The construction industry’s Oscars now searching an ocean of talent

Big changes afoot with CIOB’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2017

Renowned for rewarding the most talented leaders in construction management, the Construction Manager of the Year Awards is open until 6 March 2017 (is still free to enter) and is now open to a wider range of managers in construction than ever before.

For almost 40 years the competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, has built a reputation for showcasing the very finest talent in construction. The awards are unique in the industry celebrating the person and not the project. And for 2017 not only is the competition open to construction managers who are working in programme management, for consulting firms and for clients, a whole new range of categories has been added.

Jacqueline Balian from the CIOB said: “CMYA recognises the hugely exacting jobs done by managers across the construction industry and the rewards are high, often career-defining.

“Construction managers are used to pressure, creating certainty in an environment that has its fair share of risk. These awards are about recognising the valuable contribution managers in construction make to society. It’s a beacon of excellence and we encourage the industry to get involved, take part and show off.”

Paul Marlow, who works for McAleer & Rushe, became the youngest ever outright winner when he scooped the title in 2016 said: “There is a lot of talented people within our industry putting in a lot of hard work.

“Given the demands of the job, it is not always easy to find the time to give to an awards submission/selection process. However, having been entered in this award for the first time it was most definitely worthwhile and I would urge everyone, particularly younger people within our industry, to enter.”

In an industry that recognises it must work harder to attract a more diverse workforce the CIOB is encouraging entries from the full range of construction professionals working in project and programme management. Further information and how to enter can be found at



About CMYA
These awards recognise the very best people working in our industry today. It’s not about building the biggest, most dramatic or costly building. It’s about how the individual led the team, worked proactively, engaged stakeholders, showed initiative, managed costs, inspired others, managed suppliers and overcame challenges and complications. Successful CMYA nominees are construction managers who have shown an exceptional level of competence in managing a project.

To be eligible for entry, projects must have achieved ‘practical completion’ between 6 March 2016 and 6 March 2017. The competition is open to projects completed in the UK and managers can be either site based or non-site based. The awards, which have been running for almost 40 years are judged by an elite team of senior construction professionals, many of whom are past CMYA gold medal winners. Judges visit every project on the long list and carry out in-depth interviews with each candidate. Because the awards uniquely focus on the competencies and skills of individuals, they provide an annual benchmark of managerial best practice across the construction sector. Many past gold and silver medal winners have gone on to hold senior positions.

More information can be found at

About the CIOB
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction.

We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.

We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.
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