Youth won the day at the Building Manager of the Year Awards as a 36-year-old Mace project manager walked off with the overall prize.

Ian Eggers, who is managing the construction of the Foster and Partners-designed Greater London Authority headquarters, beat off more than 80 competitors in the Chartered Institute of Building’s awards to become building manager of the year.

Eggers also won gold in the category for building managers on schemes worth more than £17m.

He won the award for the management of a £28m Michael Wilford and Partners-designed residential scheme in central London at 5-7 Carlton Gardens. Benchmark, the project client, described Eggers as “magnificent”.

In a statement to the judges it said: “His guile, personality and management skills assisted us in our most successful project to date.”

Other winners at Tuesday’s ceremony at the London Hilton in Park Lane included Neil Crutchley of Simons Construction. Crutchley was named building manager of the year for projects worth £3-17m for the construction of a £15m tensioned fabric pavilion for Butlins in Skegness.

For projects under £3m, Mark Kelly of Wates Construction came in first for his performance on the £1.7m extension to Manor Hospital in Walsall.

The BT Millennium Award for Innovation went to Ian Crockford of Mace, project manager on the London Eye.

The social housing constructor category was won by Michael Tully of Wimpey Homes for building 371 homes on a brownfield site in Stoke-on-Trent, and Robert Craig of FT Ferguson was named private housing constructor of the year for a 40-house scheme in Bangor, Ulster.

All the awards are featured in full in the October issue of Construction Manager.