C&D Consultancy founder John Woodward has become the first demolition expert to be named Construction Manager of the Year by the Institute of Construction Management (ICM).
John, who is based in the United Kingdom, won the honour – in a field of more than professionals – for his pioneering work on projects in London and Glasgow.
He was also praised for his outstanding role in educating young people about careers in demolition.
“This came as a bit of a shock to me if I’m being honest,” he said.
“But I’m delighted that my industry, which often gets overlooked, has been recognised for the work we do in clearing the way for the future.
“It has been a massive year for the business and one that has seen a number of the projects we’ve been consulting on hit the national headlines.”
“I’m keen to use this award to do even more Primary Future talks to promote and push our sector, showing the future generation of workers that demolition offers great career opportunities.”
John formed C&D Consultancy in 2003 and has seen it become one of the leading demolition specialists in the country, coordinating a host of projects across the UK and Europe every year.
A team of eight advises on initial planning, project management and one-off consultancy, as well as being brought in to turn around crisis jobs.
“We’ve been involved in some really complex projects in the past 18 months, most noticeably the Albert Embankment demolition in London for Berkeley Housing Group, and helping to bring down 15 of Glasgow’s most iconic tower blocks,” added John.
He concluded: “This – combined with securing the Institute for Construction Management’s main prize – takes our reputation to the next level and will hopefully see us pass £1 million (US$1.5 million) turnover by the end of the year.”
John was also a speaker at the recent World Demolition Summit and a member of the judging panel for the World Demolition Awards.