The Chartered Institute of Building has named Fergus Brown as a finalist for the 2021 Construction Manager of the Year Awards, in the category Schools over £20 million.

The good news doesn’t stop there as The CIOB have also named our Belfast Leisure Transformation Project Team as a finalist in the team of the year category.

Commercial Director of Heron Bros., Noel Mullan stated upon the announcement “It is always a great honour to be recognised by the CIOB at their prestigious Construction Manager of the Year Awards, and to be shortlisted for two categories is simply fantastic. We are delighted that both Fergus Brown and The Belfast Leisure Transformation Project Team have reached the final and their success serves to highlight that our people are what makes Heron Bros. Ltd the great company it is today.

Focusing on people rather than projects CMYA, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, offers a unique chance for managers in construction to compare themselves with their peers. It is the gold standard of award accolades. The competition has been running for more than 40 years. It is open to all site-based and programme managers, whether they are CIOB members or not

Caroline Gumble Chief Executive of the CIOB said: “Our CMYA competition seeks out the very best of leadership and talent in our sector so my congratulations to everyone who’s made it to the finalists list this year. These awards are a barometer for the management talent in our sector and those who have reached the final are an example of excellence in construction. We applaud them and their professionalism.”

Finalists in this year’s final represent billions of pounds of built assets.  Each category has a Gold and Silver medal winner, the overall winner, Construction Manager of the Year, is chosen from the Gold Medallists.

‘I am delighted to be named as a finalist in the schools category in the Construction Manager of the Year Awards for the work we completed at ERC Early Years 2020.’ Fergus Brown , Associate Director of Contracts.


Inset: Eaglesham Nursery School – one of the five project framework of the Early Learning Expansion 2020, delivered by Heron Bros.


Fergus was in charge of managing the delivery for Heron Bros. of the Early Learning Expansion 2020, a five-project Framework, for East Renfrewshire Council. The £24m project is part of the Scottish Government’s Schools for the Future investment programme. The Framework delivered state-of-the-art educational facilities for 660 pupil places that improve and enhance early learning provision within East Renfrewshire.


The Team of the Year award, also run by the CIOB, recognises how important teamwork is to the industry. To reach the final those nominated have had to demonstrate a clear vision and purpose for their project, inclusive working practices, an innovative approach to solving unique problems and a mindset that puts the focus on client satisfaction.

Caroline Gumble Chief Executive of the CIOB said: “The CIOB has long been an advocate of collaborative working and supporting partners throughout the supply chain. The importance of our clients and the influence they have on the sector cannot be underestimated. This award celebrates the finest examples of innovation, best practice and teamwork between industry and its clients. My congratulations to the organisations who made it to our Client of the Year shortlist.”

It is a great honour for Heron Bros. to be named in this category and Operations Director, Keith Farren remarked “Being named as a finalist in the Team of the Year category of the CIOB Awards is fantastic recognition for our Belfast Leisure Transformation team.  They delivered a highly successful project due to the great team attributes shown by everyone involved and communication with all stakeholders throughout the project. “

Inset: Andersonstown Leisure centre, one of the leisure facilities delivered by the Heron Bros. Belfast Leisure Transformation Project Team

The Belfast Leisure Transformation Project is a £105 Million investment by Belfast City Council to improve leisure centres, programmes and services. A unique opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of the city, by delivering state of the art facilities that meets the needs of the communities. Heron Bros completed work on three state of the art leisure facilities including, Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, formally known as the Robinson Centre, Brook Leisure Centre and Andersonstown. Each Facility offer a unique selling point which will encourage people to move across the city to use the different facilities. Since then, Heron Bros. have acquired the contracts for Avoniel and Templemore Baths leisure facilities which are also apart of the BLTP.

Medallists and the overall winner will be crowned at an awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 29 September 2021.

Further information about the awards is available at