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Construction Manager of the Year’s tribute to departed friends and colleagues

4 January 2021

Construction Manager of the Year Frank Connolly paid tribute to two friends and colleagues – Tony Brown and Chris Wiles – who worked with him but recently passed away. 

Brown, a structural engineer and design manager who worked with Connolly on the Centre Building, died on 29 March 2020 from covid-19. 

“Tony was a key support for me. We worked at Laing O’Rourke and then Mace together and he has been instrumental in everything I have done over the last 12 years,” Connolly said. 

Wiles, who also worked for Mace, suffered a mental health crisis. Despite receiving help and support from his GP, family and employer for anxiety and depression, he took his own life on 24 April 2019, aged just 48.  

Connolly said: “Chris was a super construction manager. He knew everything about concrete and was really diligent. I would just like him and Tony to be remembered.”

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