Miami to Dubai, Sweden to Turkey and Ireland to the world’s most isolated island: this year’s are the most diverse International Project finalists yet.
DeSimone Consulting Engineers – Grove at Grand Bay, Florida, US
DeSimone delivered the two-tower Grove at Grand Bay residential project in Miami in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, NBWW Architects and Terra Group Miami.
The ‘twisting’ towers stand 20 storeys high above a two-storey podium, with the design rotating the structures incrementally as they rise to a total rotation of 38 degrees – optimising the views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. This meant the team had to overcome the engineering challenge of the torsion generated in the building’s core by its sloping geometry. And with the towers being built in close proximity to the shore, the flood protection measures of the basement slab were enhanced to mitigate the area’s high flood risk.
CN Awards 2018 International Project Ege Grup Yapi
Ege Grup Yapı Endüstrisi – Maidan, Ankara, Turkey
The Maidan development in Turkey’s capital Ankara comprises three towers and one retail centre with a total floorspace of 6,000 sq m, across a 22,000 sq m site.
The towers offer flexible office space through innovative design solutions, and include a number of efficient and sustainable features. High-performance glass, automated M&E systems and natural ventilation are just some of the stand-out elements on the scheme, with several of the systems and technologies being used for the first time in Turkey, according to contractor Ege Grup Yapı Endüstrisi.
CN Awards 2018 International Project Galliford Try
Galliford Try – Camogli Health Care Centre, Tristan da Cunha
The UK Department for International Development brought in Galliford Try to design and build a healthcare centre on the world’s most remote inhabited island, Tristan da Cunha.
The 98 sq km island of 262 people is 2,400 km south of St Helena and the same distance west of South Africa. Access is by sea only – a voyage of 10 days – but the island has no harbour, meaning workers and supplies had to be brought to shore by flat-bottomed pontoons.
Galliford’s 24-strong team upskilled locals during the project so they could maintain the building long term. Offsite construction was maximised, unsurprisingly, while health and safety was critical due to the team’s extreme isolation.
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CN Awards 2018 International Project Mace
Mace – CLN1, Clonee, Ireland
Facebook’s new data centre just outside Dublin covers 117 ha and required 11,600 tonnes of steel, 56,700 sq m of roofing and 65,500 sq m of cladding.
In keeping with the nature of the project, the team employed technology to great effect, using a single cloud database to allow all teams instant access to project documentation and up-to-date models from any device. Regular BIM co-ordination workshops enabled the client to tour the building virtually and secure sign-off prior to construction.
Despite exceptionally challenging handover targets, Mace delivered its work on time and having clocked up two million worker-hours without a reportable incident.
CN Awards 2018 International Project PMKConsult
PMKConsult – 3D-printed Office of the Future, Dubai
The Dubai government is aiming for 25 per cent of the city’s construction to be built through 3D printing by 2030, and PMKConsult has delivered what is said to be the world’s first 3D-printed office building.
The Office of the Future comprises 300 sq m of floorspace, produced layer by layer by a 20 ft-tall 3D printer in Shanghai, China. It took only 17 days to print the entire structure and two days to install once it arrived in the UAE.
With the office printed in China, designed in the US, engineered by an Egyptian company and installed by a Chinese contractor, UK project management firm PMKConsult had to oversee a truly global enterprise.
CN Awards 2018 International Project Skanska UK Nya Karolinska Solna
Skanska UK – New Karolinska Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
New Karolinska Solna is the largest project Skanska has ever taken on, with a contract value of around £1.7bn and 2,000 workers on site at peak. Its supply chain was especially complex, using subcontractors from the UK, Holland, Germany, Poland, Finland and Estonia.
The hospital is gigantic, comprising 8,000 rooms covering 330,000 sq m, along with 36 operating theatres, eight radiation treatment bunkers and two cyclotrons, which produce radiation in supplying the imaging equipment.
Skanska’s team continued to work through the winter months despite temperatures falling to -20 deg C. This commitment saw all six phases of the eight-year project handed over on time.
CN Awards 2018 International Project Turner International
Turner International – Kaplankaya phase one, Turkey
Project management firm Turner International oversaw the construction of a hotel and spa into the side of a mountain on the Aegean Coast in western Turkey.
Phase one covered a 200,000 sq m site containing 51,000 sq m of gross buildable area. Co-ordination represented a major challenge, with US-based Turner collaborating with a Spanish designer, various global consultants and suppliers from across Europe.
The isolated site posed similar obstacles, with Turner devising 13 new roads for vehicle and equipment access, while co-ordinating more than 20 contractors working simultaneously.