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Construction News Awards finalists: Project of the Year (over £50m)

This category recognises the outstanding major projects of the past year with a value of more than £50m, ranging from libraries and museums to arenas and viaducts.

4Delivery and Southern Water – Cleaner Seas for Sussex Project

The £300m Cleaner Seas for Sussex project was Southern Water’s largest ever capital scheme.

It featured technically difficult elements, with virtually the entire project constructed below ground or out of sight.

The work overcame some initial challenges with planning to become accepted into the community, with careful community engagement minimising impact and ensuring the scheme finished on time and budget.

Carillion – Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is one of the flagship projects in the Big City Plan, the ambitious programme for the redevelopment of Birmingham launched in 2008.

The eye-catching building was conceived to replace the previously Brutalist library, with Carillion acting as main contractor on the scheme.

The project was completed on time and under budget, saving £6.5m for taxpayers and leaving a legacy for the local community – 14,000 visitors per day will be able to use the library.

Lend Lease – SSE Hydro Arena

Finished on time and on budget, the £93m 12,500-capacity SEE Hydro is Scotland’s largest entertainment venue.

The technically challenging build was carried out during two very harsh winters that affected the programme, but the project was still completed to schedule.

More than 2m man-hours were worked without any RIDDORs, a rating of BREEAM Very Good was achieved, and feedback from both the client and early users of the building has been extremely positive.

Mace – The Place

The Place makes use of a cantilevered design to maximise usable office space within a very constrained site – a complex engineering challenge that the Mace team delivered safely and on budget.

Work took place close to London Bridge station, with the bus station there running underneath the cantilevered structure.

The bus station had to be realigned in time for the 2012 Olympics before construction continued upwards, with steelwork going up 24 hours per day.

Mace – The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, The British Museum

One of the largest redevelopments in the British Museum’s 260-year history, the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre comprises a deep basement structure up to six stories below street level, with two new steel-frame buildings constructed above.

It combines four functions into one building: a 1,100 sq m special exhibitions gallery; a 6,000 sq m storage facility for the collection; laboratories and studios; and a logistics centre.

The project was completed on time and to budget, with no RIDDORS reported throughout 1.2m man-hours.

MPT – Manchester Metrolink Phase 3

The largest light rail project in the UK, Manchester’s Metrolink Phase 3 extends the network to Rochdale and East Didsbury, with a further extension to Manchester Airport due to complete this year.

MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, Thales and VolkerRail, was awarded the £900m scheme in June 2008 to install 240 km of new rail, 60 km of track/highway alignment, 55 tram stops, 19 bridges and refurbish 250 structures.

At peak, £1m was spent every two days, but was completed to time and budget and has been a catalyst for economic regeneration in the Greater Manchester area.

Skanska Building LSE – Brent Civic Centre

Brent Civic Centre is the first BREEAM Outstanding public building, nestled between Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

Skanska designed and installed an innovative CHP plant to provide heating and cooling fuelled by waste fish oil, with intelligent weather monitoring controlling the building’s natural ventilation.

Local community reaction has been extremely positive so far and the council has been able to decant staff from 14 different buildings within the borough to this one facility.

Skanska Civil Engineering – Borough Viaduct

The Borough Viaduct is a major civil engineering and building project located within Borough Market and adjacent to Southwark Cathedral in central London.

The market has a weekly public footfall of 150,000 visitors, requiring careful consideration, with 283 party wall awards also needed before work could proceed.

The Borough High Street Bridge was the most high-profile element of the project, creating a new gateway to the City of London, and it was launched across the street in a single weekend road closure with no rail closure needed. The project was completed on time and under budget.

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