This award sees eight of the biggest, most high-profile schemes in the UK battle to be named the industry’s exemplar project of the past 12 months.
Bam Construction – Curtis Green, New Scotland Yard
The Metropolitan Police brought in Bam to redesign its new home on Victoria Embankment from a 1930s building to a modern office headquarters.
Its work has expanded the building’s floor area from 8,691 sq m to around 12,000 sq m thanks to extensions to the rear, roof and front concourse, which required exceptional collaboration between Bam and architect AHMM. The building sits within the Whitehall Conservation Area and was singled out for praise in its conservation audit. The finished project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and recorded zero RIDDORs during construction.
CN Awards 2018 Project over 30 Galliford Try Birmingham Conservatoire
Galliford Try – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire comprises five performance spaces, from the 500-seat Concert Hall to the 150-capacity Recital Hall. It also includes 10,500 sq m of teaching space as well as 100 practice and rehearsal rooms, set over six storeys.
Galliford Try built these performance spaces using ‘box within a box’ steel frame construction, structurally isolating the rooms from the main reinforced concrete frame as part of measures to soundproof the auditoriums. The contractor used BIM Level 2 to great effect, and fostered a strong collaborative project team by housing all subcontractors and stakeholders in combined open-plan site offices.
CN Awards 2018 Project over 30 Kier R7
Kier – R7
Part of Argent’s King’s Cross development, R7 is a split office tower engineered with the flexibility to cater for up to 40 commercial tenants.
The building’s office levels include what Kier describes as ‘soft spots,’ which allow internal staircases to be added as needed, enabling tenants to link floors and thereby catering for multiple letting options. Each floor can also be divided into four sections, with the individual lettable spaces having their own services provision.
The project aimed for BREEAM Outstanding thanks to a combination of passive and active design features and solar gain control provided by the fins on its facade.
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CN Awards 2018 Project over 30 Kier Storyhouse
Kier – Storyhouse
Kier was tasked with creating a new theatre in Chester’s historic city centre on the site of a Grade II-listed cinema, posing major logistical and archaeological challenges.
Exhaustive planning and co-ordination was required, an example being the transportation and installation of 20 m-long 10-tonne beams. Kier also had to oversee a complex steel installation programme that was split into 13 phases.
The team used 3D laser scanning to install new services without affecting historic Art Deco features, and sourced handmade bricks to match those of the listed cinema’s retained facade.
Mersey Gateway Bridge opening pano
Kier, Samsung C&T and FCC Construcción – Mersey Gateway
This £600m project delivered a six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, plus upgrades to 9 km of nearby roads. Nearly 500 onsite jobs were created during construction, with a further 4,600 now required for the bridge’s operation as well as regeneration activity and inward investment.
Half of the project’s suppliers were based within 30 miles of the site, various training and apprenticeship targets were exceeded, and the contractor team is also funding a trust to create a 28.5 ha nature reserve in the area.
Network Rail Thameslink programme London Bridge aerial
Network Rail – Thameslink Programme, Railway Systems
Thameslink’s railway systems team carried out the complete remodelling and resignalling of all lines east and west of London Bridge station, aimed at providing 30 per cent more capacity for train services. This took place concurrently with London’s Bridge’s redevelopment, requiring the various teams to maintain exceptional co-ordination.
The team had to work the railway around construction sites while keeping services running. Some 128 major track stages and nine resignalling stages were planned and delivered, 35 bridge structures strengthened, 40 km of track laid and 147 new switches and crossings installed. Despite its complexity, every milestone target was hit from the project’s approval in 2012 to completion this year.
CN Awards 2018 Project over 30 Transport Scotland Queensferry Crossing
Transport Scotland – Queensferry Crossing
The £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge in the world, and includes the tallest towers of any bridge in the UK.
It also claims to have the longest pair of free-standing balanced cantilevers on record at 643.9 m, and to have set a world record for a continuous underwater concrete pour of 16,869 cu m across 15 days.
Transport Scotland managed a total workforce during the programme of more than 15,000, with construction peaking at 1,500 on site. The challenging geography and frequently poor weather conditions merely added to the challenges, yet work was completed for £245m less than the budget set out when the project began.
CN Awards 2018 Project over 30 Wates Construction York Vita 1
Wates Construction – Vita York
Wates’ student village project for Select Property Group overcame a number of obstacles during its construction.
Archaeologists discovered Roman roads beneath the site, which imposed extra requirements upon the team but did not throw work off programme. Wates also restored the Grade II-listed St Joseph’s Convent, working on an extremely constrained site that demanded numerous considerations for passing pedestrian traffic.
Nevertheless, the contractor handed over 15 new student blocks and completed heritage restoration works on time, on budget and with zero RIDDORs.