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Top 5 project reports

It may only be April, but CN’s top 10 most-read project reports represent some of the industry’s most innovative and efficient companies at work.

Bowmer kirkland project report

Bowmer kirkland project report

With the construction industry having grappled with the adoption of modular technology for years, Bowmer & Kirkland discovered how intense preparation was the key to success with its first modular hotel job in Manchester.

Modular construction has long been discussed as one of the ways contractors can get things done faster, safer and at a lower cost – not to mention offering massive improvements to the industry’s productivity.

One such client getting to grips with fully modulised buildings is Holiday Inn Express, which enlisted Bowmer & Kirkland alongside modular contractor CIMC to deliver a 220-bed hotel in Manchester. Through meticulous planning of both technology and trades, B&K has found this crucial to success on a project that will be delivered in just 39 weeks.

Watch the timelapse here.

Skanska project report

Skanska project report

2. Skanska forges biomedical powerhouse at New Papworth Hospital

Above Cambridge’s gothic towers and historic colleges, dozens of tower cranes now loom.

At the centre of this localised building boom is the expanding Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which will include the New Papworth Hospital when it opens next year.

Boasting breakthroughs in sustainability, connectivity and featuring the latest technology at the heart of the building, Skanska’s New Papworth Hospital is primed to become the centrepiece of one of the world’s leading biomedical clusters.


Interserve project report

Interserve project report

3. Interserve builds itself an ingenious new HQ

From the outside, with its gleaming anodised aluminium cladding and stepped façade, it resembles a giant cruise ship or even a spaceship. Inside, the domed glass roof over the cavernous atrium brings to mind the revamped Birmingham New Street station, seven miles to the west. It feels stylish and futuristic.

Check out our project on Interserve’s new headquarters, located next to Birmingham International Airport. The 20,700 sq m building will bring together 1,400 staff from four local Interserve offices in Erdington, Dudley, Redditch and West Bromwich, plus group business RMD Kwikform’s base in Aldridge.

The project is unique, in that, from the earliest days of its conception, Interserve’s intention was always to self-deliver as much of the new hub as possible.

“Around 25-30 per cent of the spend – £13m-£14m – has been kept in the group,” says project director David Tighe. “M&E took the biggest share. It wasn’t a ‘done deal’ internally though – every business had to prove their competitiveness.”

Watch the video here.

Raymond brown project report

Raymond brown project report

4. Horse ‘monorail’ targets training revolution

For those with an interest in horseracing, the area of west Berkshire around the pretty village of Lambourn is revered as one of the country’s main centres for thoroughbred training.

Labelled ‘The Valley of the Racehorse’, there are more than 1,500 stables in the area and almost everyone in the village is involved in racing in one way or another.

The Kingwood Stud, owned by Turkish businessman Mehmet Kurt, is situated just outside Lambourn and is an enterprise typical to the area. It is here that Raymond Brown has been busy working on a project aimed at further elevating racehorse training from fine art to science, with the installation of a covered 1.2 km-long artificial-surface training circuit.

This unique circuit features a monorail hung training system which sees horses harnessed into specially designed ‘cars’, which travel the track as part of a train.

Watch the video here.

Bouygues project report

Bouygues project report

5. Bouygues’ Triangle mega-office in Cambridge takes shape

If the barometer for the relative strength of the construction industry in any town or city is the number of cranes on its skyline, then Cambridge is in very rude health indeed.

One site that is garnering plenty of attention is ‘the Triangle’, a new office development set to provide accommodation to one of Cambridge’s most important employers.

Cambridge Assessment is responsible for the operation and management of the university’s exam boards and carries out leading academic and operational research in education.

It currently employs thousands of staff in 11 different offices across the city but, in a rationalisation bid, is moving them to a single purpose-built office to the south of the city centre.

Watch the video here.

The complete collection

You can find a complete selection of all our project reports on a dedicated landing page.

If you’re interested in seeing your technically interesting and ongoing project covered in Construction News, please get in touch with associate editor Damon Schünmann.

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