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Project of the Year (under £10m): Finalists

Among these incredible examples of smaller-scale projects we have a Tower Bridge refurb, a charity new-build and a listed town hall renovation.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Bam Nuttall Tower Bridge 3

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Bam Nuttall Tower Bridge 3

Bam Nuttall – Tower Bridge Refurbishment, London

This was a unique project on a Grade I-listed structure, a major UK tourist attraction and a working bascule bridge with about 1,100 lifts a year.

Meanwhile, pedestrian and tourism exhibition access had to be maintained for around 50,000 pedestrians per day. Works were planned to allow for bridge lifts at 24 hours’ notice. The works were carried out 24/7 over a three-month period to reduce the impact of the road closure on the London network.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Northumbrian Water

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water – Brunton Park Flood Alleviation Scheme, Newcastle

Brunton Park Estate has suffered flooding from the River Ouseburn and from sewerage and surface water systems.

An innovative solution allows surface water drainage from the estate to discharge freely into the old river channel, while a SuDS attenuation area – created by widening the old river channel – provides storage for discharged surface water until the Ouseburn returns to normal levels. It also features a significant length of cost-effective flood defence embankment adjacent to the new channel, reducing the risk of inundation of Brunton Park from the Ouseburn.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Premier Modular

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Premier Modular

Premier Modular – New Islington Free School, Manchester

This project demonstrates how volumetric technology can be used to deliver a visually impressive building with many unique features, normally considered outside of the scope of this method of construction.

It was a challenge from the outset. Since Premier Modular was not involved in the original design or planning consent, it had to work with the client and architect to realise their scheme aspirations using a completely different construction method than was originally specified.

The school building delivers an inspiring, innovative and creative learning environment, while adhering to the overall regeneration masterplan of a neglected area of Manchester.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Seddon Tesito House Ardwick

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Seddon Tesito House Ardwick

Seddon Construction – Tesito House, Manchester

Tesito House cares for vulnerable women, some of whom have endured traumatic experiences. Seddon’s experience in care environments informed its decisions from the design and build to the selection of furnishings.

Despite initial issues with knotweed when clearing the site, the team worked closely with the client to deliver a cost-effective solution, enabling the project to finish seven days early and below budget.

This allowed Tesito House to offer care and support earlier than planned.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Torsion Group St James House Newcastle

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Torsion Group St James House Newcastle

Torsion Group – St James, Newcastle

This scheme saw the conversion of a three-storey office block into single studio student accommodation.

Site purchasing delays pushed back construction by four months, significantly restricting Torsion’s project duration and chance to achieve a 9 September student intake deadline.

Additionally, during construction, client Cross Lane asked Torsion to identify opportunities to value-engineer the existing building. The contractor not only completed on time by 5 September, but hit the agreed final account value of £6.75m.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Willmott Dixon Bolton Albert Halls

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Willmott Dixon Bolton Albert Halls

Willmott Dixon – Bolton Albert Halls

Willmott Dixon’s renovation of Grade II-listed Bolton Albert Halls involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of public and back-of-house areas, replacing the roof, renewing the M&E systems and the public toilets.

The team did this while overcoming a host of complex structural and maintenance issues such as the roof repairs, services upgrade and £500,000 of asbestos work that could have consumed the budget.

The project completed within time and budget, meeting the local council’s high expectations.

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Willmott Dixon Harlow College

CN Awards 2017 Project under 10 Willmott Dixon Harlow College

Willmott Dixon – Harlow College, Essex

The new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre is a flagship project for Harlow College, equipped with state-of-the-art machinery from around the world. Much of the works were carried out during term time.

Built on pad foundations, the new steel-framed building has a flat single-ply membrane-covered roof and is clad in a combination of brickwork and rendered panels. As well as gas, electricity and water, the facility required compressed air supplies and is fitted with acoustic panels internally to control noise reverberation.

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