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Project of the Year (£10m-£20m): Finalists

A busy airport, a Grade I-listed market, a vaccinology centre and a police custody suite: just some of the challenging environments in which these projects have succeeded.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Galliford Try Runway

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Galliford Try Runway

Galliford Try – East Midlands Airport Runway Refurbishment

With the airport operating 24 hours a day, a typical refurbishment programme of overnight closures over a six-month period wasn’t feasible, so Galliford Try refurbished the entire 3 km runway in an innovative programme over seven consecutive 48-hour closures.

Challenges included the scheme’s scale and logistical complexity; each weekend saw more than 350 people on site along with over 2,000 vehicle movements and 200 individual pieces of plant. The project exemplifies collaborative working between the contractor, the airport and its stakeholders.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Interserve Construction Kings School

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Interserve Construction Kings School

Interserve Construction – The Kings CE (A) School

This project stands out for the impact it has had on both the reputation of the school and its relationship with the local community.

Interserve worked closely with the school to hold a groundbreaking ceremony, open evenings and regular tours for students, parents and residents. An Open Doors event, held in June 2016, became fully booked within hours. The team also targeted the local supply chain, running a suppliers day to promote opportunities for local businesses. This resulted in 60 per cent of project turnover being spent locally.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Interserve Construction Leeds Kirkgate

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Interserve Construction Leeds Kirkgate

Interserve Construction – Leeds Kirkgate market redevelopment

Interserve worked with Leeds City Council to reorganise and renovate the iconic Grade I-listed Kirkgate market with minimal disruption.

The firm produced a buildability report then held partnering workshops to build an integrated team. Interserve consulted the public along with 400 market traders.

Although there was no contractual requirement for Level 2 BIM the contractor recognised the benefits to aid the design and construction, co-ordination and clash detection of structural design, logistics and temporary works planning.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 John Sisk   Son

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 John Sisk Son

John Sisk & Son: The BBSRC National Vaccinology Centre – The Jenner Building

This project involved the design and build of a 3,700 sq m containment facility on the grounds of the existing scientific campus at The Pirbright Institute.

The building hit a BREEAM Excellent rating and used BIM modelling, as well as sample areas to ensure client satisfaction on quality. The project achieved a strong health and safety record, with more than 2m working hours completed without an incident, while more than 90 per cent of waste was diverted from landfill.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Kier Construction Harris Girls Academy

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Kier Construction Harris Girls Academy

Kier Construction – Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley

This new-build / refurbishment project carried out around an operational school was completed 24 weeks early with 10/10 client satisfaction, zero snags and no accidents.

Collaborative planning and just-in-time methods were used throughout the new-build phase of the works. This process included the supply chain, designers and client team working to overcome co-ordination issues, improve communication and streamline the project delivery. This helped achieve very early completion and zero defects and snags at handover. The project was also awarded two ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ certificates from the CCS.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 VolkerFitzpatrick

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 VolkerFitzpatrick

VolkerFitzpatrick – Watford Health Campus Highways Infrastructure

This regeneration project improved, decontaminated and regenerated land around Watford General Hospital for a mixed-use development.

Participating in several local job fairs, the project team’s efforts culminated in the employment of 121 local people, 11 young people on work experience placements and a successful Prince’s Trust training programme.

Innovation included a revised ground remediation solution using lime and cement mix stabilised the material for reuse in embankments meaning a 20 per cent saving on this work package.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Willmott Dixon Oculus Building

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Willmott Dixon Oculus Building

Willmott Dixon – Oculus Building, University of Warwick

Constructed on sloping land, this complex multiple-level building features fully glazed curtain walling, non-retaining walls and a suspended ground floor, innovatively installed using insulated precast slabs.

The teaching spaces are located in two wings that support the dramatic arched timber roof.

This landmark building has achieved BREEAM Excellent and an EPC A rating, with sustainability features including the low embodied carbon, renewable material glulam roof, a roof-mounted PV installation, a sophisticated energy efficient lighting system, natural ventilation and a heat recovery system.

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Willmott Dixon Sheffield Custody Suite

CN Awards 2017 Project 10 20 Willmott Dixon Sheffield Custody Suite

Willmott Dixon – Sheffield Custody Suite

Sheffield Custody Suite is feted as the country’s most advanced and was delivered within budget and slightly before schedule.

Construction required an extraordinarily high level of collaboration. To understand how the process worked from the inside, the Willmott Dixon team had themselves arrested, drink and drug tested, handcuffed, taken to the cells and the charging point.

Willmott Dixon addressed concerns that the workforce might resist collocating from three separate suites with scores of descriptive workshops that turned potential adversaries into advocates.

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