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Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m)

From roads to demolition, football stadiums to commercial new builds – the range of projects on this year’s shortlist for Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m) represents the best of the industry.

BBGE 100 Bishopsgate Project over 2m Specialists 2016

BBGE 100 Bishopsgate Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering – 100 Bishopsgate, London

BBGE was contracted by Brookfield Multiplex to help deliver three new commercial buildings, including a 40-storey tower, with a 330 m secant wall forming a two-level basement.

The team installed 69 of the largest plunge columns in the UK, weighing up to 38 tonnes each.

It also used some of the highest capacity piles ever constructed in the UK at up to 40 MN.

BBGE collaborated closely with the designers and the client to redesign pile reinforcement and optimise safety, and finished three weeks ahead of schedule.

Cantillon Oxford Street Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Cantillon Oxford Street Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Cantillon – 69-89 Oxford Street, London

This demolition project saw Cantillon work on a site bounded on the east by another construction site, on the south by several party wall conditions including the 19th century French Protestant Church of London, and on the west by Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Western Ticket Hall site.

Oxford Street to the north was thus the only access point, with early planning and negotiation vital to ensure the smooth running of the project.

Work was completed on time with no disruption to local businesses, tourists or the public.

Freyssinet Hammersmith  Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Freyssinet Hammersmith Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Freyssinet – Hammersmith Flyover, post-tensioning replacement, London

Freyssinet’s post-tensioning system for the Hammersmith Flyover helped minimise traffic disruption, as it could be installed from either inside of the viaduct or from below.

The team worked with the concrete industry to utilise high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete to form new post-tensioning anchorages, a first in the UK.

Innovation helped reduce worker hours, improving safety and producing savings that helped the project to come in on time and budget.

Keltbray One Angel Court Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Keltbray One Angel Court Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Keltbray Group – One Angel Court, London

Keltbray carried out asbestos removal, soft strip, temporary works design and installation, and deconstruction of an existing tower block to take it back to its core, allowing 24 levels of the core to be retained in a new development.

This was the highest structural retention in the UK to date, with the added challenges of restricted access in the City of London, a high level of environmental control required, and extensive party wall approvals and third-party stakeholder liaison.

The work was carried out safely and on time.

MAC Roofing MoD Lyneham Project over 2m Specialists 2016

MAC Roofing MoD Lyneham Project over 2m Specialists 2016

MAC Roofing & Contracting – MoD Lyneham, Wiltshire

The project at MoD Lyneham saw the £121m conversion of the existing RAF base into a major engineering training campus.

MAC Roofing was chosen to work on an extensive range of new build and refurbishment projects, incorporating 10 different roofing and cladding disciplines.

The team eventually completed 35 buildings, including training centres, living accommodation, hangars and even a church.

Despite a demanding programme, MAC Roofing delivered all required works on time and budget.

Severfield Etihad Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Severfield Etihad Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Severfield UK – Etihad Stadium expansion, Manchester

Severfield partnered with Laing O’Rourke to deliver the expansion of Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium, adding 6,000 new seats to the South stand through a new third tier, and 1,500 seats around the pitch.

The structural complexity of the scheme required significant temporary works, while activities were limited by the fact the removal of the existing roof could only be carried out on the pitch during the close season.

Severfield completed the ambitious programme in time for the opening game of the 2015/16 season.

Structural Systems Hammersmith Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Structural Systems Hammersmith Project over 2m Specialists 2016

Structural Systems UK – Hammersmith Flyover bearing replacement, London

The bearing replacement project on the Hammersmith Flyover was extremely challenging due its complexity, as well as the importance of the flyover as a major traffic route.

Structural Systems designed a hydraulic jacking system capable of the lifting the flyover, enabling the replacement works on 34 bearings during night closures and supporting the bridge during the day when it was in full operation.

The project finished under budget and well ahead of schedule.

TA Colbourne BAR Project over 2m Specialists 2016

TA Colbourne BAR Project over 2m Specialists 2016

TA Colbourne – Land Rover BAR Team HQ, Portsmouth

TA Colbourne (TAC) provided the complete structure and envelope for Ben Ainslie Racing’s new HQ at Camber Quay, Portsmouth.

This included over 700 tonnes of fabricated steel, over 8,000 sq m of composite floors, 3,500 sq m of cladding and three 12 m-high fabric doors, printed with the largest Union Jack in the country.

A watertight envelope was created in just 20 weeks, allowing the fit-out contractor to start work. Floors were laid and cladding went on as the steel went up, allowing a very speedy build.

VolkerLaser Woodhouse Tunnel Project over 2m Specialists 2016

VolkerLaser Woodhouse Tunnel Project over 2m Specialists 2016

VolkerLaser – Woodhouse Tunnel A58(M), Leeds, refurbishment and strengthening

Part of wider improvements to the Leeds Inner Ring Road, VolkerLaser carried out refurbishment and strengthening works on the Woodhouse Tunnel, which sees over 75,000 cars pass through it each day.

On VolkerLaser’s largest contract to date, the team undertook more than 400 nightshifts over a two-year period with a wide range of specialist trades, fixing over 500 tonnes of reinforced steel and pumping nearly 2,000 cu m of concrete.

It was a huge logistical challenge that could afford no delays, but the team delivered works within budget and on time.

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