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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.

Closing for Entries: Monday 11 April 2022


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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.


Marc Burton MBE FCIOB, Construction Manager of the Year 2021

How to Enter

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

You can enter an entry by registering on our CIOB Awards portal. The entry is comprised of four sections: Your Details, Nominators and Personal Statement, Project Details and the Project Report.

You will be able to save and return to your entry at any stage and we encourage you to take your time going through the entry. You may need to pull together additional information or reports which you may not have immediately to hand.

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

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

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. Click here 🔗 to learn more about our definition of the management of construction.


It's free

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


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 four 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.

Your Details

This is where you register your details.

We will ask you for:

  • Your name
  • Company
  • Job title
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Twitter Handle
  • How you heard about CMYA

You will also be asked to set up a password so you can log back in later to check the status of your entry form.

Nominators & Personal Statement

We will ask you to provide:


  • 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
  • Your personal statement – you have 250 words to talk about your skills, experience and values
Project Details

This is where you will give the details of your project. In this section, you will be asked for details on your project by providing a response to the following questions.

Unless stated, the word limit to each question is 600 words. You will be able to upload supporting documents as required.

In this section, you will talk about the:

  • Name of the project
  • Client
  • Final name of the building
  • Project address
  • Project postcode
  • Outline description of the project
  • Form of contract
  • Tender value and the final value of the contract
  • Start and completion dates in tender, and the actual start and completion dates
Project Report

This 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 word limit is 600 words.

1. Explain your involvement within the pre-contract phase of the project. (600 words)

2. Explain your position within the organisation of the team pre-contract, including your position within the team. Please include tender information if available and an organisation chart. (600 words)

3. Explain how you were involved in the programming of the project inclusive of construction programming? Include examples and construction programmes. (600 words)

4. How did you manage risk, innovation and value engineering? Explain some of the issues and initiatives. Provide examples where applicable. (600 words)

5. How were your relationships with the external project team, including client and consultants? (600 words)

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? (600 words)

7. Did you control the financial elements of the project? (600 words)

8. How did you manage the quality of the project and the practical completion? (600 words)

9. Explain your health, safety and welfare on site, including RIDDOR statistics. (600 words)

10. Did you make any impact on the local area, including sustainability initiatives both onsite and within the local environment? (600 words)

11. Explain the biggest challenge that you faced on the project. (600 words)

12. Why do you feel you should be Construction Manager of the Year? (100 words)

How to Enter

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

Why Enter?

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


Register to receive updates about the awards, including when they are open for new entries for the 2023 competition.

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