A brace of demolitions and two Crossrail projects are among the jobs on this year’s shortlist, alongside some complex scaffolding, residential waterproofing and high-quality office fit-out.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m Abbey Pynford
Abbey Pynford Geo Structures – Lifting and Moving, Crossrail
In order to accommodate piling for Crossrail close to Tottenham Court Road station, a listed Victorian Smithy building had to be moved.
Abbey Pynford Geo Structures repaired, framed, underpinned and lifted it off its previous position to a new temporary foundation.
The project demanded a sensitive approach with meticulous planning, and the lift was undertaken using one of the very few 1000-tonne mobile cranes available in the UK.
The lift was completed safely without a hitch, on time and to budget, without any damage to the listed building.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m AR Demolition
AR Demolition – Glensanda, Oban, Scotland
The contract to decommission and demolish a number of buildings at Glensanda Quarry on Oban in Scotland was made more difficult by the remoteness of the location.
With no road, rail or marked footway links over the land of the private Glensanda Estate, the only access available to the team was by boat, landing on the shores of Loch Linnhe before travelling a further 8 km on land to the site.
The tricky logistics, coupled with snow, high winds and sub-zero temperatures, made this a very challenging project indeed, but it was delivered on budget, on time and to the satisfaction of client Aggregate Industries.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m Plan Construction
Plan Construction Solutions – Waterproofing, London Road, Hounslow
Client Bugler Developments wanted to provide A2 Dominion Housing with a leak-free build on its development on London Road, Hounslow.
For this it turned to Plan Construction Solutions, which worked with the architect and building owners to re-design the roofing build, using an inverted roof system instead of the original intended design.
This saved time and resulted in a completely leak-free build, with a satisfied client offering the specialist more work.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m Plowman Craven Crossrail Drilling Rig
Plowman Craven – Providing a 3D solution for Crossrail
Crossrail’s 42 km of tunnels are formed from a series of 26,250 concrete rings, each one of which is made up of eight segments.
Around 250,000 holes had to be drilled into these segments to enable the installation of emergency escape walkways, cable management systems, overhead power lines, signalling and lighting.
Plowman Craven carried out a 3D scan of the tunnels, unwrapping it into 2D to plot the location of the holes before then re-wrapping it into a 3D model – providing an accurate model for the project’s automated drilling machines to carry out their work.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m The Deluxe Group Duke of York Sq
The Deluxe Group – Cadogan Offices, 29 Duke of York Square, Chelsea
The Deluxe Group was contracted by Gilbert Ash to provide the bespoke joinery for the refurbishment of the Cadogan Estates’ head office in Chelsea, including chairman Lord Chelsea’s private office.
Quality expectations were obviously high, and it was also crucial that the scheme was completed on time and to budget, with The Deluxe Group working to a tight programme.
The success of the project has led to discussions with both the contractor and the ultimate end client over work on more schemes, with Deluxe growing as a result of its success in this marketplace to date.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m Thompsons of Prudhoe Merrion House
Thompsons of Prudhoe – Merrion House, Leeds: Deconstruction
The 10-storey Merrion House sits in the centre of Leeds, in an extremely busy shopping and leisure area and physically adjoining a Morrisons supermarket.
Thompsons of Prudhoe carried out work that included the removal of asbestos, soft strip, concrete cutting and much more, leading to full deconstruction back to the concrete shell, including completely opening up the roof and removing the plant room to allow further building and reconstruction above.
Meticulous planning and co-ordination saw this highly specialised deconstruction project completed on time and to budget.
Specialists 2017 Project up to 1m Tiger
Tiger Scaffolding – North Yorkshire County Council County Hall, Northallerton
NYCC County Hall in Northallerton is a Grade II-listed building and is over 100 years old, and has been home to North Yorkshire County Council since 1974.
Tiger Scaffolding’s brief for its involvement in the restoration and repair of the building specified that no weight could be placed on the roof and that no scaffold could be tied into the building.
The firm created a bespoke free-standing scaffold which acted as support for a temporary roof, which contained nearly 45,000 ft of scaffold tube, more than 30,000 scaffold fittings, nearly 50,000 ft of scaffold planks and nearly 500 m of structural X beams, creating an exceptionally large-scale free-standing scaffold.