Recognition for women in the construction industry at Hampshire County Council

The County Council is celebrating the determination and skill of two outstanding members of staff; Beatrix Kovacs, who was shortlisted for ‘Architect of the Year’ and Mia Holdaway who was shortlisted for ‘Best Apprentice/New Starter’ at the 2015 Women in Construction Awards.

The Women in Construction awards showcase the brightest and the best female achievers in the construction industry.

Hampshire County Council was the only public sector organisation represented in this year’s shortlist.

Architect Beatrix Kovacs has developed into an exceptional role model for younger female colleagues entering into the construction industry.

She has managed to balance a demanding job designing new school buildings and extensions with mentoring her staff, and voluntary work which includes designing, planning and fundraising for a Nepalese school.

A member of her team observed that ‘Beatrix has a thorough understanding of construction which she uses effectively to negotiate solutions with the contractor and overcome any prejudice that may be experienced on site.

Beatrix uses her experience of private and public practice, together with her experience of construction industry alternatives, to challenge processes to achieve better outcomes.’

Trainee Building Surveyor Mia Holdaway currently works on a number of projects in different parts of the county, with unique features, such as in the New Forest National Park and on the Isle of Wight.

Mia Holdaway
Mia Holdaway

The Awards have recognised how Mia has learnt a variety of new skills and quickly adapted from the school environment, and how she has faced a range of challenges but she quietly and calmly overcome them, showing a steely determination to succeed.

Hampshire County Council’s Property Services is a pioneering public service organisation with an established national reputation for design, procurement and asset management.