Winner: Kier – South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) Berkeley Green and UTC
The Berkeley Green and UTC buildings are the first to be completed on the site of a decommissioned nuclear power plant, with Kier’s execution singled out for praise by the judging panel.
Having initially been considered for demolition, the buildings will form part of the larger Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear (GREEN) campus within the Gloucestershire Science Technology Park in Berkeley.
The project was delivered in two phases, with Kier initially undertaking enabling works, including demolition and strip-out of the existing facilities. The team then moved onto the fit-out and refurbishment of Berkeley Green, which included the conversion of the facilities into a technical science and engineering college.
Judges agreed that Kier brought particular care and attention to what was an incredibly complicated project, fostering a collaborative environment while exhibiting a clear focus on outcomes and tight project control.
Robotic demolition equipment was primarily used during the first phase, with health and safety high on Kier’s agenda. The team made use of BIM Level 2 virtual headsets to better visualise the site, increase efficiencies and appease the client at the earliest stage.
Onsite workers were able to use their mobile devices for quality and safety control, while the project is also said to mark the first UK application of hardwood LVL technology, reducing unit sections for a more efficient and cost-effective prefabricated timber structure.
“This was a really complicated project, yet Kier’s care and attention to detail stood out; it featured a very impressive demonstration of delivery on a highly constrained, complex project with high client satisfaction”
Kier oversaw a variety of high-performance sustainability measures, including a thermally efficient envelope, a 100 kW solar PV facade, ventilation systems with integrated heat recovery, and low-energy LED lighting.
Its social commitment was equally on show: 90 per cent of subcontractors were local, ensuring continuity over both phases. The demolition was also timed to avoid the arrival of birds on the Wildfowl Trust mudflats of the Severn Estuary.
The UTC had aimed to welcome 40 students in September 2017; however, Kier’s support in promoting the new facilities helped drive this number to more than 200, with 20 per cent of the inaugural intake being female.
The project achieved zero AIR and zero RIDDORs, and achieved a Considerate Constructor score of 40.
The judges were full of praise for the sheer variety and attention to detail Kier demonstrated on this project. They said the contractor’s complex, brilliantly executed build cast construction in an inspirational light and made this the stand-out project in this year’s category.
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