ACR AwardshomeUK: Two of the industry’s top names were amongst the big winners at last night’s National Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Awards at the deceptively ornate Birmingham Town Hall.

Graeme Fox, who recently stepped down after four years as president of AREA, received the special ACR Champions Award presented to honour the memory of the late Phil Creaney, former editor of ACR Today magazine.

Kelvin Kelly

Kelvin Kelly of Business Edge (left) with Neil Afram of category sponsor Space Airconditioning

Joining him with two awards and a highly commended was refrigeration and air conditioning consultancy Steve Gill Associates. Steve Gill, who is making a habit of picking up awards for his efforts, added the award for Environmental Champion to his expected success at being named Top Consultant. An unprecedented hat-trick of awards was only prevented by air conditioning manufacturer Samsung who beat him into a highly commended position for Best Marketing Campaign.

In other awards, recently in the news Space Engineering took the title of Top Contractor, edging out Reigate-based Borahurst, winner of the same category at the ACR News Awards in February.

The full list of winners:

Best Retail Project
Carter Synergy for its work with Walgreens, Chicago

Best Commercial Project
Klima-Therm for its development of virtual power plants

Steve Gill adds awards for Top Consultant and Environmental Champion at the NACRA Awards to recent successes at the ACR News Awards and the international Stevie Awards

Steve Gill adds awards for Top Consultant and Environmental Champion at the NACRA Awards to recent successes at the ACR News Awards and the international Stevie Awards

Top Contractor
Space Engineering Services

Air Conditioning Product of the Year
Carrier Air Conditioning

Refrigeration Product of the Year
Arctic Circle

Best Marketing Campaign
Samsung

Environmental Champion
Steve Gill Associates

Best Training Provider
Business Edge

Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year
UR Refrigeration Wholesale

Top Consultant or Specifier
Steve Gill Associates

Phil Creaney’s ACR Champion
Graeme Fox