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Entering CMYA gives you the chance for your skills and abilities to be recognised and can lead to exciting new opportunities. 

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The Best in the Business

Winning an award at CMYA can provide you with a wealth of new opportunities and be a springboard in your career unlike any other. In fact, many of our previous CMYA medal winners have said that the awards have had hugely positive effects on their career, with some of our medal winners going on to build iconic buildings like Canary Wharf and The Shard.

Following CMYA 2018, gold medal winner Matt Crookes wrote a blog re-counting his experience and describing his achievement as “life changing”.

The whole picture

It’s about more than a building

The Construction Manager of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of those who inspire, lead and enable the very best delivery of a project and produce buildings that have a positive impact on those who use them.

Our judges look beyond the building, at the project as a whole. It’s not about being the biggest or most impressive but about the individuals who make these projects possible, and the impacts they deliver.


Why take part?


Meet leaders and other upcoming talent from throughout the built environment

Become Chartered

Once you become a finalist you will be eligible for Chartered Membership of the CIOB


Over 90% of our finalists say being nominated has had a positive impact on their careers

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CMYA costs you nothing to enter, just the time taken to complete your application

Construction Manager of the Year 2019

Joseph McNeil MCIOB

Sir Robert McAlpine was offered this job following the failure two weeks after site start of the more competitively priced contractor that had won the tender. Joseph McNeil, though, took on his first role as project manager without any prior knowledge of the scheme amassed during SRM’s previous bid for it (the tender team had subsequently moved on to other opportunities).

Finalist stories

Previous winners

Neil Lock MCIOB

V&A Museum

Neil Lock’s project to construct a colossal columnless basement gallery in a quality-worshipping museum proved as intense and testing as it was thrilling and inspiring. He overcame the huge technical challenge of excavating a 16 metre deep gallery just two metres away from priceless artefacts in grade I-listed buildings. Neil built a very strong managerial team as well as an excellent relationship with the client and the professionals through insight, hard work, common sense and exceptional communications.


Margaret Conway MCIOB

9 Adelaide, Belfast

Eighteen months to demolish a 10-storey block and construct a 100,000 sqft turnkey office on a city centre site with no-storage restrictions and painfully difficult access (major demolition work, for example, could take place on Sunday only) is quite a challenge. Add to that late design changes, a three-month holdup in getting the contract signed, and a budget that was even tighter than the site, and you get some idea of the scale of Margaret Conway’s achievement in delivering two months early to an excellent standard throughout.

Paul Marlow MCIOB

UNITE Angel Lane, Stratford

Late land purchase delayed Paul Marlow’s already tightly timetabled scheme for a 14-storey complex of 759 student flats by a seemingly disastrous two months. Rather than glumly inform the client – who needed the original completion date to fall in with the start of the academic year – and put in for an extension of time, Paul looked for solutions. Paul's decisions meant that he hit the completion deadline and delivered a building with the wow factor. As a result of this job, the first-time client awarded three further large-scale contracts to McAleer & Rushe.

How to Enter

The Construction Manager of the Year Awards are open to both members and non-members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

Why Enter?

People enter CMYA for all kinds of reasons but being a finalist is about more than just recognition.

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Applications for CMYA 2020 are now closed

Rising Star Award

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