Hull project manager shortlisted for top construction award

A project manager from Hull-based Sewell Construction has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of his positive contribution towards the construction community.

Martin Standley has been chosen as one of the finalists in the Construction Manager of the Year category at this year’s Chartered Institute of Building’s prestigious CIOB Awards. He has been shortlisted following his work project managing the construction of Hull’s brand new Broadacre Primary School.

Martin joined Sewell Construction in 1985, where he served a four year bricklaying apprenticeship, before becoming a Project Manager in 1994 and working on Sewell Construction’s first £10million+ project at Orchard Park Health Centre. Now, his projects have a combined value of around £100million and he has worked on several of Hull’s cutting-edge facilities, such as Thomas Ferens Academy (now known as Sirius Academy North) and the refurbishment of the former Endeavour School (now Hull Trinity House Academy.)

Broadacre Primary School is Hull’s first purpose-built base for young children with autism spectrum condition and aims to create an inclusive learning area that enables the pupils to be able to access mainstream education with the necessary additional support. The new facility includes a base for breakout sessions, additional support and teaching, and a strong focus on inclusivity.

Martin himself championed the involvement of the site staff in social value projects during the build, helping to raise awareness on inclusion and diversity within our team, and even doing further research on autism spectrum conditions in order to broaden his own understanding. It is because of his enthusiasm and passion for this project that he was nominated for the award.

Martin will find out if he has been chosen as the winner at the glittering CIOB Awards ceremony in London in April.

Martin Standley said that his nomination was a testament to the ambition of the whole project team.

“Broadacre School is a landmark development for Hull, and a project that holds great significance for helping children with autism spectrum conditions integrate into mainstream education. The value of this project cannot be understated, and I’m thrilled that Sewell Construction’s hard work and dedication is being acknowledged on a national scale.”

Caroline Gumble, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Buildings, said: “The CIOB Awards has long been a showcase for the very best of leadership and talent in our sector and this year is no different, with more than 80 individuals and companies making the list of finalists. Many congratulations to all our finalists and I look forward to seeing many of them in the spring of next year at our wonderful awards event.”