Now in their seventh year, the Construction News Quality in Construction Awards celebrate the best in British construction practice. These prestigious awards attract a consistently high standard of entries and below are those that have been shortlisted. Each submission is subjected to rigorous assessment by a judging panel of top industry experts. The aim is to recognise those who have made a substantial contribution to improving the safety, efficiency and value of the industry. The judging is now complete but the results remain a closely guarded secret until March 26, when the winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the London Hilton Hotel. The dinner is a popular event for the shortlisted teams, the awards sponsors, and also for other organisations which regard it as an appropriate way to entertain staff and clients.
The Judges' Supreme Award Sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors
The Judges' Supreme award is made each year to an organisation whose performance in one or more of the award categories listed below is considered the most valuable contribution to the industry as a whole. In past years, this prize has sometimes been awarded in recognition of excellence in a specific field; in other years the award has recognised an overall contribution across a range of activities.
Major Project Sponsored by Hill McGlynn
Awarded in recognition of outstanding team effort on a UK construction project valued in excess of £50 million.
The shortlisted finalists are:
Channel Tunnel Rail Link Contract 440 East Kent
Client: Union Railways (South); Main contractor: Balfour Beatty
Contract 440 was the critical final element in Phase 1 of the CTRL scheme, and its successful delivery was essential to the client's ability to open the link to farepaying passengers in October 2003. Despite huge technical challenges, including a number of severe and unforeseen circumstances, the team completed the project on time.
St George's Wharf Developer/contractor: St George
In 1998, St George embarked on this £200 million project to build a prestigious mixed-use landmark development on 7 acres of contaminated brownfield land on the banks of the Thames at Vauxhall. Now five years into its construction, the scheme is on schedule for completion in 2005.
Torbay Sewage Treatment Works Phase 1
Client: South West Water; Main contractor: Morgan Est
This £52 million project is South West Water's largest sewage treatment works, providing first-time sewage treatment for a population of 210,000 in the Torbay area of South Devon.
Medium Project Sponsored by Constructionline
Awarded for outstanding construction team performance on a UK project valued at between £5 million and £50 million. The finalists are:
Aeronautical Engineering Facility, Pitstone Green Client: Goodrich Power Systems; Main Contractor;
Fitzpatrick This project involved the design and construction of a state-of-the-art aeronautical engineering facility within a residential area on the site of a former cement works.
Quite apart from the technical and design challenges facing Fitzpatrick, the contractor also had to cope with an unexpected upheaval in its client's business.
Peoplebuilding Hemel Client: Stanhope; Construction manager: Mace
A business park development comprising 112,000 sq ft office building, leisure facility building, multistorey car parking, which Mace executed in close partnership with the client and its supply chain.
Project Evergreen Client: Railtrack; Main contractor: Carillion
The complete upgrade of part of the busy Chiltern Line, a busy commuter route into London, required the team to double the track within an incredibly tight 44 week programme without disrupting normal rail services.
Sedgefield Community Hospital Client: South Durham Healthcare NHS Trust; Main contractor: Clugston Construction
At £8.5 million, this project was very much at the small end of the PFI scale, but is no less of an achievement for that. It offered the construction team the same level of technical and cultural challenges as many a much larger project.
West Ham Stadium Client: West Ham United Football Club; Main contractor: Taylor Woodrow
One of the biggest challenges for this construction team was to demolish the old stand while simultaneously building the new one, all the while ensuring no loss of seating capacity at the stadium.
Small Project Awarded in recognition of outstanding team performance on a UK project valued at up to £5 million.
The finalists are:
A36 Plaitford resurfacing Client: Highways Agency; Main contractor: Lafarge Contracting
This £640,000 contract to resurface the busy singlecarriageway stretch of the A36 between Plaitford and Canada Common was completed two days early, caused minimal disruption to traffic and local residents and had a spotless safety record.
Bolton Institute Client: Bolton Institute; Main contractor: Pochin
An integrated team approach allowed the sustainability aspect to be given a high priority on this Movement for Innovation demonstration project.
