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Specialists Awards finalists: Project of the Year (subcontract between £500,000 and £2m)

Judges in this category were looking for contributions to the overall success of a project and strong relationships with customer and supply chain partners. Finalists were involved in projects ranging from complex demolitions to window installations, hospitals to remediations.

AR Demolition – King’s Cross Rail Station

When work to unveil King’s Cross Station’s Grade I-listed façade was announced, it was clear that it would not be an easy job.

AR Demolition secured the contract thanks to its previous work demolishing a space deck roof – an example of which covered the whole station frontage.

The company successfully took down the roof by developing its own propping system to keep the roof up, with the public passing underneath, while it was demolished section by section.

A very complex and high-risk job was completed on time and to budget, with zero accidents.

Cantillon – Riverwalk House

Cantillon completed the demolition package on the Riverwalk House site, which was a complex task due to its location at the busy junction of Vauxhall Bridge and Millbank and its proximity to the River Thames wall.

The team used a new system for the removal of water to ensure no river water was contaminated. It also carefully monitored vehicle movements on a busy road to maximise sustainability and ensure the safety of the large numbers of commuters who cycle past daily.

Celtic Technologies – Mersey Gateway Advance Works Remediation

The £600m Mersey Gateway Project, one of the UK government’s top 40 priority projects in its National Infrastructure Plan, could not go ahead before the completion of advanced remediation work by Celtic Technologies.

The firm completed the remediation of the 5.6 ha site on time, far exceeding the client’s expectations over the amount of soil removed.

This highly technical and complex project saw 17 tonnes of chlorinated solvent removed in all, with no lost-time incidents or delays.

Innovaré Systems – Kingsley Green

Kingsley Green, formerly known as Harperbury Hospital, was Innovaré’s largest project to date – but the team took just 23 weeks to construct three miles of external solepate using a total of 5,344 structural insulated panels.

Innovaré designed, manufactured and installed the panels on the project, which became the largest footprint of any full SIPS structure in the UK.

The team also worked closely with the supplier of the bathroom pods to integrate their design into the SIPs.

Masterton – SHE Remedials to Weston Point Power Station, Runcorn

This £1.3m project called for the removal of a large 120 m flue duct, which ran along the top of the power station to an adjacent building and chimney more than 40 m above ground level.

The size, location and condition of the duct posed a significant dismantling challenge, as it had deteriorated extensively and had to be stripped of asbestos.

Consideration was also given to the Manchester Ship Canal, which runs alongside the power station. The project was completed safely and on time.

Soldata – Bond Street Station Upgrade

The project to upgrade Bond Street Station will deliver increased capacity and step-free access by mid-2017.

Soldata is providing monitoring systems, including its Cyclops automated total stations, to determine 3D movements of underground structures, accurate to within a millimetre.

Its reflectorless Centaur technology allowed it to monitor ground settlements as accurately as precise levelling, reducing the number of surveyors, mitigating the associated risk of personnel working in busy environments and reducing costs.

The Window Company (Contracts) – Jaywick Regeneration

Jaywick was a £1.6m Community Energy Saving Programme-funded project completed in partnership with Ice Energy. The Window Company installed PVC-U windows in 630 individual properties in what is the most deprived council ward in England.

The project was completed on time and to budget and average energy use was reduced by almost 50 per cent per tenant – with roughly 7.8 tonnes of CO2 saved overall.

Wiehag GmbH – Bangor Olympic Aquatic & Leisure Centre

The structural roof of this aquatic centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland, was constructed entirely of glulam timber beams designed, supplied and installed by Wiehag GmbH.

The roof covered 11,480 sq m and contained more than 1,500 cu m of glulam timber, making this the largest timber-roof structure in the UK by volume. Beams were shipped by canal from Austria to Rotterdam, and then via the Irish Sea to Belfast.

Storms damaged a third of the beams in transit and a contingency plan was successfully implemented to manufacture more and keep the project on track. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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