TTA Award Winners 2022



Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2022 – David Wilson

Lifetime Achievement – L to R Alberto Echavarría, David Wilson

Shortly before becoming Technical Services Manager at BAL, David was given the opportunity to join the TTA Technical Committee back in 2005.  It was then and still is a great learning experience and privilege for David to have the opportunity to work with fellow technical experts within our industry and to contribute in some small way towards producing the many varied technical papers which detail industry best practice, and provides advice on a wide range of subjects with respect to ceramic tiling. 

Employee of the Year Award Winner 2022 – Stacey Livett, ARDEX UK Ltd. and Building Adhesives Ltd. 

Employee of the Year – L to R Alex McCarthy, Stacey Livett

Following her promotion to UK Head of Customer Services in 2021, Stacey has successfully integrated customer service and order management teams at Building Adhesives Ltd in Stoke-on-Trent and ARDEX UK in Haverhill, while facing major raw materials shortages, COVID restrictions and force majeures. Despite these challenging conditions, she has helped deliver record orders for customers as well as ensuring end-users are supported with technical and product enquiries now fed into a joint team.

Tile Fixer of the Year Award Winner 2022 – Adrian O’Clements 

Tile Fixer of the Year Award L to R Steve Lahera, Luke Stratford, Adrian O’Clements

Through a mix of hard work and training, Adrian O’Clements has refined his skills over the years to become one of the country’s top large format tile fixers. Always with a ‘hands-on’ approach, he relishes the technical challenges involved with large format tiles, and also the satisfaction he gets from delivering an excellent job for his customers. He is now keen to put his commitment to training into practice, working with TTA to help deliver training on tiling techniques.

Highly Commended in Tile Fixer of the Year Award 2022 – Shane Collins 

Highly Commended Tile Fixer of the Year – L to R Steve Lahera, Shane Collins

20 years experience in wall and floor tiling, NVQ level 3, CSCS gold card holder, member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. specialists in large format tile and stone installation. Passionate about our work, exceeding customer expectations and offering innovative design ideas and solutions. Based in the Lake District and Cumbria, operating nationwide.

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year Award Winner 2022 – Alfie Hill

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year Award – L to R Jason Reid, Luke Stratford, Alfie Hill

Alfie joined WB Simpson & Sons (Midlands) Ltd in 2020 as an apprentice tiler, he quickly showed he was a keen and adaptable learner and as a company we have been confident enough in his ability to use Alfie on some of the most prestigious projects we have been working on. He has an excellent attitude towards work, to work colleagues and to clients, showing he has natural ability we are confident he will develop into a highly skilled tiler and Alfie is now also going to represent the industry at SkillBuild this year.

Best Commercial Project (Small) Winner 2022: Montagu Avenue, Newcastle Upon Tyne, W Rodgerson and Sons

Best Commercial Project Award Small – L to R Steve Ball, Craig Scott

Huge help from our suppliers on this project, working closely, especially with Mapei, Genesis, Saint Gobain Weber and Schluter.

Andy Bowden, Genesis – “W Rodgerson & Sons have a long-standing relationship with Genesis. I’ve been indirectly involved in multiple projects, working together to find the best solution for the situation. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their work and professionalism.”

Mark McDonnell, Mapei UK – “I have worked alongside W Rodgerson & Sons for over 20 years now and have a great working relationship with them. They have used Mapei on numerous projects over the years and they always turn out a professional job and are a pleasure to deal with.”

Best Commercial Project (Large) Winner 2022: Center Parcs, Nottinghamshire, The Great Northern Tiling Company

Best Commercial Project Award Large – L to R Brad Saunders, Darren Nockall, Mark Howden

Nominated for ‘Best Commercial Project (Large)’ 2022 is Center Parcs, Nottinghamshire, installation by The Great Northern Tiling Company (GNTC).  The project was a refurb of the sub-tropical swimming paradise, an iconic facility at the site and the centre piece of the family resort.  Its value was £350k and the size was approx. 500m².

Highly Commended in Best Commercial Project (Large) 2022: Three Snow Hill, WB Simpson & Sons (Midlands) Ltd

Highly Commended Best Commercial Project Award Large – L to R Brad Saunders, Anthony Parrott

In central Birmingham Three Snow Hill is an Ultra-Modern 17 storey 38000m2 office building.

Works to Cat A Base Build, landlord fit out and major Cat B fit out for BT Regional Hub were completed respectively by BAM Construction Ltd, ADT Workplace Ltd and Overbury plc.

Being previously involved in ‘One’ and ‘Two Snow Hill’ major works WB Simpsons (Midlands) are proud to have carried tiling works on all three elements of this prestigious development, maintained working relationship throughout each phase completed to the satisfaction of both contractor and client.

Best Heritage Project Winner 2022: Edwardian Tile Restoration, Penylan, Cardiff, Victorian Tiling Wales

Best Heritage Project Award – L to R Mike McCann, Nicholas Puckey

Victorian Tiling Wales, (A division of Pontcanna Tiling Ltd) were tasked with restoring the original hallway for a prominent period property in Penylan, Cardiff. In need of extensive repairs and for the large missing section to the rear to be seamlessly tiled to match. The resulting hallway is one of our most successful restorations to date and has returned the wow factor to the entrance that this property deserves.

Best Domestic Project Winner 2022 – Lytham House, Wakerly House, Hunters Meadow, Pro-Tilers UK Wall & Floor Ltd

Best Domestic Project Award – L to R Tony Barry, Steve Wagstaff

The works carried out on these bathrooms were using various tile sizes ranging from 3200x1600x6mm to 1200x600x10mm porcelain. The steam room area is a favourite of ours as the back story for this is very touching for us and gave us a large challenge. The 3200×1600 bathroom was also challenging as we had an exact amount of tiles and the visuals for this that we had to follow were spot on with no room for any error.

