In a close-run contest, Bryden Wood was the judges’ unanimous choice for the winner of the Health & Safety Excellence category.
The offsite and prefabrication expert was cited by the judges for its “seamless commitment to safety from conception of a project right through to its completion and beyond”, with particular praise reserved for how the architectural practice had “embedded its approach” to health and safety within its company ethos.
“Bryden Wood takes the risk out of projects before they even begin, and has seen a remarkable evolution in regards to health and safety in the 17 years since the company was founded,” the judges said.
The firm presented projects such as its ‘factory-in-a-box’ for pharmaceuticals firm GSK: a prefabricated solution that saw the rapid construction of healthcare facilities in developing countries.
The offsite design and assembly allowed the buildings to be constructed without the need for a large number of skilled workers, with all components of the building colour-coded to allow for hazard-free assembly. It also led to a 75 per cent reduction in labour requirements and a 60 per cent saving in programme time.
“Bryden Wood takes the risk out of projects before they even begin and has seen a remarkable evolution in regards to health and safety”
The designs eliminated working at height, with roofing, including M&E, constructed at ground level and hoisted into place.
Other projects, such as tunnel panels for Crossrail, showed a safety-first approach to design: the panels were made lighter to lessen dangerous lifting of materials on site, while full clash detection systems and extensive use of BIM meant there was no unnecessary lifting or working at height on the job.
This approach, the judges said, was “at the leading edge of the industry”, allowing new-build facilities to be put up both quickly and safely.
Bryden Wood also demonstrated a health and safety focus in its research and development, with the judges especially impressed with its work in prefabricating prototype components to ensure quality and safety on site.
Its multi-disciplinary approach – the firm includes architects, consultants, engineers and building services experts – also meant the company’s health and safety ethos could be rolled out and kept consistent across all of its projects, ensuring top safety standards were in place across the board.
“Bryden Wood’s approach to health and safety has showed no signs of the inertia that has plagued parts of the industry, setting it apart from its peers,” the judges concluded.
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