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Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m): Winner

Winner: Imtech – University for Nottingham Centre of Sustainable Chemistry Building

Imtech’s work on the Nottingham University Centre for Sustainable Chemistry was the clear winner of this year’s Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m).

It was an impressive and unique project, delivered on time and to budget, despite some very significant challenges along the way.

Our judges said this was exactly the kind of project the Specialists Awards are looking for, where a subcontractor is an integral part of the scheme from design, all the way up to delivery of its package of work – in this case, M&E.

In particular, it was clear that Imtech’s designs and plans played a crucial part in winning the job for the project’s main contractor.

The Centre for Sustainable Chemistry Building was filled with innovative solutions driven by Imtech to overcome a number of potential issues.

“This was a very impressive project that came up with fantastic solutions to difficult problems and was delivered on time and to budget despite the fire halfway through”

Judges’ comment

One judge said that the total concept change that saw the windows capture the wind was an “ingenious” solution that made this project stand out and would continue to benefit the building’s performance for years to come.

Another on the panel acknowledged that the firm’s commitment to sustainability on the project was well above industry standard, and the construction of the first carbon-neutral laboratory in the UK represented a tremendous achievement.

On top of this Imtech had to overcome a significant challenge: the project was nearly totally destroyed in a fire when work had already reached an advanced stage.

It isn’t often that contractors come up against unplanned-for events on a scale like this, but Imtech dealt with the situation impeccably, still managing to hit its completion date as a result of its offsite approach.

It was clear the company formed strong relationships on this job, not only with the principal contractor but its own supply chain. The fact that all subcontractors and suppliers stuck with Imtech following the fire is the clearest demonstration of this.

The project had a good safety culture from start to finish, reflected by its 0.08 RIDDOR level.

The judges said the project team should be very proud of what it had delivered on a project that provides valuable lessons to be applied to future projects.


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