Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe wins Construction Manager of the Year 2017

Margaret Conway of McAleer & Rushe has won both her Gold category medal and the coveted overall ‘Construction Manager of the Year Award’ (CMYA) at the prestigious Awards event held in the Grosvenor House Hotel London. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has been running the awards for 39 years, with Margaret beating 84 finalists and 8 other gold medallists to take the coveted title.

Margaret’s achievement is all the more remarkable because it was her first role as a construction manager, working on the £22m nine storey office block at 9 Adelaide Street in Belfast City Centre which McAleer & Rushe both developed and constructed.

Working with the client Belfast City Council, Margaret delivered considerable cost savings of over £1m by reducing the height of the building and adapting the existing raft foundations for the new superstructure, as well as completing the 80-week project two months early with a clean health and safety record and an Excellent BREEAM rating.

McAleer & Rushe dominated this year’s CMYA picking up two further medals with Michael Yohanis and Paddy Connolly winning Gold and Silver respectively within the Leisure and Retail category. Michael won the Gold medal for his work on the construction of the £20m Adagio Royal Mile hotel in Edinburgh with Paddy winning the silver medal for his work on the £25m Holiday Inn in Manchester.

Margaret’s success which saw her being recognised as the first woman to win the title, follows that of her colleague Paul Marlow who was the youngest ever CMYA winner in 2016 for a £29 million student accommodation project in Stratford, East London.

CIOB President Rebecca Thompson said:

“Margaret is a true inspiration for anyone thinking of entering this exciting and challenging industry. As well as remaining in control of the immense technical and logistical challenges of her day job, her inclusive style has encouraged young people to get involved in construction. Our sector badly needs a more diverse workforce and Margaret shines out as a young leader who is making a genuine difference. We will watch her career with great interest.”

Commenting on the team’s achievements, Martin Magee, Managing Director, McAleer & Rushe said:

“The success of Margaret, Michael and Paddy at this year’s CMYA is truly outstanding. These Awards demonstrate the diversity, inclusivity, commitment and expertise of our employees and our teams and we are immensely proud of their achievements. Investing in our people, developing their experience and nurturing them in their areas of interest and expertise is at the heart of our success and central to our back to back CMYA wins.”

Martin Doherty, Belfast City Council Project Manager added:

“9 Adelaide Street was a challenging scheme in terms of programme, site logistics and budget. Margaret was intuitive to Belfast City Council’s needs, always focused on delivering the scheme on time, whilst never losing sight of the importance of safety or quality. Her ability to communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork set a benchmark for the project.”

Martin Magee concluded:

“For McAleer & Rushe it is very rewarding that over the last number of years our project work across Office, Hotel, Student Accommodation and Residential sectors of the construction industry has received such wide recognition. Indeed, it is no coincidence that our Award winners at the 2017 CMYA have been recognised for their work on projects in Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester. After 50 years in business this shows our growing reach and the talented skill base we have to service it.”