Construction Manager of the Year crowned

Grant Prior 2 months ago
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Kier’s Joe O’Connell has been crowned Construction Manager of the Year for his work on Exeter’s St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre.

Construction Manager of the Year Joe O’Connell (centre), with CIOB president Michael Yam (left), and TV presenter Anita Rai
Construction Manager of the Year Joe O’Connell (centre), with CIOB president Michael Yam (left), and TV presenter Anita Rai

He was awarded the accolade at the annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Awards this week.

O’Connell was recognised for his management of the £44m project which opened in April and is the first ultra-low carbon leisure centre in the UK.

He 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.”

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.”

The other winners on the night were:

• Rising Star – Sophie Leake
• EDI individual – Rebecca Lovelace
• EDI company – St Modwen
• 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

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