The £10m-£50m shortlist features a huge range of sectors, from event arenas and arts colleges through to road bridges and nuclear plants.
Bam Construction – Barclaycard Arena (formerly the NIA) refurbishment & extension
This complex £26m project to refurbish and extend the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham was delivered four weeks early and on budget.
The arena stayed operational for all but two 13-week periods, with the rest of the work carried out while events were staged.
This posed a particular challenge, as any disruption could have had serious consequences, such as demolition around the business IT hub, for example.
The steel-framed extension has improved access to the city, with Bam handing over the project in 22 separate sections.
Costain – A244 Walton Bridge project
Walton Bridge is a new Thames river crossing that will carry 34,000 vehicles and 600 pedestrians and cyclists daily.
This new structure has replaced two outdated bridges and has resulted in new views and improvements to navigation that had been restricted for 250 years.
This is the first new Thames road crossing in more than 20 years and was the first in the UK to be wholly designed and fabricated to the new European Standards.
There were no reportable incidents in over three years of construction, with work delivered on time and to budget.
Morgan Sindall – Sellafield accommodation project, Albion Square
Albion Square provides first-rate office accommodation for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, relocating 1,000 staff from Sellafield to the centre of Whitehaven.
The two four-storey buildings come with strong environmental credentials, achieving BREEAM Excellent and EPC A.
The team left a strong local legacy, too, with 146 hours and more than £11,000 of materials donated to community projects, plus seven apprentices and 19 work placement opportunities created.
More than 300,000 hours were worked with no reportable incidents and the project came in nine weeks ahead of schedule and 11 per cent under budget.
Skanska Building, London & South-east – 100 Cheapside
100 Cheapside, a nine-storey building providing 85,000 sq ft of office space, was a technically challenging building constructed in a tight city location.
The project has impressive sustainability credentials, achieving LEED Platinum and BREEAM Excellent.
It also includes a number of design innovations, such as a single-stair solution, a redesign of the open roof plant area to provide an accessible terrace for tenants, and the capacity for multiple occupants.
Skanska UK – Bath Spa University ‘Commons’
This project has transformed facilities for students and staff at Bath Spa University, creating state-of-the-art teaching facilities that include the largest media wall in the South-east and an outside amphitheatre.
The project lay at the end of a 3.2 km drive – the university’s only campus entrance – meaning that logistics and safety were crucial and planned to exacting detail throughout.
The build took 104 weeks and was completed early and on budget.
Vinci Construction UK – St John Bosco Arts College
St John Bosco Arts College is a new-build secondary Catholic girls’ school in Croxteth, Liverpool, with a unique design to maximise its potential for future reconfiguration into another use, such as a sports centre, office or industrial accommodation.
Vinci was appointed to design and build the school through a private sector developer on behalf of Liverpool City Council.
The building provides a mix of learning environments with an open space, The Hill, at the centre.
It was delivered on time and within budget.
VolkerFitzpatrick – Gatwick Airport station redevelopment
With more than 15m passengers arriving and leaving by train each year, it’s crucial that Gatwick Airport station is as accessible and efficient as it can be.
VolkerFitzpatrick completed the project with minimum disruption to passengers, despite highly intrusive works on the concourse and platforms.
The work featured a number of complex engineering elements, complicated further by the discovery of an unmarked and largely forgotten Second World War munitions dump on site.
Handed over on date and to budget, with no possession overruns, on-time arrivals at the station have increased by 30 per cent since completion, with on-time departures also up by 8 per cent.