Highly Commended in Best Domestic Project 2022 – Dream Pool Project, Staffordshire, ARDEX UK

Highly Commended Best Domestic Project Award Large – L to R Tony Barry, Rob Faulkner

A stunning swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, massage room and changing rooms were completed in Staffordshire using a full ARDEX fixing solution. The 590m2 project features a spectacular 3D feature wall with cut-in fountains, a metallic mosaic jacuzzi and changing rooms. A very labour intensive project, the contract carried out all the render, screed works, hand built steam room, formed experience showers, massage room and high-end changing room.

Best Innovation Winner 2022 – RAK Ceramics – Klima

Best Innovation Award – L to R Patrick Jenner, Steve Holloway

Klima is a new generation ceramic that, thanks to special materials, is able to absorb and repel heat according to individual needs. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, for flooring or external walls, to achieve maximum comfort with minimum energy impact.

Best Environmental Initiative Winner 2022 – UltraTile

Best Environmental Initiative Award – L to R Ashley Humphries, Jason Reid

UltraTile is nominating the latest achievement of their environmental objectives, as well as their new 3771m² solar energy farm for this year’s ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ award.  We are now using 5000 tonnes of recycled materials in our products.  We own CNG trucks and boast green technology use for 27% of company car vehicles.  What’s more, our carbon footprint has improved by 16%.  Following the installation of a new solar energy farm, our prediction calculations demonstrate that this will result in a power saving reduction of between 12 – 17%, which is 36,000kw per month at least.

Best E-Commerce Website/App Winner 2022 – Topps Tiles

Best E-Commerce Website Award – L to R Alan Pepper, Linda Sleath

A global multi-award-winning website built mobile first, the Topps Tiles website is loaded with innovative tools to help our customers make inspired choices and create beautiful spaces in their home. With a seamless omni-channel journey in mind, both our retail and trade customers benefit from shopping in ways that suit them for the ultimate convenience. The results we’ve seen over the past two years speak for themselves.

Excellence in Marketing 2022 Winner – Schlüter-Systems

Excellence in Marketing Award – L to R Philip Lucas, Lee Rowlands, Sarah Holey

Attending the Offsite Expo in 2021 was our first venture into a relatively unexplored market for us. Making our products easy to understand was the main driver for our stand design, which showcased two working bathroom pods that visitors could explore. Sustainability also played its part with most elements being reused or recycled. Subsequent follow-up meetings with visitors to our stand suggest that we will achieve a return on our investment.

 Highly Commended in Excellence in Marketing 2022 – Verona

Highly Commended Excellence In Marketing Award – L to R Philip Lucas, Katy Black

In 2021, Verona celebrated two decades in the tile industry. From its humble beginnings as a stone distributor to becoming the UK’s leading distributor of tiles, mosaics, outdoor porcelain and flooring, the company chose to mark this special occasion with a comprehensive marketing campaign designed to boost brand awareness and recognise the support of its customers and internal team.

Excellence in Retail Winner 2022 – Creative Stone & Tile

Excellence in Retail Award L to R Sharon Baker, Mark Poland

Creative Stone & Tile is a business founded on a strong creative partnership. Husband and wife team, Paul and Rosie Bryan started their business in 2006 and bring together a range of diverse skills and talents.

Creative Stone & Tile showcase a tile collection that truly has to be seen to be appreciated. Coupled with their two-storey showroom, architectural design space, expert industry knowledge and unique customer service; you will feel truly inspired and hand-held in this cutting-edge retail environment.

Excellence in Supply & Services 2022 – Pro Tiler Tools 

Excellence in Supply and Services Award L to R Nicolle Mullarkey, Sam Bucknall

The business model the family-run business use has ensured the company has grown tenfold over the last five years.

Wall Tile of the Year Winner 2022: Craven Dunnill Group – Burleigh Calico Collection

Wall Tile of the Year Award L to R Will Dolling, David Talbot

In a unique collaboration Craven Dunnill Jackfield partnered with Burleigh to reimagine their revered Calico pattern in pressed and cast wall tiles to create walls with a piece of ceramic history in any residential or commercial space. These are products that are designed and handmade in the UK, showcasing the very best of British design.

The iconic Burleigh Calico pattern is the perfect expression of our traditional tile production methods. Our ceramic patterning experts have faithfully recreated stunning 3-dimensional floral decors in seven colour glazes with a deeply unique stained-glass appearance.

Floor Tile of the Year Winner 2022 – Nicholls & Clarke Ltd. – The Lavish Collection

Floor Tile of the Year Award – L to R Steven Rooney, Mark Williams

The Lavish Collection of marble effect floor and wall tiles evokes a sense of pure luxury by blending elegant Italian style with low maintenance practicality.

These large format tiles feature rich veining, which adds energy, dynamism and interest to the organic design, while the gorgeous colours draw from the artistry of nature. In shades of on-trend green or blue, plus a choice of rich earthy hues, this sumptuous collection epitomises captivating glamour and aspirational living.

Excellence in Tile Contracting Winner 2022 – Stortford Tiling & Marble Ltd

Excellence in Tile Contracting Award – L to R Tim Tatlock, Cameron Barker, Terry Croft

Stortford Tiling & Marble have established a very strong portfolio of regular clients, where they are, to many, their preferred contractor. This, alongside the trust and relationships they have built with their supply chain enables them to provide the prompt and competitive tender submissions that are expected.  

Due to an increased demand for stone fabrication, Stortford Tiling has invested heavily in their stone workshop with great results. This has not only been a success for them but is now a great asset to the business and has proven to be a worthwhile investment. Stortford Tiling has always offered stone installation services, however, now with their own skilled masons we are able to provide the full package.