This category celebrates some of the largest projects from the past 12 months, including railway hubs, airport terminals, town halls and power stations.
Balfour Beatty – Reading elevated railway
After seven years, the £900m investment programme to improve the station and carry out track work at Reading station is now drawing to a close.
A critical rail hub, the £70m elevated railway is the last piece in Network Rail’s programme to unlock this notorious bottleneck.
Balfour Beatty delivered the largest reinforced concrete structure on the UK rail network a year ahead of programme, with all project milestones achieved on time and to budget.
The firm also became the first contractor to receive NR’s Quality Coin on the Western Route, reflecting the high standard of its work.
Bam Ferrovial Kier joint venture - Crossrail C300/C410 western running tunnels and station caverns
BFK constructed 64 m of twin-bore running tunnels from Royal Oak to Farringdon, passing within 700 mm of operational London Underground infrastructure.
The team removed 1.3m tonnes of spoil from central London using underground conveyors and main line railway, achieving over 98 per cent diversion of waste from landfill.
The C300/C410 is the largest project on Crossrail at £700m in value, with major challenges including tunnelling under the Network Rail mainline into Paddington during the Olympics.
Heathrow Airport – Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal
The original Terminal 2, opened in 1955, was Heathrow’s first passenger terminal.
Designed to welcome 1m people per year, when it closed in 2009 nearly 8m passengers were passing through.
Terminal 2A, The Queen’s Terminal, was delivered on time and on budget at the centre of the world’s busiest two-runway airport.
Around 25,000 people worked on the project during its construction and the building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating – a world-first for an airport terminal building.
Heathrow has since moved all 26 airlines into the building without issue.
Kier Construction – Five Pancras Square, King’s Cross
Five Pancras Square is one of the UK’s first inner-city buildings to achieve BREEAM Outstanding, and is the first building of its kind to combine a swimming pool, leisure centre, library, customer access centre, café and office accommodation while achieving such a high environmental rating.
Its design-stage BREEAM score of 93.05 per cent was the highest of any building in 2013.
During construction, the façade specialist and steel frame subcontractor both went into receivership, but proactive management and innovation kept the project on track.
Laing O’Rourke and Manchester City Council – Manchester Town Hall Complex transformation
The project to transform Manchester’s Grade II-listed Town Hall Complex was completed on time and to budget by Laing O’Rourke.
The project saw the contractor transform two of Manchester’s most beloved buildings, the Central Library and Town Hall Extensions.
Heritage restoration was combined with complex engineering interventions to create more environmentally friendly and flexible workspaces, coupled with a more accessible, multifunctional public facility.
The team created 78 apprenticeships, kept 82 per cent of procurement spend within Greater Manchester and recycled 98 per cent of project waste.
MPT Manchester – Metrolink, Airport Line
As part of Manchester’s £1bn Metrolink expansion, the Airport Line stands out as a high-profile project requiring complex civil, system and railway engineering, coupled with environmental impact mitigation and extensive public liaison.
Covering 14 km, the route passes through various conurbations and opened to passengers within budget and 12 months ahead of schedule.
The team recycled 97 per cent of excavated materials and saw the use of offsite construction for tram stops and modular substations.
Shepherd – Drax Power Station
Shepherd supported the UK’s largest ever coal-to-sustainable-biomass conversion at Drax Power Station.
Typically suppling 7-8 per cent of the UK’s electricity, the conversion of three of Drax’s six generators will shape the future of low-carbon energy generation.
Two units have been converted so far, with the third expected to be complete between July 2015 and June 2016.
Technical innovations were required to eliminate fire risks surrounding dust generated from biomass pellets, so Shepherd designed and implemented clear spanning thin-shell concrete dome structures to eradicate dust traps and ledges – a UK first.
The project’s AFR is 0.12 to date, lower than the HSE industry benchmark set by the Olympics of 0.17.
Skanska Balfour Beatty joint venture – M25 LUS, Managed Motorway All Lanes Running
The M25 Later Upgrade Sections is the first Managed Motorway All Lanes Running project to be completed in the UK.
The scheme comprises two sections: J5-7 and J23-27, valued at £321m.
Managed motorways see technology used to monitor and inform drivers, while All Lanes Running uses the existing hard shoulder as a permanent running lane.
The team recycled more than 760,000 tonnes of spoil and 500,000 tonnes of aggregates into the works, reducing the carbon footprint by 80 per cent compared with traditional widening schemes.
The project came in 25 per cent under budget (£80m) and saved 43 weeks on the programme.