Winner – Declan Doherty, Employer Farrans (ELAM Project)
Runner up – Trevor Anderson, Employer Kier Construction (Cathedral Primary School Project)
As with the collaboration award, this looks to reward merit across the whole field of the public sector construction industry. In this instance it involves the tenacity and collaborative working required by a construction site manager to achieve the delivery of a successful scheme. The panel want to recognise two particular high performing individuals who helped make the construction phase of their projects a pleasure rather than a chore.
Declan Doherty – Farrans for his work on delivering East London Arts & Music School, London
Our Winner in this category worked on the delivery of a Free School, placed on a postage stamp, difficult to access, contaminated site adjacent to a TfL tube line in East London and the A12 arterial road. Who, when an unknown service route was discovered as the piling rig arrived on site, managed the redesign of the foundations in 3 days to minimise impact on programme. Innovative construction methods were used to maximise the built area on site and minimise tricky deliveries. The CIOB have also recently recognised the efforts on the delivery of this scheme. This year’s site manager of the year award goes to a gentleman who went the extra mile, who initiated collaborative conversations with suppliers to deliver the best possible outcome, and who maintained great working relationships with Client, End User and project team.
Trevor Anderson (formerly Kier Construction) for his work on delivering the Cathedral Primary School in Bristol
Our runner up worked on a Free School conversion project in Bristol where, during the judges site visit, it was clear a particularly successful collaborative client and contractor relationship had been formed to overcome the many remarkable obstacles and issues they faced. (planning process, Grade I listing, live site constraints etc. ) The Site Manager faced many challenges with pragmatic solutions. As an example the construction team’s patience and dedication revealed the library’s long forgotten glass block lens floor, buried under layers of bitumen (daily application of paint remover for weeks and hand scrubbing) which now provides top light to the school assembly hall below has brought the original library’s design vision back to life and brought light into the ‘heart’ of the school below. The effort made on this project was made all the more special by it being the Site Manager’s last project before retiring for a well earned rest!