International Building Press (IBP) joins forces with Gorkana and CIPR CAPSIG group to launch new communications awards

In a bold move to emulate their annual journalism awards scheme, established in 1973, International Building Press (IBP) has launched the Communication and PR Awards this week.

The Awards are intended to showcase and give recognition to in-house PR departments and Public Relations Consultancies working in architecture, construction and design, together with residential and commercial property.

These are the first Communication and PR awards dedicated to communications activity in the built environment. They have been established in response to increasing recognition by journalists and clients of the important role that public relations plays in the industry.

Judges representing the media and industry, include* Peter Bill, columnist, Evening Standard & Estate Gazette; Amanda Baillieu, Editor, Building Design magazine; Alan Smith, Corporate Communications Director, Kier Group; Vanessa Brady, President, Society of British Interior Design and Sheri Besford, Building Design Partnership, will help to judge eight categories:

  • In-house Communications Team
  • PR Consultancy Team
  • Best Business Communications Campaign
  • Best Public Affairs Campaign
  • Best use of online/digital media
  • Campaign of the Year
  • Young Communicator of the Year
  • Communicator of the Year

The awards are being run in association with the Gorkana Group, specialists in media database, monitoring and communications measurement, with the support of the CIPR special interest group Capsig and The Building Centre.

These awards provide an excellent opportunity for communications professionals to get the recognition they deserve for the important role they play working for organisations in the built environment and providing a valuable link to the media and their readers.
Harriett Hindmarsh, chairman of IBP and Global Head of Marketing and Communications for AECOM

Entry to the Awards is now open and can be completed online by visiting

*Additional Judges to be announced.

For further details or comment, contact Gerald Bowey, CEO, IBP, on DD: 020 7832 6457.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).