- Amco Engineering – Woolwich Ferry Linkspans Refurbishment, London
- Bam Nuttall – Chiswick Bridge Refurbishment Project
- Croydon Council with Skanska – East Croydon Interchange Project
- Graham Construction – Lews Castle, Outer Hebrides
- Graham Construction – Tennison Road Bridge, London
- Sir Robert McAlpine – The Foundry, Newcastle
- Speller Metcalfe – The Master’s House, Herefordshire
The first of our Project of the Year finalist previews takes in ferries, stations, bridges and even castles.
Amco Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Amco Engineering – Woolwich Ferry Linkspans refurbishment, London
After over 50 years of service, the existing systems for moving the linkspans (or loading bridges) of the Woolwich Ferry to suit ever-changing tide levels were reaching the end of their life and needed replacing. Amco Engineering carried out the work for client Transport for London on the first phase of the Woolwich Ferry life extension project.
The firm removed and replaced 160 tonnes of heavy M&E operating equipment while maintaining ferry service operations, and refurbished and strengthened all of the ferry’s four linkspans. The project was completed on time with no accidents, futureproofing the service for a further 25 years.
Bam Nuttall Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Bam Nuttall – Chiswick Bridge refurbishment project
Bam Nuttall engineers worked alongside stonemasons trained in heritage techniques to restore the crumbling 80-year-old Chiswick Bridge over the river Thames. The project team pulled together with client Transport for London to hit a hard and fast deadline – the 2015 Boat Race, which finishes under Chiswick Bridge.
The team created a 3D model of the bridge, ensuring as many of the original balustrades as possible were retained (20 per cent), while the coping was restored and returned to its original site. This will also provide TfL with a comprehensive record for future maintenance.
Croydon Council Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Croydon Council with Skanska – East Croydon Interchange project
As part of Croydon Council’s Connected Croydon Programme, the East Croydon Interchange Project saw Skanska transform the area in front of East Croydon station as well as much of George Street, the main road to the station.
Skanska also delivered a new cycle hub, de-cluttered the streetscape, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and improved the interchange between train, tram and bus at East Croydon.
The scheme was delivered on time and to budget and has dramatically changed the perception of Croydon from the main entry point to its town centre.
Graham Lews Castle Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Graham Construction – Lews Castle, Outer Hebrides
Lews Castle, a category A-listed mid-19th century building in the Outer Hebrides, had been unoccupied for years before Graham’s project to create a series of vibrant reception areas within the restored castle and construct a new-build museum and archive.
Graham finished the £8.5m main works contract in January 2015 following an intensive 75-week build, delivering a comprehensive fabric repair of the castle and the restoration of the reception spaces.
A transformational project, the renovated Lews Castle is expected to have a significant positive impact on the islands’ ability to attract tourists and visitors.
Graham Tennison Road Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Graham Construction – Tennison Road Bridge, London
The Tennison Road Bridge is the largest on Network Rail’s Southern route and sits adjacent to the UK’s largest rail depot at Selhurst – and spans 10 rail lines approaching London Bridge.
Graham Construction replaced the existing nine-span bridge comprising multiple structural types with a single-span half-through steel bridge, opening in June 2015.
The 565-tonne bridge superstructure was installed via live launch, a jacking technique where rail lines remain operational – and the team believes it to be the first time this method has been used in the UK without any rehearsal under possession.
The superstructure was thus installed two weeks ahead of the original Christmas programme for crane lifts under blockades.
Sir Robert McAlpine Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Sir Robert McAlpine – The Foundry, Newcastle
The Foundry in Newcastle is a five-storey 207-bedroom student accommodation building.
Sir Robert McAlpine built The Foundry using modular units in just 12 months, including the demolition of the existing building.
The modular method allowed the team to deliver the building on budget and 17 weeks early compared with the time it would have taken using traditional methods – the only way to get the building open in time for the 2015/16 academic year.
Speller Metcalfe Project up to 10 CN Awards 2016
Speller Metcalfe – The Master’s House, Herefordshire
Speller Metcalfe carried out the highly detailed restoration of a Grade II-listed building, the Master’s House, for Herefordshire Council, transforming it into a library and council offices.
The team carried out intensive investigations into traditional methods to achieve a highly accurate, high-quality finish, enabling the space to become functional while still retaining its historical context.
Designs continually evolved over the three-year project as more of the building and frame were revealed, with the work undertaken on an open-book negotiated contract.