners, and thank you to all entrants, judges and the Concrete Society for hosting the awards again this year.

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PICS Golden Trowel Awards 2014

Time has come once again to call for entries for the PICS Golden Trowel Awards - the UK’s top accolades for overall excellence in decorative concrete projects.

These awards recognise achievements across a range of disciplines and if used to the best advantage, can prove to be an excellent marketing tool for the winners, so make sure your best work is recognised by entering today.  Entries can be submitted for more than one category and you can enter as many different projects in to the same category as you wish.

The Golden Trowel Awards which are open to all contractors, NOT just those who trade with PICS, represent the best and most innovative work done throughout the UK and range in size from very small to major.

All we need are photographs of projects you completed in 2013 and your company’s name.  Last year saw the biggest number of entries we’ve ever received and it would be great to keep that momentum going with another record haul this year.

The categories are:

  • Domestic PIC Project in the UK of your own design
  • Commercial PIC Project in the UK to a specified design
  • Decorative Concrete Project of your own design, within the UK, using any type of surface finish
  • International Decorative Concrete Project using any type of surface finish.

We have set up a dedicated email address to receive your entries, as follows: golden.trowel@picsuk.com

Entries can also be accepted on disc or printed format – the deadline for entries is Friday 30th May and judging will take place 2 weeks later.

The 2014 Awards will as always be judged by members of The Concrete Society and will be published with a strong write-up in the Concrete Magazine.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

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Golden Trowel Concrete Magazine (September 2013)

Read the full article here

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Prize Draw Winners!!!

In Spring 2014 we will have the facility to send invoices and statements out to our customers by email, so we recently ran a campaign to check the details on our system, and obtain new addresses where needed.

Everyone who submitted an email address was entered into a Prize Draw... names were drawn out of a hat this morning and these are the lucky Winners!

1st Prize - £250 - Jim McKinley of Premier Print Drives
2nd Prize - £150 - Stephen Anderson of Impressed Paving Cumbria
3rd Prize - £50 - Paul Day of Paul Day Landscapes

A big thank you to everyone who entered!!

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