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Client Award

Clients are pivotal to the success of any project. Clients that commission buildings that have a positive impact on end users and the wider society are celebrated with the CIOB Client Award.


How to enter

Why take part


About the CIOB Client Award

Celebrating those who commission the most impactful construction projects

Our Client Award recognises those organisations that have led the commissioning of exemplar construction projects which have, or will have, a positive impact on the users of the built environment and wider society.

Collaborative working, risk management, innovation, the use of digital technologies and a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion are just some of the factors considered by the judges.



CIOB Client Award Winner 2022 - Sheffield Hallam University

Ministry Of Justice, winner of the CIOB Client Award 2024

How to Enter

What you will need to complete your application or make a nomination

To enter, click ‘Enter Now’. Then, select the award that you would like to enter and fill in your details. Once submitted, you will receive an email which will contain a link to your CIOB Awards portal. The portal will contain the form for the award that you have selected to enter.

The client should be a UK-based organisation that has led the commissioning of construction projects. The submitted evidence will be for project(s) procured, in progress, or completed during the period from January – December 2023. The nominated organisation can be a client of a CMYA entrant company (both in this year or previous years). Note: you may nominate your own organisation.


The independent testimonial required must come from someone who is not a client employee but has direct and in-depth knowledge or experience of working with the nominated client e.g. Main Contractor/Architect.

Please see the guidelines below for more information about what the judges will be looking for and tips to help you with your entry.

The submission deadline for this award is 13 September 2024.

The awards

Why take part?

40 years of excellence

Be part of the legacy – For over 40 years we have been recognising exceptional talent in the industry. Enter now and get the chance to boost your career.

Step forward and be recognised

The CIOB Awards recognise construction professionals from every discipline both site-based and non-site-based. Whether you’re looking after an individual project or multiple projects at once. We celebrate more than just a building.


It's free

The CIOB Awards are free to enter. It costs you nothing, just the time taken to complete your application.


Get Noticed

What we’re looking for

The judges will be looking for evidence of best-practice construction project implementation (or planned implementation). For example:


  • Demonstration of working towards longer term contracting in the interest of achieving better value for money
  • Early supply chain involvement to co-develop solutions and implement ways of collaborative working
  • Commitment to fair margins
  • Standardised design, components and interfaces to encourage maximum efficiency
  • Appropriate allocation of risk to those best able to manage it
  • Collaboration across all project teams
  • Driving innovation, such as Modern Methods of Construction, that encapsulate efficient, safe and sustainable outcomes
  • Advancing and embedding the use of Digital Technologies
  • Prompt payment to support a collaborative culture
  • Quality Management processes in action
  • Investment in skills and people regardless of background to support principles of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Outcome-based approach which aims for greater social value

    Entry Information and Details

    Below you will find the information you will be asked to provide as part of your entry. The entry form consists of three sections. You may prepare your answers in advance and submit them at once after you register or work on them over time, making sure you save your progress every time you update the form.

    About the Nominator

    This is where you enter information about the nominator.

    • Nominator’s name
    • Nominator’s contact email address
    • Nominator’s phone number
    About the client

    Enter information about the client. You will also require to upload an image of the candidate.

    • Client’s organisation name
    • Client representative name
    • Client image
    • Client’s email address
    • Client’s phone number
    • Client’s address
    • Type of business
    • Business specialism (if appropriate)
    • Why should this client be considered for this award? (1000 word limit)

    This section is where you will enter a testimony. You will be required to enter:

    • Who the testimony is from
    • Their organisation
    • Their email address
    • Their contact number
    • Independent Testimony (500 word limit)

    Client Award

    Are you ready to step forward?

    The CIOB 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.


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    Can I nominate my own organisation?

    Yes, you may nominate your own organisation for the Client of the Year Award.

    Who can enter the Client Award?

    CIOB Client Award is open to all UK based organisations that have led the commissioning of construction projects. It is free to enter and open to CIOB members and non-members.

    Who is eligible to enter?

    Applications should be relating to project/s procured or in progress, within the timeframe of January to December 2023.

    Who should nominate?

    The independent testimonial must come from someone who is not a client employee but with direct knowledge or experience of working with the client. The nominated organisation can also be a client of a CMYA candidate’s company (past or present).

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