David Bolton named Irish Construction Manager of the Year

Irish Construction Manager
The winning Altnagelvin Acute Hospital North Wing project

David Bolton from Farrans Construction has won Irish Construction Manager of the Year at the CIOB Awards Ireland 2022. The awards are sponsored by Maor Scaffolding and Jan Janssens & Co.

Bolton took the gold prize in the Healthcare category. He then won overall for his work on the Altnagelvin Acute Hospital North Wing in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The £42m facility, for the Western Health & Social Care Trust, is a new entrance block and three-storey ward block. It comprises six wards with 144 adult single-bed rooms, isolation rooms, a renal dialysis suite, basement plant rooms and service tunnels. It was delivered during the peak of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

Covid-19 facilities

Following a request from the trust, to protect against a potential surge, Bolton fast-tracked three wards for Covid-19 facilities. These were handed over eight weeks earlier than programmed.

CIOB Awards Ireland judges were impressed with Bolton’s passion, dedication and expertise. Bolton completed the complex project to a high quality of finish and workmanship on a live campus while complying with all health and safety requirements in a demanding environment.

David Bolton with his award at CIOB Awards Ireland (Photograph: Paul Sherwood)

He displayed skills in site organisation and layout, construction planning, teamwork, supply chain management, communication, leadership and coordination, while ensuring architectural and technical requirements were fully realised.

Other winners were Owen Stynes of Walls Construction, taking the gold prize in the Commercial category for Dublin Landings Blocks 3, 4 and 5. And BAM’s Tadhg Kelly MCIOB won the silver prize in the same category for Dublin Airport’s control tower building.

Silver prize

Pat O’Neill of Duggan Brothers took the silver prize in Healthcare for the Aberdeen Building at Peamount Healthcare.

Woodvale Construction dominated the Community category with Robert Ewing FCIOB taking gold for his work on the NDFA Schools Bundle 5, and Paul Devine MCIOB winning silver for the St Mary’s Parish Lavey project.

The CIOB would like to thank the CIOB Awards Ireland sponsors for their support. Maor Scaffolding; Jan Janssens & Co; PJ Personnel; Arc Engineering; GDC Construction Services; Kilsaran; CITB NI; CIF; and Leonard Engineering.

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