The Federation of Master Builders

Apprentice Award

Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017. Kieran, who works as a self-employed wall and floor tilling specialist in Mayobridge, was selected as the national champion for his tireless professionalism, high standard of workmanship and positive attitude towards his studies. He has already impressed his peers, having competed and won gold medals at SkillBuild Northern Ireland 2015 and WorldSkills UK 2015.

Apprentice award winner - Kieran Magee

He stood out from the competition due to his strong commitment to personal development, progression within his chosen trade and dedication to his clients. As well as being self-employed, running a successful business and preparing for national competitions outside of working hours, Kieran is up at the crack of dawn to help out on his family’s dairy farm.

Kieran was nominated for the award by his CITB representative David Cooper, who sees Kieran as a shining example for the apprenticeship programme, explaining “Kieran is another of the highly skilled and motivated apprentice wall and floor tilers to emerge from Southern Regional College. His achievements are commendable and are worthy of recognition as among the best in the UK. His vocational ability, alongside his obvious work ethic are attributes that will pay dividends for Kieran in the future. His membership of the UK squad and his progression towards team selection for World Skills 2017 is a reflection of his potential to represent the UK at the highest level in vocational competitions.”

The FMB believes firmly in supporting businesses that invest in the future workforce by taking on and training apprentices, and Kieran is a shining example of the benefits of investing in young builders and tradespeople. His attitude and tireless efforts matched with good humour make him a very worthy winner of the Apprentice 2017 title.

Overall winner - Master Builder Awards 2017

Congratulations to John Dynes & Son, worthy winner of the 13th Master Builder Awards.

Small Renovation Project

True Build Director, Paul Dempsey regards this Edinburgh build as "the most challenging project yet".

Large Renovation Project & Heritage Project

Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd has secured the titles for work on a prestigious listed property surrounded by amazing gardens.

Energy Efficient Project

Northern Irish builder Setanta Construction Ltd has picked up the national Energy Efficient Project title for a passive modern farmhouse.

Builders Merchant Award

The judges were impressed by the company’s culture, both as a place to work and to do business with.

Heavenly Builder

I personally cannot thank him enough and hope this nomination goes some way to provide the recognition he is due as a 'Heavenly Builder'.

Commercial Project

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd, relished the challenge of pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title.

Apprentice Award

Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017.

Kitchen or Bathroom Project

This smart and thoughtful move has secured Project One Installations the national award for best Kitchen or Bathroom Project.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The new Lifetime Achievement category is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry.

Categories and Sponsors

Master Builder Awards 2017 categories and sponsors.


The Master Builder Awards Winner 2017 (builder) will win a Vauxhall LCV worth up to £20,000.

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