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Project of the Year (£10m-£30m)

The second of our 2016 project awards feature a whopping 10 jobs that have exhibited innovation and a willingness to exceed expectations.

Arup Associates with Mace Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Arup Associates with Mace Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Arup Associates with Mace – Believe in Better Building

Designed and constructed in less than a year, the Believe in Better Building, home of Sky’s Believe in Better schools outreach and academy training programmes, is the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK. The timber frame was completed in only 10 weeks and the timber façade panels took just five weeks to install, enabling rapid weather protection for follow-on trades.

The team used offsite manufacturing to further speed the construction programme and the building is “beyond zero carbon” according to the project team, due to the sequestered carbon in the timber frame and envelope.

GF Tomlinson Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

GF Tomlinson Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

G F Tomlinson – Heart of the Campus Development, Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University wanted to create a new campus hub and a central building for students with large spaces for collaborative learning and social interaction.

The project saw G F Tomlinson construct two buildings – the Pavilion and the Teaching and Learning Building, along with new outdoor spaces and a steel and timber bridge linking the two. This was all done around a live campus environment and the buildings were completed in time for the academic year to begin in September 2015.

Galliford Try Building Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Galliford Try Building Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Galliford Try Building – 7-8 St James’s Square, London

Galliford Try was design-and-build contractor for 7-8 St James’s Square, a complex and challenging commercial project in London incorporating a deep basement featuring significant piling and temporary works.

Exceptional unforeseen ground conditions tested the project team and construction was pushed to its design limit with many geotechnical re-designs implemented by Galliford Try. The programme was also challenging, but Galliford Try delivered the scheme on programme and to budget.

ISG Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

ISG Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

ISG – The Whitworth, Manchester

The Whitworth art gallery, part of the University of Manchester, reopened in February 2015 following a £15m redevelopment carried out by ISG.

The project doubled the public space and created new state-of-the-art gallery facilities.

ISG sourced the highest-quality materials for the job, working to millimetre-specific design requirements in a listed building, and brought together the old and new to improve the building’s efficiency and find innovative solutions. The scheme was also shortlisted for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

J Murphy and Son Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

J Murphy and Son Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

J Murphy and Sons – Farnworth Tunnel

J Murphy and Sons was contracted by Network Rail to re-bore Farnworth Tunnel as part of the client’s £220m electrification programme on the Preston to Manchester route.

Murphy enlarged the Grade II-listed ‘up’ tunnel, filling it with 7,500 cu m of foam concrete before re-boring it using the UK’s biggest tunnel boring machine, enlarging it to create a bigger tunnel housing two tracks and overhead cables.

The single track of the ‘down’ tunnel remained in use throughout, 1 m from where works were being carried out. This now-redundant tunnel was also strengthened over 11 weekend possessions rather than fully blockading the line.

Kier Midland Goods Shed Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Kier Midland Goods Shed Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Kier – Midlands Goods Shed

The Midlands Goods Shed project saw Kier carry out a sympathetic restoration and conversion of a derelict 1850s building, located within a listed complex at London’s King’s Cross and with heavily restricted site conditions.

Bounded on each side by a public garden and residential scheme, a canal, a university and a busy road, construction had to be carefully sequenced and planned due to three Victorian railway tunnels underneath.

The project was completed accident free, on time, and to budget, fully completing in December 2015.

McAleer and Rushe Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

McAleer and Rushe Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

McAleer & Rushe – Unite, Angel Lane, Stratford

Part of the ongoing redevelopment of Stratford following the London 2012 Olympics, McAleer & Rushe has built a new home for 759 King’s College London students.

The management of quality was paramount throughout and was a key issue for the client and local planning authorities, and the fixed handover date for the new academic year meant maintaining programme was crucial.

This was McAleer & Rushe’s first project for Unite and the contractor is now part of the client’s main contractor framework for future UK developments.

meps Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

meps Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Meps in collaboration with MWH Treatment – Frankley WTW

Frankley Water Treatment Works is a strategic Severn Water site supplying water to one million people in Birmingham, including sole provision to 11 hospitals.

MWH was contracted to replace an unreliable existing lime dosing system, and meps provided five DfMA packages including pump skids, pipework and integrated structures, while offsite fabrication was identified early on as a way to achieve Severn Water’s efficiency targets.

Meps’ work meant that the original planned three-month onsite installation period was reduced to just four days of onsite work.

Taziker Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Taziker Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

Taziker Industrial – Royal Albert Bridge

Taziker Industrial undertook a £15m refurbishment of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s iconic Grade I-listed Royal Albert Bridge in Plymouth for client Network Rail – the most extensive refurbishment in the bridge’s history.

Work was initially programmed to last 28 months but the team ended up on site for four years, thanks to unforeseen extra work relating to structural defects in the bridge.

Network Rail gave Taziker a safety award for its work, and the good performance led to further bridge works in the local area.

VolkerFitzpatrick Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

VolkerFitzpatrick Project 10 30 CN Awards 2016

VolkerFitzpatrick – M1 junction 10A grade separation

VolkerFitzpatrick carried out the improvement of the motorway spur road from M1 junction 10, creating a dual-grade separated junction to cut journey times and congestion on local roads.

The team replaced an existing roundabout and realigned and widened dual and single carriageway roads and junctions, as well as constructing two roundabouts, several roads and an 85 m-long underbridge beneath the live carriageway.

A 100,000 cu m earthworks surplus was used to improve the drainage and profile of surrounding agricultural land, while VolkerFitzpatrick contributed a number of design improvements to save the client money.

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