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Project of the Year (under £15m): Finalists

All nine of these outstanding schemes have demonstrated remarkable standards, innovation and quality – often in exceptionally difficult circumstances.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Dudley College Alliance Team

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Dudley College Alliance Team

Dudley College Alliance Team – Advance II

Dudley College’s Advance II building is said to be the first of its kind in the further education sector, offering training in the latest construction techniques. The college adopted an Integrated Project Insurance model to procure and deliver the scheme, bringing together a vast array of suppliers and using BIM Level 2 and project bank accounts throughout.

The whole supply chain went through a 4D project model to identify and tackle potential issues, as well as health and safety risks. The scheme completed on time and 6 per cent under budget, with operating costs reportedly 25 per cent lower than in any other building on the college’s site.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Galliford Try Partnerships and The Guinness Partnership

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Galliford Try Partnerships and The Guinness Partnership

Galliford Try Partnerships and The Guinness Partnership – Quayside Extra Care

Quayside comprises 60 extra care apartments for client The Guinness Partnership. The team chose a lightweight steel frame – the first time client and contractor had used the product, which was produced offsite and reduced the programme by 12 weeks.

The client required a district heating system but had received complaints on other developments from residents about performance; Galliford Try collaborated closely with client and subcontractors to ensure an effective system was installed. The end product reduced emissions to 10 per cent below Building Regulation requirements and clocked up more than 225,000 worker-hours without a RIDDOR.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Gilbert Ash

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Gilbert Ash

Gilbert-Ash – City of London Freemen’s School Swimming Pool

Gilbert-Ash has built a 25 m six-lane pool in Surrey featuring a full glulam frame – both walls and roof – that was completed on site in just three weeks. The contractor used a BIM Level 2 model to fabricate timber components, feeding the design straight into a factory system. 

The firm claims that the scheme saw the first recorded use of a slot diffuser system in a large-scale swimming pool, which avoids the usual ductwork above the water. Its timber-frame construction achieved carbon neutrality and Gilbert-Ash is using the project to showcase the benefits of full glulam frames for future jobs.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Henry Brothers Midlands

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Henry Brothers Midlands

Henry Brothers Midlands – Loughborough University, STEMLab

STEMLab is a gateway development on Loughborough University’s campus that houses new engineering, physics, chemistry and biology laboratories. The nature of its end-use meant the building posed significant M&E challenges, requiring 74 fume cupboards, five large air-handling units and more than 1.5 km of specialist gas pipework.

The team also had to overcome a significant slope across the site, and was forced to reposition the entire building after discovering a large water main that could not be moved. Despite this, work was completed on time and to budget, with no reportable incidents.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Kier Sensor City 1

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Kier Sensor City 1

Kier – Sensor City

Sensor City is the first building in Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter, providing a home for students whose ideas during their Master’s or PhDs need further work to be brought to market. Among its stand-out features is a patterned glass solar veil comprising gold, black and white opalescent enamel panels. Extensive planning was necessary to install the 299 panels, each one of which was different to the one adjacent. 

The site itself was similarly tricky, just 13 m from a Network Rail boundary and a stone’s throw from one of the UK’s busiest railway stations. Kier was given just three months to get from stage 2 to stage 3 due to funding-related programme pressures, but successfully delivered its work on budget.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Portakabin

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Portakabin

Portakabin – Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA2)

Kensington Aldridge Academy closed following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Portakabin had just 12 weeks to create a temporary school for 1,000 students in what represented its biggest emergency build to date.

Portakabin oversaw an unprecedented logistical effort, securing reportedly the fastest electricity connection to a new site on record, and getting Thames Water pipes hooked up in just 21 days. More than 200 individual modules providing 7,500 sq m of teaching and learning space were built entirely offsite, with the school handed over successfully on 15 September and rated Outstanding by Ofsted a few months later.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Robertson Group

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Robertson Group

Robertson Group – North Uist Primary School, Outer Hebrides

Robertson was brought in to build a new school for 100 primary pupils and 60 nursery children on the remote island of North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. 

Local labour and materials were particularly scarce, with Robertson going to great lengths to procure materials that could be transported by ferry. The absence of a landfill on the island meant waste had to be tightly controlled – arisings from demolishing the existing school were offered free of charge to locals. The contractor exceeded its community engagement goals, delivering 146 apprenticeship weeks (vs a target of 98) and putting on 626 school and college workshops.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 VolkerFitzpatrick

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 VolkerFitzpatrick

VolkerFitzpatrick – Stratford Retaining Wall

Lendlease brought in VolkerFitzpatrick to create a 305 m-long retaining wall on the boundary of its International Quarter development in east London, close to Docklands Light Railway and Network Rail lines.

Volker’s design allowed the wall and parapet to be realigned by up to 6 m, which in turn enabled Lendlease to create 5,000 sq m of additional developable space. The project recorded zero RIDDORs during 88,920 worker-hours and Volker has collaborated with Lendlease to produce several best practice health and safety videos that are now used as standard by both firms.

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Willmott Dixon

CN Awards 2018 Project under 15 Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon – Schuster Annexe, University of Manchester

Willmott Dixon bolted the Schuster Annexe onto the university’s existing Schuster Building to add 2,500 sq m of new floorspace across four floors.

The contractor worked to a strict budget and within a tight city centre site, using several innovative approaches to deliver the programme – including a robotic crane to install ground-floor glazing from the inside. The firm collaborated with the university’s construction academy to encourage local employment and training, with the build featuring 111 project-initiated apprenticeships.

Willmott’s successful delivery has seen it subsequently awarded further work under the client’s £1bn masterplan.

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