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Project of the Year (£15m-£30m): Finalists

A diverse collection of projects have made the £15m-£30m shortlist, including work on pathology labs, uni buildings and a 117-year-old theatre.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Interserve Construction Piazza Building University of York 171

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Interserve Construction Piazza Building University of York 171

Interserve Construction – Piazza Learning Centre

Piazza Learning Centre is the new home of the International Pathways College and features 34 classrooms, a 350-seat auditorium, 100-seat lecture theatre and a 350-seat restaurant. Interserve’s focus on community engagement secured jobs for eight local people, and saw the project provide 161 apprentice weeks and use 82 per cent local subcontractors.

The company diverted 96.6 per cent of waste from landfill and recycled more than 100 tonnes of wood through a local social enterprise. The project was delivered on time and to budget, with high client satisfaction scores followed by further work for the university.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 ISG

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 ISG

ISG – Health Services Laboratories

The Halo Building in London’s King’s Cross provides clinical pathology services and covers 11 floors as well as five split-level basements. The facility houses 1,000 staff across more than 100,000 sq ft of floorspace, and required ISG to transform an outdated office block.

This presented several challenges, not least that fitting of high-tech labs – which usually feature floor heights of 5 m – in 3.4 m of space with only 500-600 mm of ceiling room available for complex M&E services. ISG used BIM to achieve the necessary precision, as well as to update the client regularly and ensure smooth handover to FM contractors.

CN Awards 2018_Project 15-30_Kier Ayr Academy

CN Awards 2018_Project 15-30_Kier Ayr Academy

Kier – Ayr Academy

The new Ayr Academy caters for 1,000 students on the Craigie Estate, also home to University of West of Scotland and Ayr College, providing a single campus for an array of students and educational facilities.

Kier collaborated closely with the M&E contractor due to services making up a significant proportion of the contract; this early and effective engagement resulted in savings and efficiencies on the programme. Effective waste management planning resulted in 98 per cent diversion from landfill as well as a £60,000 saving from re-using materials.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Kier South Gloucestershire and Stroud College SGS Berkeley Green and UTC

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Kier South Gloucestershire and Stroud College SGS Berkeley Green and UTC

Kier – South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) Berkeley Green and UTC

SGS Berkeley Green and UTC are the first completed buildings on a new campus providing specialist education to 14-18-year-olds in digital technology, cyber-security and advanced engineering.

Located on a decommissioned nuclear site, Kier turned a former engineering hall into a cutting-edge training facility – the hall’s third lease of life, having been built as an aircraft hanger in 1957. Around 90 per cent of subcontractors were local, maintaining continuity over two phases, and the project was delivered two weeks early, under budget and with zero reportable incidents.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Kier Sheraton Park Student Accommodation Durham

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Kier Sheraton Park Student Accommodation Durham

Kier – Sheraton Park Student Accommodation Durham

Kier used a variety of innovative solutions to reduce costs on this student accommodation project, after the work was originally costed at £3m above the client’s budget. The contractor worked with its local supply chain to devise different approaches, such as alternative services distribution and piling systems.

Worker wellbeing was a major consideration for Kier, with events held for operatives to receive health checks, and welfare information provided every day to workforce. The project was completed on time, scored highly on client satisfaction and reported zero RIDDORs during 464,000 worker-hours.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Morgan Sindall

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall – Glenwood School

The Glenwood School for children with special educational needs faced the challenge of being built between two live schools and sharing their single entrance. Accordingly, Morgan Sindall used a dedicated logistics team and co-ordinated closely to ensure academic calendars were not affected by its work.

The contractor used a CLT frame, reducing the programme by 15 per cent, saving 340 tonnes of carbon and contributing to strong airtightness performance. Morgan Sindall’s team went to great lengths to engage with staff and pupils to inform its work, while also raising money for charity and even writing submissions for Ofsted during the build.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Robertson Group Perth Theatre 01

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Robertson Group Perth Theatre 01

Robertson Group – The Restoration of Perth Theatre

Opened in 1901, Perth Theatre was in need of updating and brought in Robertson to deliver a major redevelopment while restoring some of the listed building’s historic features. A previous cost plan of £22m was not viable, but Robertson helped redesign the project to within the client’s £16.6m budget.

Around 40 per cent of the site involved reconfiguring the existing building, requiring significant and complex temporary works. Robertson oversaw the reinstatement of elements such as mouldings, plasterwork and gilding, with the latter particularly intricate as it involved 24 carat gold leaf on ornate plasterwork.

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Willmott Dixon Uni of Kent Sibson

CN Awards 2018 Project 15 30 Willmott Dixon Uni of Kent Sibson

Willmott Dixon – Sibson Building for University of Kent

The 8,000 sq m Sibson Building houses the University of Kent’s Business School and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science. With a five-storey reinforced concrete frame at one end and a steel frame at the other, the building presented Willmott Dixon with several conundrums.

A double-height atrium using exposed glulam beams linked the two sides of the building, while the site was also split into two height levels, requiring complex groundworks and innovative sheet piling.

The project team achieved 100 per cent diversion of waste from landfill as well as providing 11 weeks of apprentice training.

 

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