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Project of the Year (£30m-£50m)

Some jaw-dropping projects are battling for our £30m-£50m crown, including stadium, racecourse and gas terminal works.

Carillion Concett Academy Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Carillion Concett Academy Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Carillion Building – Consett Academy & Leisure Centre

Carillion Building completed the project to build the new Consett Academy & Leisure Centre in County Durham, including new facilities for the local football and rugby clubs. This was the most complex school Carillion had ever built, yet was handed over in July 2015 with each project stage completed on time and to budget.

The team achieved community milestones beyond contractual requirements, including awarding more than £11.5m of subcontracts to companies in County Durham, creating 37 apprenticeships, and using steel manufactured in the Tees Valley and fabricated in Sunderland.

Costain Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Costain Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Costain – Dimlington Terminal modifications

Costain was contracted to make the Dimlington Gas Replacement Terminal compliant with environmental legislation, which came into force in 2015 prohibiting the use of HCFCs in the maintenance and servicing of refrigeration equipment.

The original solution involved building a brand new facility involving large capital expenditure, but Costain’s alternative replaced the ozone-depleting refrigeration gas with an eco-friendly mechanical process. This allowed implementation in a rapid 18-month timeframe with a cost saving of over 60 per cent and a reduced carbon footprint.

Kier Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Kier Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Kier Construction – Cheltenham Racecourse redevelopment

The largest development ever procured by the Jockey Club, Kier built the Princess Royal Grandstand, holding 6,500 people, alongside Cheltenham’s existing grandstand.

The complex programme comprised 14 sectional completions and handovers (effectively 18 separate projects), which allowed events including the 2015 Cheltenham Festival to continue unaffected.

The project has received acclaim from the Jockey Club and Cheltenham regulars alike, and was completed on budget to a very tight programme.

Laing O Rourke Manchester City FC Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Laing O Rourke Manchester City FC Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Laing O’Rourke Construction – Manchester City FC Etihad Stadium South Stand expansion

Laing O’Rourke’s project to expand Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium began in March 2014 following some very complex service diversions and enabling works.

With a tight programme and budget, and a requirement for MCFC to meet an extensive match and events programme without the loss of a single seat throughout the duration of the project presented a huge challenge – but one that the team met.

Laing O’Rourke met project deadlines that many thought were unachievable at the outset – and the client has been extremely satisfied with the result.

Mace Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace – 12-14 New Fetter Lane

This 15-storey commercial development replaced two 1950s office buildings on a triangular island between Fetter Land and New Fetter Lane on the western fringe of the City of London.

The building’s intricate façade follows the site’s triangular shape and is sympathetic to neighbouring architecture.

The site’s complex logistics, along with rising costs for crtucial subcontracted services during construction, required close collaboration with client Great Portland Estates for successful delivery – and Mace achieved this, coming in on budget and five weeks ahead of a deliberately ambitious 111-week programme.

McAleer and Rushe Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

McAleer and Rushe Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

McAleer & Rushe – Terrace Mount, Bournemouth

This hotel-led scheme is situated on a site with a ground level difference of 21 m from top to bottom. Much of the building had to be constructed into the hillside, requiring the removal of 200,000 tonnes of soil and sand from the site, plus a complex system of structural props.

McAleer & Rushe built three buildings over a basement car park, culminating in a 13-storey glazed tower facing the seafront.

The project was in development for eight years and had been deemed unfeasible, but McAleer & Rushe’s innovation and design changes reduced the contract sum significantly and ensured financial viability for the scheme.

Network Rail Morgan Sindall Arcadis  Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Network Rail Morgan Sindall Arcadis Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Network Rail / Morgan Sindall / Arcadis – Manchester Victoria station redevelopment

Labelled one of the UK’s worst stations in 2009, the redevelopment of Manchester Victoria represents a key milestone in Manchester City Council’s strategic vision and is a pivotal part of Network Rail’s plans to invest more than £1bn in increasing northern rail capacity.

The team’s design involved a new connection between the existing Grade II-listed structure and one of Europe’s largest ETFE roofs, a link bridge connecting to Manchester Arena, retail units and lifts, and one of the country’s most complex light rail junctions.

The project was delivered on time and to budget, officially opening in September 2015.

Sir Robert McAlpine Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Sir Robert McAlpine Project 30 50 CN Awards 2016

Sir Robert McAlpine – Annan House

Annan House in Aberdeen is a bespoke Grade A office development providing an eight-storey HQ for oil producer EnQuest.

The first significant building constructed as part of the redevelopment of the city’s derelict fish processing park, its striking mix of façade treatments include granite, glass and PPC panels.

Despite challenges including the unauthorised occupation of the site in the run-up to construction and the inclusion of a significant tenant fit-out at a very late stage, the project began on time and was completed on programme and to budget.

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