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-22 Sep. 2021

Construction Manager of the Year Finalists 2021

The shortlist for the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2021 has been confirmed.

A total of 77 of the best construction managers in the UK have been named in the shortlists for 10 categories and Willmott Dixon Interiors are proud to have 3 of our team within the finalists, this includes:

  • Brian Cole: Refurbishment & Restoration under £10m
  • Jocelyn Whittaker-Smith: Refurbishment & Restoration over £10m
  • Chris Linfoot: Refurbishment & Restoration over £10m

On 29th September 2021, the finalists will be revealed and we wish our team the best of luck!

Find out more about the finalists here.

Brian Cole

Senior Building Manager, currently working on Quarry House, Leeds.

Brian Cole’s enthusiasm, knowledge and attention to detail on a challenging refurbishment impressed the client. Rather than sticking to the spec and ploughing on, he solved problems creatively. He pulled overlooked items into the programme to mitigate operational delay for the user and made substantial savings by judicious reconditioning rather than replacement. The success of the relationship is clear from his appointment to fit out a further level of the complex, with negotiations under way for two more.

Chris Linfoot

Senior Operations Manager, currently working on the Old Admirality Building, London.

Chris Linfoot led with calm assurance this complex scheme to turn old-fashioned cellular offices in a listed building into a modern facility. He marshalled the supply chain and professional team with commanding technical knowledge and a detailed understanding of the intricate challenges they faced, and ensured they understood the quality demanded. He reined back the dismaying time and cost consequences of the discovery of asbestos in all the walls and floors through fast action, regular resequencing and smart solutions.

Jocelyn Whittaker-Smith

Construction Manager, currently working at Riverside House, London.


The technical holds no fears for Jocelyn Whittaker-Smith. On this complex cut-and-carve in a live environment with multiple stakeholders, she demonstrated a formidable technical grasp. She merged three different floor levels across three different staircases into one, while simultaneously extending the floor plates and converting outside area into internal floor space. She also aced the tricky challenge of fixing the steel frame and curtain walling to the existing steel structure, which was no longer square.

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