The showstoppers of the industry, these huge and high-profile projects showcase companies that have pushed construction to its absolute limits.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 AL A PLP Architecture Hassell Mace and Arup Sky Central
AL_A, PLP Architecture, Hassell, Mace and Arup – Sky Central
Sky Central is a new workplace on Sky’s west London Campus designed to accommodate 3,500 employees.
Piling rigs starting on site in early 2014, only six months after the project kicked off. The job completed on time and on budget, delivering 46,000 sq m of fully fitted-out space in about three years. Sustainability measures include reduced energy demand through passive means, a PV array providing 25 per cent of electrical demand and a biomass-powered CCHP unit.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Carillion Building Liverpool Anfield
Carillion – Anfield Stadium main stand expansion
The project demonstrates what can be achieved when the parties have a shared commitment and a common goal to deliver. It was completed in 91 weeks, punctuated by 48 games when the stand was returned for operational use.
Alongside a non-negotiable timeframe incorporating matchday operations, work involved complex engineering, meticulous planning and high-risk operations such as tandem lifting of the main roof truss. It has been successfully and safely delivered in full view of the world’s media.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Costain Rosper Road Bridge Construction
Costain – A160 Port of Immingham Improvements Project
The A160 Port of Immingham Improvements project has upgraded the highway network between the existing A180 and the port.
During the last 16 months the project has delivered 5 km of new dual carriageway and two integral bridges designed to reduce maintenance during a 120-year design life.
It has also won over 500,000 tonnes of clay (reducing carbon footprint) and reused all existing tar bound material in its cement-bound paving layers to avoid landfill.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Galliford Try Costain Atkins
Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins joint venture – Liverpool Waste Water Treatment Works
This project involved the construction of the first multi-storey sequencing batch reactor plant in the UK, as well as upgrades to ensure the continued rejuvenation of the River Mersey.
During peak production 350 personnel were located at the works, which remained operational throughout. Precision design and value-engineering, made a reality with the assistance of BIM, helped meet the challenge of remaining on schedule and below budget by constructing the reactor on the small footprint of the operational dock – without affecting the existing works.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Laing O Rourke Cancer Centre
Laing O’Rourke – Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital
This 14-storey cancer centre brings cancer treatment and research under one roof, making patient experience easier and less stressful.
Patient needs remained central to the new centre. This included stacked villages, patient-considerate changing rooms and welcoming facilities. Construction used innovative offsite methodologies that sped up programme delivery and reduced carbon footprint, achieving BREEAM Excellent for both the design and post-construction scores.
The team also focused on community engagement, with 38 Southwark residents offered employment on the site.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Lendlease
Lendlease – Glasshouse Gardens
Glasshouse Gardens – 30-storey and 17-storey residential buildings in Stratford’s International Quarter – employed a unique dual-screen system.
Because the building used a precast concrete nib / balcony system, the contractor was unable to use a unitised cladding system, and instead developed a lightweight rainscreen cladding system. Adapted from the concrete screens normally used in city developments, it also incorporated a separate dry / trailing screen.
The project completed 1.3m worker-hours with an average of 220 people on site without incident.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Skanska Civil Engineering M1 Junction 19
Skanska Civil Engineering – M1 junction 19 improvement
This upgrade and renewal reduced congestion, established freeflow links between the A14-M6 and M1-M6 and provided a dedicated route for local communities that separated local and national traffic.
Working to a complex design for six new structures, the project saw 22 separate traffic management switches progressively introduce temporary roads, new bridges and new carriageways.
The project team identified an opportunity to bring forward a section of the build to open a free-flow link between the M6 and the A14 in February 2016, five months earlier than scheduled.
CN Awards 2017 Project over 50 Skanska Construction UK One Creechurch Place
Skanska Construction UK – One Creechurch Place
Innovation was at the heart of this central London office scheme. Examples include the development of two bespoke overhead gantries to unload façade stillages from lorries to hoist without tower crane dependency.
Skanska worked with its supply chain to evolve a bespoke cradle used to clad the party wall, which also negated the use of a tower crane. This avoided oversailing, saving client Helical a considerable sum in Third Party settlement agreements.
Early completion was put down to innovative use of BIM and virtual planning techniques.