Over forty years of excellence proves construction is not short on talent

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.

This year the world is different. The journey our finalists have been on is astounding. Although tonight we cannot meet in person, their achievement deserves recognition and our attention. These virtual awards do not diminish our celebration of their skills and talents, but rather give us extra focus, especially at a time when the industry needs positive stories to shout about.

Back in 1978, the Sears Tower in Chicago was the tallest building in the world standing at 442 metres. Now the Burj Khalifa in Dubai stands tallest at 828 metres, almost twice the height. The industry continues to build higher, further, faster and with more complexity than ever before, but the values for what makes a truly expert construction manager are still the same. That sense of pride, the ability to adapt, to meet client and user needs, to lead and to challenge. We can add to those ingredients, resilience, that tenacity to deliver excellence no matter the conditions.

There are plenty of lessons to learn from these finalists and each one of their stories qualifies as CPD for the rest of us. By reaching the CMYA final, those who are not yet Chartered Construction Managers, or Chartered Builders, are now eligible to apply for it without undergoing our professional review. That says something very positive about the stringent standard of our judging and the quality of the people we celebrate this evening. Looking back at those who have previously won the title, history tells us it is a launch pad to even bigger and better personal and company prospects. Tonight, will be a significant springboard for all our finalists in their individual careers and we look forward to seeing what the next chapters will bring.

In tandem with our prestigious Construction Manager of the Year Awards we also celebrate the very best construction professionals at the beginning of their careers through our first ever Rising Star Award. A focus for my year as President is to open up the CIOB for the next generation, and to create platforms from which the emerging talent of our industry can shine. I am delighted that we can acknowledge the hard work and dedication of young professionals at these awards.

Congratulations to all of you and best of luck.

Mark Beard FCIOB
CIOB President 2020/21