Welcome to the brand new RCI Pitched Roofing Awards

As the only awards scheme that focuses on the pitched roofing sector, the Pitched Roofing Awards, which is brought to you by the publisher of RCI magazine and the RCI Show, reflects the unique and vibrant nature of this dynamic sector, and shines a spotlight on the outstanding projects and people who operate within the industry. 

From innovative product design and materials used on a project, to the complexity of the installation, roofing contractors and manufacturers are being encouraged to enter projects for the Pitched Roofing Awards.

Whatever the size of the company or scale of the project, the awards are open to companies across all aspects of the sector to have their achievements held up as an example to the industry. 

Nominations for the Pitched Roofing Awards are now open and can be submitted online here.

The deadline for entries has been extended to 21st September, 2018, but don’t delay! Start working on your nomination now, to ensure you can stand up and be counted among your peers.

The awards lunch is being held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 30th November, and we hope to see you there!

We can’t wait to receive your entries – good luck, everyone, from the Pitched Roofing Awards team.

Nichola Farrugia
RCI Magazine



Award Categories 2018

The Ceremony

Details for the Gala Lunch

On Friday 30th November 2018, we will be hosting the inaugural Pitched Roofing Awards at The Midland Hotel, located in the heart of Manchester's city centre. This award winning venue is just across the road from Manchester Central and only 800m away from Manchester Piccadily station.

The impressive building stands proud in the heart of Manchester's city centre, and over the course of its 100 year history, the hotel has played host to kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and rock stars.

Dress code: Business attire

Time table:
11:30 Drinks reception
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Awards ceremony commences
15:30 Final drinks
16:30 Carriages

Table of 10 £1,900
Large Table for 12 (very limited) £2,280
Individual seat £265

The ticket price includes drinks reception, 3-course lunch and half a bottle of wine per person.

There will be a cash bar in operation throughout the event for additional drinks.

To book your place at the award lunch, click here!

Prices quoted exclude VAT


The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS, UK

How to sponsor the awards

The new RCI Pitched Roofing Awards is a unique event tailored to acknowledge and reward excellence for all those working within this dynamic sector. Never before has the industry had the opportunity to be a part of a niche awards ceremony which identifies all external products associated within the pitched roofing sector. The awards categories are open to all manufactures and their contractors so no matter how big or small the project is we would like to receive your entry to be carefully analysed by our panel of expert judges and be in contention to win an award for one of our 17 categories.

Award ceremonies create a fantastic buzz, pre, during and post event and as such provide manufactures an excellent opportunity to obtain kudos amongst their peers by partaking in one of our comprehensive sponsorship packages available, these packages provide a detailed marketing programme in the run up to the event, brand awareness during the day, and even after the awards within our post event feature which will announce all the winners and sponsors within the December issue of RCI magazine.

The Pitched Roofing Awards is truly something our industry can and will be proud so if you would like to be a part of this specialised event please contact Tony Brown for sponsorship opportunities.

Contact: Tony Brown on 01322 221144 or tony.brown@markallengroup.com 


Meet the judges

The role of the judge:
The judging process for the Pitched Roofing Awards 2018 will rely on the expertise of an impartial panel of industry experts, whose background and experience cover the full spectrum of the pitched roofing sector to ensure that the judging process is objective and fair.

How will the judging process work?
The judges will assess all the relevant submissions and support material submitted via the Pitched Roofing Awards website. They will then submit their shortlist of entries in each category to the non-voting chair, RCI’s editor, Nichola Farrugia.

The second stage will involve a final meeting with the judges, which will take place in October in London. Here, the judges will discuss and debate the merits of each entry based on the criteria listed for each category and will allocate points to their winning entry.

In the case of scores being equal, the judges will discuss tied entries once more and if no decision can be reached, the chair will then cast her vote.

Please note that RCI magazine and the panel of awards judges will not enter into any discussion regarding individual entries and/or awards winners. The judging process is strictly confidential to ensure that the judging process is fair.

Dusty Gedge

Dusty is a green infrastructure consultant working in London, UK and Europe. He is the current current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and founder of Livingroofs.org, Though he has a particular interest in biodiversity and urban nature, his work in the built environment is focused on climate resilience and the promotion of greener cities through multi-functional green infrastructure. Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs and urban green infrastructure. He has worked on GI Projects in the UK for the last 20 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects especially in London through his consultancy firm Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC]. He has also a published author and has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on green roofs and green infrastructure. He has also been a TV presenter, and a recognized on speaker at conferences and events around the world

John Mercer, Consultant

John Mercer has more than 40 years’ experience in pitched roofing. In 1985, he joined Sandtoft Roof Tiles as a sales representative, and in 1992, he started the company’s technical department, which enabled him to develop detailed knowledge of the use of roofing materials and systems, together with all relevant standards and building regulations. This included designing and writing specifications for complete roofing systems. He has also designed many roofing accessory products and systems in that time. Most recently, John worked with a software developer to produce online technical tools for estimating, roof tile fixing calculating and specification writing. For the last 24 years, John has been a member of several industry committees and expert groups, responsible for writing and revising British and European roofing standards. He was also chairman of the Roof Tile Association Technical Committee for eight years until 2017. In May this year, John left his employment to become an independent consultant.

Nigel Pittman

Nigel has worked in construction industry marketing for nearly 40 years, 30 of which were as a marketing director / manager and the last 10 with his own PR agency. Throughout his career, work and clients have focussed heavily on both pitched and flat roofing. This has enabled him to manage major product launch and advertising campaigns and, more recently, to write articles of a technical and commercial nature.

Philip Fergusson, NCTS

For over 30 years, Philip has been a key player in the UK roofing sector. His career has seen him achieve huge success, first as commercial director at Asphaltic Roofing Supplies, and later as commercial director of SIG’s roofing division. Philip has gone on to set up vital supply chains in the Middle East as vice president of Fosroc, president of JMH Merlin, and more recently he returned to the UK to grow and expand the business for SSQ Natural Slates through his sales director role. As a passionate advocate for growing and developing skills within the roofing industry, Philip is now committed to using his experience and career knowledge of roofing and products to give something back to the construction industry. In October 2017, he set up National Construction Training Services, a training academy dedicated to improving and educating roofers across the UK.

Contact Us

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Tony Brown

Sales Director


01322 221144

Events Team


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Nichola Farrugia



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