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Construction Manager

of the Year

More than four decades ago our Construction Manager of the Year Awards began its journey to find the very best examples of excellence and professionalism in the industry.


How to enter

Why take part


Construction Manager of the Year

Celebrating the very best examples of excellence and professionalism in the industry.

Of all the CIOB Awards, our Construction Manager of the Year Award (CMYA) is the most prestigious. Since its launch in 1978, the CMYA award has shone a spotlight on the most talented Construction Managers across the UK, and many of our previous winners have gone on to work on iconic landmarks like Canary Wharf and The Shard.

CMYA involves an in-depth judging process, which ensures that the calibre of winners is consistently high. As a result of this, this award has a reputation for identifying the future leaders in the construction industry.

The highly respected accolade of CMYA recognises the hard work of Construction Managers across a wide range of categories such as healthcare, education and residential. Each type of project comes with its own challenges, and by entering CMYA, our finalists are able to demonstrate how they used their skills to overcome these and succeed.


CIOB Construction Manager of the year 2022 - Joe O’Connell MCIOB

Barry Kingscote, Construction Manager of the Year 2024

How to Enter

Celebrating the very best examples of excellence and professionalism in the industry

CMYA is open to both site based and non-site based managers, for projects completed within the UK and Northern Ireland. CIOB members and non-members can enter the competition. Construction managers cover a wide range of specialist services and job roles.

Candidates can enter via the online portal. Click ‘Enter Now’ below to begin. Then, select ‘Construction Manager of the Year’ from the list of awards and fill in your details. The most important part of the entry is the project report – this is formatted as 12 questions which require answering in detail.

Projects need to have achieved practical completion between 1 June 2023 and 30 August 2024.

Please see the guidelines below for more information and tips to help you with this process.

The submission deadline for this award is 13 September 2024.

The awards

Why take part in CMYA?

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

CMYA recognises construction managers from every discipline, both site-based and non-site-based, and 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.


Anyone can apply

Non-members and members can apply for membership.


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 five 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 candidate

This is where you enter the candidate’s details.

We will ask you for:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Candidate’s company name
  • Candidate’s company address
  • Candidate’s company phone number
  • Candidate’s company email address
  • Is the candidate a member of Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)?
  • If yes, what is their membership number?
  • Candidate’s Twitter handle
  • Candidate photo
  • Your personal statement – the candidate has a 2500 characters limit to talk about their skills, experience and values
Nominators and referees

We will ask you to provide in section two and three:


  • Details of your nominator – this person will be your supporter through the process; usually it is your line manager or client
  • Details of your referee – this is usually your client or architect
Project Details

Section four is where you will give the details of your project. You will be able to upload supporting documents and images as required.

You will be asked about the following:

  • Project title
  • Client name
  • Final name of the building
  • Project address
  • Project summary
  • Start and completion dates in tender, and the actual start and completion dates
  • Number of weeks project took
  • Project images – You must include at least one complete project shot and you may also include other images of the project progress. Images must be over 1MB in size
  • Form of contract
  • Tender value and the final value of the contract
  • Final account agreed
Project Report

The last section is where you will formulate your project report by providing a response to a series of questions. The information you provide will allow the judging panel to gain an overall view of the project and your level of responsibility. You will be able to upload your supporting documents and images as separate files. Do include a series of project photographs (preferably labelled) and where possible a reference from your client. You will be asked to answer the following questions, where, apart from question 12, the charater limit is 6000.

Projects need to have achieved practical completion between 19 March 2022 and 17 March 2023.

1. Explain your involvement within the pre-contract phase of the project. (6000 character limit)

2a. Explain your position within the organisation of the team pre-contract, including your position within the team. (6000 character limit)

2b. Upload an organisiation chart.

3a. Explain how you were involved in the programming of the project inclusive of construction programming? (6000 character limit)

3b. Include examples and construction programmes.

4. How did you manage risk, innovation and value engineering? Explain some of the issues and initiatives. Provide examples where applicable. (6000 character limit)

5a. How were your relationships with the external project team, including client and consultants? (6000 character limit)

5b Attach client and/or consultant references. Citations to be attached must include one from the client.

6. Explain the technical difficulties that you came across whilst on the project. Were there any design management processes that were required through the build? (6000 character limit)

7a. Did you control the financial elements of the project? (6000 character limit)

7b. Please include cash flow charts and financial information where possible.

8. How did you manage the quality of the project and the practical completion? (6000 character limit)

9a. Explain your health, safety and welfare on site, including RIDDOR statistics. (6000 character limit)

9b. Attach any RIDDOR statistics.

10. Did you make any impact on the local area, including sustainability initiatives both onsite and within the local environment? (6000 character limit)

11. Explain the biggest challenge that you faced on the project. (6000 character limit)

12. Why do you feel you should be Construction Manager of the Year? (500 character limit)

Construction Manager of the Year

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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Who can enter the Construction Manager of the Year?

CMYA is open to both site based and non-site based managers, for projects completed within the UK and Northern Ireland. CIOB members and non-members can enter the competition. Construction managers cover a wide range of specialist services and job roles.

Who should nominate?

This should be your supporter – usually your manager, director or client or someone who is working in the construction industry and is familiar with you and your project.

Who is eligible to enter?

To be eligible to enter, this year projects must have achieved practical completion between 19 March 2022 and 17 March 2023.

What are the benefits of entering CMYA?
  • Industry recognition for both individual and their company.
  • Non-members can apply for corporate membership.
  • Continuing Professional Development.
  • Free to enter.
  • Career enhancing.
  • Sense of pride for the individual
What are the roles and areas that CIOB’s Construction Manager designation incorporates?

CIOB’s Construction Manager designation incorporates a wide range of roles including but is not restricted to:

  • Architectural Technicians
  • Asset Manager
  • BIM Manager
  • Building Technician
  • Business Development Manager
  • Clerk of Works
  • Client Representative
  • Consultant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Contractor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Commercial Manager
  • Design Manager
  • Estate Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Information Manager
  • Operator
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Site Agent
  • Site Engineer
  • Site Manager


And within the following areas:

  • Building Control
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Building Services
  • Cost
  • Demolition
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Fire
  • Health & Safety
  • Heritage
  • Highways
  • Land
  • Landscape
  • Legislation
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Procurement
  • Programme
  • Property
  • Risk
  • Structure
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation

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The International Rising Star Award celebrates new, exceptional talent in the industry. It awards individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence at the very start of their career in construction.

Team Award

Teamwork is a key component of every project, and with the CIOB Team Award, we recognise the achievements of not just the individuals, but the team as a whole.

Client Award

Clients are a critical component of any project, and clients that promote the production of buildings that have an impact on the wider environment and society are celebrated with the CIOB Client Award.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards seek to recognise both an individual and an organisation that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the promotion of EDI.

Sustainability Award

The CIOB Sustainability Award celebrates those who have made their mark on sustainability within the built environment.