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Construction manager shortlisted for top award

Morgan Sindall project manager Justin Kay has been shortlisted at the Chartered Institute of Building’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards for his work building an innovative school on stilts in Lower Crumpsall, Manchester.

Justin, 32, from Edgworth, Bolton, will join a host of finalists on 14 October to compete for the title within the New Build / Refurbishment Projects Over £8 million to £14 million category.

The accolade recognises his achievements in managing the construction of the £9 million Irk Valley Community School for Manchester City Council.

“It is a great honour to be shortlisted in these awards,” says Justin. “I thoroughly enjoyed working on such a unique project and presenting pupils with a fantastic new learning environment. It was a pleasure to work for Manchester City Council on this project.”

Working with Robinson Architects, Morgan Sindall created an eco-friendly school thought to be the first in the country to be built on stilts. The specialist design was adopted to eliminate a one-in-100-year risk of flooding from the nearby River Irk. The school now stands on a system of stilts ranging from 0.6m at the front to 1.5m at the back.

Screen and stage star Denise Van Outen will host the Construction Manager of the Year Awards ceremony, which is due to be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.