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Major projects make for a strong line-up for Project of the Year (over £50m)

A number of high-profile major projects are nominated in this category, including work on the Olympic Park and its venues, the M25 widening and The Shard.

Projects with a budget value of more than £50m were eligible for this category, which also saw entries for a prison, a cancer centre and improvements to the A1.

This award is given to construction teams who deserve recognition for a high standard of work, adherence to budget and client satisfaction – all in a healthy and safe working environment.

Judges were also looking for evidence of sustainability, value engineering, supply chain best practice and innovation.

It was open to projects that achieved practical completion, or equivalent, between November 2011 and March 2013.


Bam Nuttall – Olympic Park Infrastructure Work
Bam Nuttall was the only ever-present contractor on the Olympic Park, being both the ‘first in’ and the ‘last out’. Its work on the Park’s infrastructure had no room for error, and Bam’s efforts gave all other contractors who followed a good start. The landscaping, in particular, impressed all those who visited the Park.

Carillion/Morgan Sindall JV – A1 Dishforth to Leeming
This major infrastructure project was completed three months before the scheduled completion date, coming in under budget. Health and safety was a major focus, with 2.75m man-hours worked without a reportable accident and clear evidence that it had been monitored closely to achieve tangible results.

Kier – HMP Oakwood (formerly known as HMP Featherstone 2)
HMP Oakwood will become the UK’s largest prison once fully occupied, and Kier developed a range of innovative building techniques on this project. More than 15,000 precast units were made offsite by four separate manufacturers, and the overall design has enabled operator G4S to reduce staffing levels while enhancing security levels.

Mace – The Shard
Due to early planning delays, Mace had to deliver Western Europe’s tallest building in just 38 months, re-thinking some basic construction principles in the process. Innovations included the UK’s largest ever concrete pour and the first use of jump-lift construction in the UK. The results are there for all to see on London’s skyline.

Sir Robert McAlpine – Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
These venues were constructed under one roof for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. One challenge was the installation of two 93 m-span roof trusses over each venue: to minimise work at height, these were constructed on the ground in sections before being lifted into position. Athletes and spectators alike have been impressed so far.

Skanska Balfour Beatty JV – M25 DBFO Widening, J16-23 & J27-30 & refurbishment of Hatfield Tunnel
The massive scale of this project, coupled with the time constraints in the run-up to the Olympics, presented considerable challenges to the JV. An extra lane was added to 62 km of motorway and three lanes of traffic had to be maintained at all times. Despite work starting late, the final opening was delivered two months early.

Skanska – UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre
The client was extremely happy with the results of Skanska’s work on this hospital, creating a world-class healthcare facility. A high level of workmanship ensured the large amount of exposed concrete was aesthetically excellent, with the building’s sustainable credentials demonstrated by its BREEAM Excellent rating.

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