19th September 2019

Construction Manager of the Year

Project Manager Joseph McNeil beat 80 finalists to be crowned Construction Manager of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) annual celebration of construction professionals.

Huge congratulations to Project Manager Joseph McNeil who beat 80 finalists to be crowned Construction Manager of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) annual celebration of construction professionals last night.  

The coveted Construction Manager of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry. 

Earlier in the evening, Joseph picked up the Gold medal in the “Refurbishment and fit out” category for his work on 120 Oxford Street, London, his very first scheme as Project Manager.

Reacting to his win, Joseph said: “It’s amazing. Now I’m going to be on the Wall of Fame in the corridor next year!

“I want to thank my team and I want to add that the ladies on my table were instrumental in the success of my project; certainly, three of the most influential people on my work are present and I want to thank them.”

Judge Stephen Bradbury said: “This was Joseph's first project as the lead and he demonstrated a maturity of thought and decision making beyond his age or experience. 

“He delivered with passion and took ownership from the start on a tricky scheme in a difficult location. This had many opportunities to go wrong, but the detailed and methodical approach taken by Joseph made sure this was a success – and he delivered to such a high standard that Joseph has subsequently negotiated another project with the same client.”

CIOB chief executive, Caroline Gumble, said: “The Construction Manager of the Year competition has always been about highlighting the best of leadership and talent in our sector. 

"All of the CMYA medallists this year have been incredibly impressive but many congratulations to Joseph McNeil as he really stood out for the judges with a combination of professionalism, brilliant communication skills and dedication. He’s a shining example of a construction manager making a difference not just to a client but also to the local community and, by demonstrating the best of what we as an industry can do, to the wider construction community.”

Photo (from left): CIOB President Professor Charles Egbu with Construction Manager of the Year 2019 Joseph McNeil and the host for the evening Kate Garraway.

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