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Sir Ian Dixon was CIOB’s President from 1989 to 1990 and head of Willmott Dixon. He was an enthusiastic supporter of innovation and education within the industry. The scholarship was established in 1997. It is funded and supported by the Sir Ian Dixon Legacy, The Chartered Institute of Building and The Worshipful Company of Constructors Charitable Trust.

The successful scholar will continue to work during the 2 year programme, carrying out a research project which will benefit the scholar, their company and the industry. The specific subject of the research will be proposed by the applicant, addressing topical challenges and opportunities facing our industry. This could relate to any discipline or area of construction including legal, technical or management practices. It could be a new project or extend existing work of the scholar or employer to increase its value to a wider audience in industry.

The next Programme will begin in March 2022, with a call for applications closing 28th February 2022. If you are interested in applying, please download the brochure and application form.


Having obtained a master’s degree in Structural Engineering Claire is now a Chief Engineer for Sir Robert McAlpine and responsible for delivery of the external works on the Battersea phase 3A development. Her experience and responsibility have grown over the last decade, working on several multi-million projects, and spent some of her early career working in Australia.  Claire was the Winner of NAWIC- National Association of Women in Construction Award 2012, award title: “Outstanding Contribution to Women in Construction” and works to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) subjects within schools. She is also a volunteer for Age UK.

Having completed a foundation year in engineering Jamie then completed several work experience jobs in the UK and abroad and also short contract onsite roles. His current role as an Apprentice Building Services Engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine, based at a £500m Victoria Park (residential tower, hotel, and car park) development in Manchester. His responsibilities include managing the installation of site wide gullies which has a value of £5 million and the M&E side of site wide external hard landscaping which has a value of £100 million. Jamie is currently studying for a 4-year Batchelor of Engineering, 1 day per week at London South Bank University and this scholarship project could contribute to this qualification.

View Report

Jamie’s Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship Presentation Evening

Jamie’s Constructor’s Couch Interview


“Creating value through contractor design in large scale infrastructure projects”


Eugene’s Report

“How can temporary towns and architecture provide a place of architectural quality whilst temporarily being on a site?”


Mackenzie’s Report 

“The UK’s Forgotten Youth”


“Additive Manufacture: Structural Freedom and Architectural Complexity”


“Increasing Primary School Places in London and the South ”


“Construction as a career choice for Young People”


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