CTRL Tunnel Boring Machine power supply Client: 24Seven Utility Services; Main contractor: Morrison Utility Services
A willingness to challenge the orthodox view and valueengineer solutions helped the team shave tens of thousands of pounds off the project cost.
Greenside Mines reconstruction Client: Lake District National Park Authority; Main contractor: Eric Wright Civil Engineering
This project involved the reclamation and stabilisation of redundant lead mine waste heaps and structures on a scheduled ancient monument site within the Lake District National Park.
Portsmouth Gas Central Heating partnership Client: Portsmouth City Council; Main contractor: United House
A partnering approach to the phased installation of new central heating systems in Portsmouth's social housing stock helped achieve high levels of efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Springwell Dene School Client: City of Sunderland; Main contractor: Clugston
The client scored Clugston 100 per cent in terms of achievement. The project achieved a 4 per cent saving in costs that was shared equally between client and contractor.
St Mary's Estate, Hackney Client: London Borough of Hackney; Main contractor: Mullaley
The company tackled this refurbishment project while all 500 residents remained in occupation and managed to maintain excellent client relations throughout.
Specialist Contractor of the Year Sponsored by Twintec
This award is made in recognition of outstanding performance by a specialist company on one particular project of any size or value. The shortlisted entries are:
Cementation Foundations Skanska, for the construction of foundations for the Stratford Box on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project in East London.
Geoffrey Osborne, for its installation of the Chord Line Box using the Autoripage bridge sliding technique on the Shortlands Junction Grade Separation Project.
John F Hunt Demolition for the controlled demolition of a nuclear protection chamber built during the Cold War to provide access to a government bunker under Took's Court in central London.
Longbore for the Hams Hall Pipeline, a specialised steel pipeline through contaminated land using horizontal directional drilling.
Awarded to a UK-based company that has made an exceptional contribution to a project of any size or value outside the UK and, in so doing, has promoted the reputation of British construction expertise internationally. The finalists are:
Benaim, for the West Rail Viaduct project in Hong Kong Inspired value engineering and design development has resulted in a structure that exceeds the client's expectations, but not its budget.
Edmund Nuttall, for the Bhairab Bridge in Bangladesh This remarkable fusion of Western technology and traditional local skills has improved the region's transport infrastructure and boosted its economic development.
Fitzpatrick, for the City of Astana Hospital Complex, Kazakhstan Working in one of the most remote cities in eastern Asia, with poor communications and appalling weather conditions, Fitzpatrick has delivered its client a worldclass hospital and imported new construction skills to the region.
Mott McDonald, for its tunnel-jacking contract on the Boston Central Artery project in the USA Mott McDonald undertook one of the most difficult tunnelling jobs imaginable under the congested expressways of central Boston - while the whole city remained almost unaware of its presence.
Safety (project) Sponsored by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
This year, for the first time, there are two separate awards for achievement in the field of Health & Safety.
The Project award has been introduced to recognise exceptional control of health and safety issues on a single project and is intended to recognise the role of effective teamwork in ensuring a safe working environment. The shortlisted finalists are:
ICI Manchester Square Main contractor: Interior
Interior was appointed in July 2001 to undertake the £9.5 million development to Category B of ICI's Manchester Square headquarters and construct from shell and core the new restaurant and reception areas.
The team clocked up more than 242,000 man hours during the 29 week contract with zero reportable accidents.
Imperial Wharf Contractor/developer: St George
St George constructed this £12 million mixed use development on the River Thames at Fulham with no reportable incidents, and only 15 minor injuries and two near-misses during the whole of the 600,000 manhours worked.
Safety (management) Sponsored by Hilti
his award has been introduced to recognise a single organisation's achievement in creating a culture of safe working. Besides evidence of effective safety management, the judges were looking for real commitment, from the people within the organisation, to the wider promotion of safety. The finalists are:
Barhale Construction n Carillion n Coleman & Co
Kier Group n Lionweld Kennedy Achievement Through Innovation Sponsored by Shell Awarded in recognition of an organisation's commitment to the future of the industry through innovative management methods and/or construction techniques. The finalists are:
Forticrete, for the way it transformed its corporate culture to stimulate new product developments and innovative relationships with the supply chain.
