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Project of the Year (over £50m)

The biggest benchmark-setting projects go head to head in our £50m category, featuring everything from roads and wildlife reserves to hotels and hospitals

A One Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

A One Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services – Area 12 (Yorkshire & Humber) MAC project

The Area 12 project sees A-one+ maintain 580 km of motorways and trunk roads and 1,500 structures for Highways England. The team has surpassed four million hours and over 1,000 days worked since its last reportable accident, despite working on a live road network in all weather conditions.

In 2015, the team managed 1,778 ha of soft estate on the network as a biomass harvesting trial – a national first for HE. The team converted low-grade timber into woodchip, and generated over 1,400 tonnes of material.

Bam Nuttall Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Bam Nuttall Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Bam Nuttall – Wallasea Wild Coast project phase one

The Wallasea Wild Coast Project will create a 620 ha wildlife reserve through the use of three million tonnes of spoil. Bam Nuttall was contracted to transport the tunnelled material by water from London to Wallasea, as well as landscape the site and build embankments and water flow control structures.

Lean management techniques were used to improve the efficiency of the material unloading process, with modifications shortening the time to unload one million tonnes from 62 weeks to 32 weeks. Bam completed the first phase within 40 months, one year ahead of schedule and within budget.

Carillion Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Carillion Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Carillion Building – The Plimsoll Building, King’s Cross

The Plimsoll Building at King’s Cross in London is home to two schools, a nursery, 255 residential apartments and a community meeting space.

Carillion built three inter-linking, 14-storey towers to house the apartments, with the bottom two storeys of each occupied by the educational facilities.

The client brief was altered once the project was under way due to changes in the London residential market, but Carillion was able to accommodate this through close collaboration, and modifications produced £1m in savings.

The project was handed over on time and to budget.

ISG Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

ISG Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

ISG – Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool Hotel

ISG delivered the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool Hotel on the city’s waterfront, integrating the buildings with existing facilities via a 35 m sky bridge to become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, conference and exhibition centre in Europe.

The team worked in excess of 1.2m worker-hours without any reportable incidents before the centre opened to the public in September 2015, with the hotel completed in December 2015.

Value engineering saw ISG change the piling plan beneath the main exhibition in favour of cement stabilisation, resulting in 100 fewer piles and saving circa £610,000.

Laing O Rourke Alder Hey Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Laing O Rourke Alder Hey Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Laing O’Rourke Construction – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

The new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital boasts 270 beds, 75 per cent of which are in single-occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Laing O’Rourke Construction’s design for manufacture and assembly approach resulted in the hospital becoming the fastest 24-hour hospital ever built, taking just 131 weeks – building at a rate of 164 sq m per day.

In particular, DfMA enabled M&E primary service runs to be installed by Crown House Technologies at a peak rate of 2,244 sq m per week, using just 14 workers, saving 10,590 hours over traditional methods.

Mace Network Rail Birmingham New Street Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace Network Rail Birmingham New Street Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace working in partnership with Network Rail – Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central redevelopment

Over 170,000 passengers use Birmingham New Street station every day and the scale of the work overseen by Mace makes it one of Europe’s largest refurbishment projects, all taking place over a busy live railway and on a tight site.

Work took place on site over five years, with phase one opening in 2013 and phase two in September 2015.

The project team delivered a bigger and brighter 24,000 sq m concourse and, among the project’s many technical firsts, the team installed Network Rail’s first ever station CHP plant, resulting in the rail network’s first BREEAM Excellent rating.

Network Rail Staffordshire Alliance Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Network Rail Staffordshire Alliance Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Network Rail / Staffordshire Alliance (collaborative partnership between Network Rail, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail) – Stafford area improvements programme

This multi-disciplinary programme of works removed the last remaining bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line to provide a faster and more reliable service.

The Staffordshire Alliance worked as a single integrated team to deliver three stages of the programme – line speed improvements, the resignalling of Stafford station and the surrounding areas, and the construction of nearly 10 km of new railway at Norton Bridge.

The project was delivered well within budget, achieving savings of 10 per cent, with phase two delivered and commissioned in August 2015, four months ahead of the December 2015 ORR requirement.

Skanska Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Skanska Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Skanska Building, London & South-east – 1 & 2 New Ludgate, London

The New Ludgate commercial development saw Skanska deliver two standalone buildings on a tight inner-city site.

One New Ludgate was built with a trapezoidal steelwork frame of varying spans, with large cantilevers and lightweight concrete slabs, while 2 New Ludgate was formed with glass-reinforced concrete cills, double-glazed glass units and multi-coloured moveable glass fins.

The team worked closely with client Land Securities to deliver the project successfully, despite the constrained location and the presence of sensitive neighbours including the Old Bailey.

VolkerFitzpatrick Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

VolkerFitzpatrick Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

VolkerFitzpatrick – Stoke Gifford Intercity Express programme train maintenance facility

VolkerFitzpatrick delivered a new train maintenance facility on programme, despite the impact of a major culvert that ran diagonally across the site collapsing just prior to construction.

Replacing the culvert using traditional methods threatened to add 40 weeks to the programme, so the team redesigned the temporary works solution of sheet piles into the permanent works as walls, excavating between them to pour a traditional in-site reinforced concrete floor.

This also required excavation of 180,000 cu m of asbestos-contaminated material to depths of 18 m – but a redesign to raise the height of the site’s bunds enabled all 80,000 cu m of hand-separated asbestos to be contained on site.

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