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 CIOB Awards 2023
The awards have a long history for celebrating excellence in construction. They were set to take place on 4 October 2023, but with a shortage of entries across all categories, due to the challenging environment the industry finds itself in, we have made this move to uphold the standards we are famous for, and to ensure that those who have entered receive the recognition they rightly deserve.
We know this news will be disappointing for many of you. But we are excited to hold these awards in Spring 2024, giving the industry more time to take part and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the people who make construction great.
Those who have already entered are being contacted and will have their entry automatically included in the Spring 2024 judging process. If you are working on a project, in a team or know someone who is doing amazing things in this industry we are open for entry now until 31 August 2023 with full details available at: https://awards.ciob.org.
 CIOB Awards 2022
Around 600 guests gathered at the Grosvenor Hotel, where awards were presented to more than 20 individuals and organisations responsible for some of the most challenging construction projects ranging from new schools, leisure centres, offices and homes.
For the first time awards were also given specifically for sustainability and equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), reflecting two of the biggest challenges currently faced by the construction industry. The most coveted award of the night, Construction Manager of the Year, was presented to Joe O’Connell for his work on Exeter’s St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre.
Joe was chosen following his management of the £44m project, which opened in April this year and was the first ultra-low carbon leisure centre in the UK. Its design means its energy costs are around 70 per cent less than a more traditional leisure centre. The CIOB judges singled out Joe for his management of the large-scale project in a challenging city centre location. He, and all the other winners, were presented with their awards by TV and radio presenter, Anita Rani.
Joe said: “It’s a privilege to have been shortlisted for the award, let alone winning it, and it’s all very unexpected. To have your professionalism recognised by other professionals from within your industry means a great deal and an award from CIOB is something to be really proud of.”
The other winners were:
- Rising Star – Sophie Leake
- EDI individual – Rebecca Lovelace
- EDI company – St Mowden
- Client Award – Sheffield Hallam Uni
- Sustainability – Caron Johnson
- Team Award - Kier
- CMYA Healthcare Gold – Daryl Parker
- CMYA Healthcare Silver – Matt Davies
- CMYA Higher Education Gold – Christopher Purchase
- CMYA Higher Education Silver – Matthew Friedmann
- CMYA Junior/Primary School Gold – Amy Griffiths
- CMYA Junior/Primary School Silver – Adrian Mills
- CMYA Office Gold – Connor O’Keeffe
- CMYA Office Silver – John McCarthy
- CMYA Public and Leisure Gold – Joe O’Connell
- CMYA Public and Leisure Silver – Colin Tilley
- CMYA Refurb and Restoration Gold – Bill Taylor
- CMYA Refurb and Restoration Silver – Francisco Javier Fernandez Nuevo
- CMYA Residential and Accommodation Gold – Stephen Pedro
- CMYA Residential and Accommodation Silver – Kevin Larkin
- CMYA Secondary Schools Gold – Ed Dwight
- CMYA Secondary Schools Silver – Mark Turner
The CIOB Awards, formerly the Construction Manager of the Year Awards, first started in 1978 and celebrate the individuals behind construction projects of all sizes including residential buildings as well as those used for education, business, healthcare and leisure. They have provided a springboard for many careers with winners having gone on to work on iconic landmarks like Canary Wharf and The Shard.
Caroline Gumble, CEO at CIOB, said: “The range of talent on display at this year’s awards has been truly inspirational and it’s wonderful to see so many examples of leadership and a focus on delivering a high-quality built environment. Our congratulations go to all our winners who are making a difference to others within the built environment sector and the communities they build for.”
 Award categories
Of all the CIOB Awards, the 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 the 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, the 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, finalists are able to demonstrate how they used their skills to overcome these and succeed.
 Rising star
Highlighting the best new talent across the globe, the International Rising Star Award considers entries from individuals that have been in the construction industry for 5 years or less and have demonstrated excellence in their work, the industry and amongst their peers. Rising stars stand out from the crowd and make a real impact on their project, employer, team and the industry as a whole. The stringent judging panel takes all areas of the application into consideration to decide on the International Rising Star. The award has been running for three years.
Every year CIOB members, fellows and finalists say the same thing…‘It was a team effort’. The CIOB Team Award celebrates the collaboration and combined efforts of groups of people working together to meet a combined goal. Teams can be any group of 3 or more persons working within the built environment within a single organisational entity. This award was introduced in 20221.
 Sustainability award
An increasingly important aspect of the construction industry and the role of professionals within it this award will do exactly as it says and recognise those who are striving to be part of the solution.
 Equality, diversity and inclusion awards
In recent years, there has been a visible and much-needed shift within construction towards better awareness and acceptance of the benefits that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) provide in the workplace and wider society. The built environment is for everyone. The more diverse and inclusive the industry can become, the more it will serve the needs of our communities, hence this new award has been introduced.
Both a company and an individual will receive an EDI Award. CIOB are looking for a company that recognises the importance of diversity in the workplace and creates an inclusive environment in which all employees feel valued and can thrive. The individual winner of this award could be an individual who’s acted as a senior role model, inspiring others to follow or overcome personal barriers to excel in their career, or they may have provided a passion for ensuring that all colleagues and members of the wider public feel valued and respected.
The Client Award recognises organisations that have led the commissioning of construction projects. It celebrates the impact which those commissioning projects have had or will have on improving the lives of all those who interact with the built environment. Collaborative working, risk management, embracing the use of digital technologies and promoting equal opportunities are just some of the factors considered by the judges.
This article is based on the CIOB article "Achievements of construction managers recognised at CIOB Awards" dated September 29 and 'CIOB’s 44th annual awards will be even bigger and better' dated April 21 as well as text and information provided on the CIOB awards website.
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