It’s a long way from becoming a joiner on the Youth Training Scheme (YTS) to being named Construction Manager of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), but Neil Matthias has climbed the career ladder with relentless passion.
Commenting on his award, Matthias said: “I live and dream construction. I have worked in the industry since school, having started out as an YTS joiner with Shepherd, and working my way up to become a project manager.”
This year’s competition included more than 120 finalists and was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday.
Matthias works for Shepherd Construction and the award for his outstanding work on the £44.5M development of Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf Course and Spa in Hurworth on Tees, Darlington.
This incredibly complex project over a 142ha site involved the sensitive restoration of a Grade II listed Old Hall that had lain derelict for several years, and many new-build elements which had to blend in with the existing structures. The project included a golf course with accompanying facilities designed to meet championship standards.
CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe said: “When partnering goes well, it can work magnificently. Neil treated the entire workforce as equals in a tour-de-force example of collaboration. The rewards of his whole-team approach included innovation, quality, and savings.
“Through constant questioning of details and creative thought, he delivered excellence. By winning our Construction Manager of the Year Award 2010 that high regard has been shared by his peers in the industry, and he now joins a very select few to have won such great acclaim.”