Paul has been recognised for his exceptional standard of work on the £28m Hadrian’s Tower project in Newcastle, now the tallest tower in the city.
“I couldn’t think of a project manager more deserving of this title,” said David Thompson, regional director for Tolent.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Paul for many years and his technical abilities, the positive attitude he brings to the role and his exceptional management skills are second to none.
“Hadrian’s Tower was a challenging development that brought out the best in Paul; balancing design quality and value throughout the project, adapting to complex changes during the build including a late request to add an additional floor to the tower and managing a constrained, city centre site where the building took up circa 90% of the overall space were just some of the highlights.”
Reflecting on his near 40-year career and finalist position, Paul commented: “I have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to be involved in some fantastic developments but to have been project lead on the tallest tower in my native city surpasses all of the others.
“It was the perfect opportunity to share my experience with many others including my site team and all the stakeholders involved. Despite the rollercoaster ride due to the global pandemic, I can look back and feel honoured to know that my team and I triumphed in completing an amazing building.”
David Person, managing partner at Elliott Associates, said: “Whilst Tolent had a very professional and proactive commercial team working on the Hadrian’s Tower project, Paul was involved with every decision and client change to ensure that not only could the client afford the changes but importantly that they were deliverable.
“At every stage, Paul was able to clearly articulate the programme implications of every decision/change that the client would make which was invaluable to us as the contract administrator.”
Focusing on people rather than projects CMYA, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, offers a unique chance for managers in construction to compare themselves with their peers. It is the gold standard of award accolades. The competition has been running for more than 40 years. It is open to all site-based and programme managers, whether they are CIOB members or not
Caroline Gumble Chief Executive of the CIOB said: "Our CMYA competition seeks out the very best of leadership and talent in our sector so my congratulations to everyone who’s made it to the finalists list this year. These awards are a barometer for the management talent in our sector and those who have reached the final are an example of excellence in construction. We applaud them and their professionalism.”
Finalists in this year’s final represent billions of pounds of built assets. Each category has a Gold and Silver medal winner, the overall winner, Construction Manager of the Year, is chosen from the Gold Medallists.
Medallists and the overall winner will be crowned at an awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 29 September 2021.
Further information about the awards is available at www.cmya.co.uk