Finalist stories

Previous winners

Joseph McNeil MCIOB

120 Oxford Street

In his first position as project manager, Joseph McNeil brought about the substantial team collaboration required by a scheme that expanded by £3m during the contract period. He delivered the oversight and bigger picture thinking to change the demolition methodology in a building with sensitive neighbours from non-percussive diamond saw cutting to hydraulic crunching, bringing substantial programme and cost benefits. He was also notably successful in managing an incoming tenant’s requirements that conflicted with the specification for the screeding.



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.