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Project of the Year (subcontract up to £2m)

The best projects with a subcontract up to £2m this year include a flyover demolition, seawall construction, a hospital basement, a shopping centre refurb, and much more.

AR Demolition – Belgrave Flyover

AR Demolition Belgrave flyover

AR Demolition removed the iconic Belgrave Flyover, which spanned one of the main transport routes into Leicester city centre.

The team had to work around, and over, significant live services while managing multiple stakeholders.

The project was completed in three phases over nine weeks, with the majority of the works planned during two nine-day periods.

Operatives carried out 2,350 machine hours, finishing ahead of schedule.

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering – Mini piling at Olympic Stadium transformation

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering Olympic Stadium Transformation

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineer’s work on the Olympic Stadium transformation and its alternative foundation solution saved £513k in costs, almost four weeks in programme and 413 tonnes of CO2.

The team devised a new solution increasing the number of minipiles required, but significantly reducing the time on site.

There were no reportable injuries, accidents or incidents in over 9,600 worker-hours on site.

Carney Construction – Lyme Regis sea wall and promenade

Carney Construction lifting near completion

Carney Construction formed part of the team that constructed a bespoke, high-quality wave return wall with a promenade walkway above at Lyme Regis.

The team completed the works within an adjusted programme after severe landslides buried much of the works around Christmas 2013.

In addition, managing works around severe weather conditions and tidal patterns helped avoid extensive enabling works.

This not only saved a large amount of cost, but also helped protect the fossil-rich scenery for tourists to visit throughout the duration of the works.

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding – Emergency works on or near the Dawlish railway line

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Dawlish

As one of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding’s most high-profile jobs to date, the works at Dawlish were completed under intense public scrutiny.

Scaffolders worked in some of the most challenging and changeable conditions imaginable, both on the main railway line breach and for Bam on the seawall structures.

Nearly 300 m of seawall had to be erected quickly – the team completed 117 m in just five days.

Stormy weather below the working area proved a major challenge, but the project was completed safely and on time.

Dawson-Wam – New Fetal Medicine Centre of Excellence, King’s College Hospital


Dawson-Wam was contracted by Gilbert-Ash to design and construct a two-storey-deep basement for the New Fetal Medicine Centre of Excellence in King’s College Hospital.

In total, over 150 m of secant piles and 37 load-bearing piles were installed, ranging in length up to 17 m.

Strong collaboration enabled work to be completed within the allocated programme and on budget.

James Engineering Construction (Alfreton) – Guys Hospital, London, light cloud artwork and chimney extension

James Engineering Construction Guys Hospital Light Tower

This £40m refurbishment programme, completed in Spring 2014, included four rooftop chimney extensions and the addition of a Carsten Nicolai-designed light steelwork sculpture, increasing the tower’s height to 148.7 m.

Work on the tower had to be completed with minimal disruption to hospital operations, a requirement complicated by the busy confines of its city centre location.

Despite the challenging location, tight schedule and diverse engineering requirements, the work was completed on time and on schedule.

Metek UK – Harbour Court student accommodation, Bristol

Metek UK Oval Quarter

This new seven-storey student residence, comprising 87 en-suite rooms and 46 studios, is located on Anchor Road in the busy waterside area of Bristol.

Built using innovative light steel frame, the building was developed by Midas in partnership with Prime Student Living for the University of the West of England.

LSF proved to be the perfect solution for a complex corner site with limited onsite storage space and with an existing brickwork retaining wall that the LSF structure had to cantilever over.

Metek used BIM and completed the project against a very tight programme, with zero RIDDOR accidents.

Thompsons of Prudhoe – Eldon Square Shopping Centre refurbishment phase 4

Thompsons of Prudhoe

Thompsons of Prudhoe acted as a specialist dismantling and asbestos removal subcontractor for the stip-out and asbestos removal works for phase four of Intu Eldon Square’s refurbishment programme.

The 20-month-phase project had to hit deadlines every working night, despite often encountering previously unidentified asbestos when exposing fascias, and working around live services.

All work had to be carried out in a nightshift before cleaning and asbestos-clearing tests allowed the shopping centre to be reopened to the public each day.

Thompsons achieved a recycling rate of 98.63 per cent and completed over 18,000 man-hours without a single delay.

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