Finalist stories

Previous winners

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.

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.

Paul Marlow MCIOB

UNITE Angel Lane, Stratford

Late land purchase delayed Paul Marlow’s already tightly timetabled scheme for a 14-storey complex of 759 student flats by a seemingly disastrous two months. Rather than glumly inform the client – who needed the original completion date to fall in with the start of the academic year – and put in for an extension of time, Paul looked for solutions.