The project manager responsible for the restoration of one of Eton College’s most iconic buildings has been shortlisted for a prestigious national building award.

Adrian O’Shaughnessy MCIOB, Project Manager at Francis Construction has been nominated for his work in extending and remodelling ‘New Schools’, one of the principal buildings at Eton College.

He has been shortlisted for the Restoration category award, sponsored by Chase de Vere, at the Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2019. These are the Chartered Institute of Building awards and the winners will be announced on September 18 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London.

Adrian has been a Thames Valley based construction manager for 35 years. He was specifically recruited by Francis Construction for the Eton College project.

‘New Schools’ is a late Victorian, Grade 2 Listed, building in the centre of the Eton Conservation Area. It is called ‘New Schools’ because it was the first major building to be built after the original foundation buildings of the college were constructed in the 15th Century.

Mr O’Shaughnessy said: “This was an incredibly challenging project. The exceptional level of detail required while working within a bustling college establishment, within and around listed buildings, while also needing to meet the demands of the educational calendar required enormous focus and meticulous planning.

“The project had everything, detailed restoration of an historic building, a new expertly crafted extension and not to forget a deep civil engineering exercise beneath the adjacent road.

“This has been the greatest achievement in my long career."