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

Winner: Bam Nuttall – Olympic Park Infrastructure Work

Visitors to the Olympic Park during the Games were blown away by what they saw: the venues, the athletes, the unprecedented success of Team GB.

Behind it all, though, was the infrastructure of the Park itself – and Bam Nuttall laid the groundwork for everything else that followed.

The firm has been the only ever-present contractor throughout the lifecycle of the Olympic Park and this caught the imagination of our judges.

Bam Nuttall was awarded contracts in four areas: structures, roads and bridges; landscaping and public realms; Olympic screening areas; and enabling works.

Acting as the starting point for all of the construction work on the site, there was no room for failure. If the work had overrun, every other contractor would then have been behind schedule. This did not happen. Rather, Bam Nuttall set every other contractor up to succeed.

“Fantastic end product, major value engineering, high percentage of apprenticeships, strong sustainability credentials, designed with legacy in mind, super achievement on safety, innovative”

Judges’ comment

The project’s sustainability credentials were also impressive. On top of a CEEQUAL score of 94 per cent, the firm used value engineering to come up with a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the problem of dealing with the site’s contaminated ground.

With 1.5m tonnes of soil excavated for remediation, it would have taken 86,780 lorry movements to transport it off site, along with all the associated energy costs and traffic impacts.

Instead, Bam Nuttall built a dedicated onsite ‘soil hospital’. This processed not just excavated soil, but also other materials from the 215 buildings demolished during the site clearance phase.

It was able to remove a wide range of organic and inorganic contaminants, resulting in more than 93 per cent of excavated materials, and over 97 per cent of demolition materials, being re-used on site.

The wetland area bridges project in particular achieved impressive sustainability results. This involved the construction of two bridges in the north of the park, straddling the wetlands and linking the eastern area with the west. Bam used crushed recycled glass to surface the bridge, with the structures themselves providing habitats for birds and bats.

The bridges finished as the highest-scoring CEEQUAL project ever on their completion date, achieving an ‘Excellent whole project award’ of 98.3 per cent.

Beyond the statistics, all of the judges recounted their own visits to the Olympic Park, commenting on how impressed they all were at how good it looked.

They underlined that much of this work was carried out in the background with little fanfare, yet was integral to the success of the Games.

Most of all, they felt that, even though the project was quite unusual and was not even a building, it was a very worthy winner that deserved recognition.

Finalists

Carillion/Morgan Sindall JV A1 Dishforth to Leeming

Kier HMP Oakwood (formerly known as HMP Featherstone 2)

Mace The Shard

Sir Robert McAlpine Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Skanska UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre

Skanska/Balfour Beatty JV M25 DBFO Widening J16-23 & J27-30 & Refurbishment of Hatfield Tunnel

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