Laing Partnership, for PRIME (Promoting Realistic Innovation Methods Expertise), a method for introducing new technologies.
St George South London, for its technical and managerial innovations at St George's Wharf.
Taylor Woodrow, for the improvements achieved through its Business Excellence Model.
Use of IT
This year sees the introduction of a new prize awarded to a company that has used information technology to bring about a significant improvement in its performance and bring tangible benefits to the construction process. The finalists are:
First Intervention, for FILIS, an electronic system for the inspection and recording of streetworks reinstatements.
Stent Foundations, for SHERPA, its on-site data processing system for major bored piling contracts.
Taylor Woodrow, for its use of 3D object modelling to streamline project communications, effectively manage risk and enhance deliverability of its projects.
Training Sponsored by CITB
This award goes to a company that has, through its commitment to training, made a significant contribution to maintaining skill levels in the construction industry.
The finalists are:
Edmund Nuttall, for the way it promotes training throughout the supply chain.
Geoffrey Osborne, for its ability to evaluate training needs and measure its people's training achievement.
Laing Homes, for its commitment to providing vocational training, especially among those at risk of social exclusion.
Shepherd Construction, for its commitment to training achievement at all levels.
Research & Development (plant and equipment)
This award goes to a company that has, through investment in a systematic process of research and development, produced a new or improved item of construction equipment that has the potential to enhance the performance of the industry. The finalists are:
Nationwide Access, for its PowerClad hydraulic handling system which allows cladding panels to be installed faster, more safely and with less risk of panel damage.
OLE & Distribution Alliance, for a new high-output wiring train, enabling the team to more than double the speed with which it will renew over 700 wiring runs on the West Coast Main Line.
RMC Group, for a new cement silo pressure release device which guards against sudden increases in pressure during the filling process.
Research & Development (construction products) Sponsored by 3M UK
Awarded to a company that has invested in research and development to produce a new product or material that will make a positive contribution to the improvement of construction quality. The shortlisted firms are:
Balfour Beatty Rail, for its Embedded Track Slab system, a new way of providing railway track for new and replacement sections of track.
Marley Waterproofing, for Mach One, a fast, clean, safe, sustainable alternative to traditional flat roofing.
Safeguard Chemicals, for its Dryzone waterproofing injection paste.
Uponor, for ProFuse, a polyethylene pipe with a peelable polypropylene skin for the water and gas industries.
Environmental Achievement Sponsored by Dupont
Awarded to a company that has, through enlightened business practices, shown a commitment to environmentally sustainable construction. The finalists are:
Countryside Properties, for the depth and thoroughness of its environmental policies.
Environmental, social and ethical issues are addressed and the company's performance measured.
Dean & Dyball Construction, for the effectiveness of its environmental management methods on a range of civil engineering and building projects, many of which present significant environmental risks.
Raynesway Construction Southern, for its pro-active approach to environmental concerns that arise on its term maintenance contracts for authorities across southern England, North Yorkshire and for the Highways Agency and rail authorities.
Zara Lamont (chair) Carillion
Alan Crane Rethinking Construction
Jim Dawson Jacobs GIBB
Terry Rochester Independent Procurement Consultant
Bob White MACE
Clive Cain Building Down Barriers
Rodger Evans DTLR
Chris McEwen Tendring Construction
Michael Ryan Variety Floors
Martin Thurgood HSE (Construction)
Michael Ankers Construction Products Assoc.
Roger Blundell Taylor Woodrow Construction
Tim Broyd CIRIA
Ron Edmondson Waterloo Air Management
Paul Everall Office of the Deputy PM
Tim Cole Causeway Technologies
Peter Vice IT consultant
Mike Fitchett NSCC
Terry HodgkinsonMagna Holdings
Peter Rogerson CITB
Peter Sheills Independent Construction Adjudicators
The judges were excluded from selected sessions as necessary to avoid conflicts of interest.
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