This category recognises the year’s best projects valued between £10m and £50m. With projects from across the UK and in a wide range of disciplines, this is a hotly contested category.
Bam Nuttall / Network Rail – East Croydon Station Footbridge
East Croydon Station is the second-busiest interchange station in the UK and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, accommodating 25,000 people daily.
A 105 m-long 900-tonne footbridge was constructed offline and launched over operational platforms and a live railway without the use of possessions.
Moving steadily at 6 m per hour, the bridge was placed precisely onto its bearings 12 hours ahead of schedule. The station’s capacity has been increased, pedestrian flows improved and a east-west pedestrian route created.
Bouygues UK – Mary Rose Museum
The Mary Rose captured the imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982, 437 years after she sank in 1545.
Construction of the Mary Rose Museum began 28 years after this in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the same dockyard in which the ship was built 500 years earlier.
In one of the most ambitious and complex heritage projects in Europe, the museum was erected over and around the top of the ‘hot box’ chamber that houses the Mary Rose to create a new iconic tourist attraction for the UK.
Graham Construction – Grimsby River Terminal
This design-and-build project to construct a roll-on/roll-off terminal in the River Humber at Grimsby Docks for importing cars from Europe saw the team working to a marine licence – one which stipulated a tight three-month window in which to install 163 piles and 61 temporary piles.
The challenge was met. Working over water was the biggest risk and was successfully managed, while the world’s second-largest radial arm pontoon was constructed offsite and floated into position.
J Murphy & Sons – Tirley Pressure Reduction Installation
The £40m Tirley Pressure Reduction Installation, one of the largest PRIs in Europe, was a substantial feat of civil engineering.
The Tirley PRI controls the flow and pressure of natural gas through the South Wales Gas Pipeline, providing the UK with up to 20 per cent of its required gas supply.
Careful management of environmental impact and logistics was required due to the project’s sensitive rural location, with no accidents or reportable environmental incidents recorded during the 18-month construction period.
NG Bailey – Arla’s Aylesbury Dairy
Arla’s new flagship £150m dairy in Aylesbury is one of the biggest in Europe and one of the most environmentally advanced in the world.
The first dairy in the world able to process 1bn litres of fresh milk a year, NG Bailey was contracted to provide all M&E work as well as facilities management services across the 70-acre site.
Offsite construction was instrumental, with the dairy’s main services distribution corridor delivered in just five weeks, compared with the usual 12 using traditional methods.
VolkerFitzpatrick – 17-23 Bentinck Street
17-23 Bentinck Street was a row of Edwardian townhouses in the heart of a conservation area in Marylebone, London, that has undergone a complete transformation.
The six-storey office building behind the façade was entirely demolished and replaced by contemporary office and residential space, with the façade restored to its early-20th-century condition.
The scheme was cited as a “model project” by the deputy leader of Westminster Council, whose office was in close proximity, and it has been held up as an example for other contractors working in the area.
VolkerFitzpatrick – Gatwick Airport Main Runway Rehabilitation
The 3.3 km runway at Gatwick airport serves 53 aircraft movements per hour and is the world’s busiest single runway.
The runway refurbishment had to minimise the impact on the airport’s demanding flight schedule, with the runway and its lights returned to full CAT III status in time for winter flying.
Possession was granted six nights per week, with a five-and-a-half-hour window on each occasion. The runway was handed back on time, with all 313 possessions running smoothly and without fail.
Willmott Dixon Construction – Notre Dame Catholic College
Notre Dame College was the first of a wave of schools funded by Liverpool Council’s Schools Investment Programme.
A new design was created for the school, developed from the council’s Liverpool Schools Concept where a large ‘shell’ space is delivered efficiently at minimal cost, allowing independent design of the interior to suit each school’s specific needs.
The project was completed in 52 weeks, compared with 74 weeks for a typical programme on a school of similar size, with £3.5m of the £16m saved through design and reinvested.