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Trio of new CN Awards categories showcase changing industry

The industry never stands still and neither does the Construction News Awards, so this year we’ve added three new categories to recognise innovation and evolution. In the first of a series of features, Daniel Kemp sets out what has made this year’s finalists stand out.

VIP and Premium tables for this year’s awards on 11 July 2013 at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel have already sold out, so book yours now to avoid disappointment – call Shane on 020 3033 2657 or book online here.

You can follow the Construction News Awards on Twitter @CNAwards13, #CNAwards, and check out the finalists’ mugshots on the awards website.

Here is an introduction to those new categories and the companies shortlisted for them.

Supply Chain Excellence

In lean and difficult economic times, the relationship between supply chain partners can come under intense scrutiny as margins are tight and pressure to complete work on time and under budget is high.

But this pressure can also produce innovative solutions, effective partnerships and drive true collaboration as teams work together to successfully complete projects.

The Supply Chain Excellence award recognises outstanding performance by a supply chain, where all members have worked together towards a common goal and can demonstrate improved performance in a number of areas including sustainability, fair payment terms and practices, early contractor involvement and common health and safety goals.


CEMEX/Aggregate Industries joint venture – A1 Dishforth to Leeming

Two companies that are more used to competing against one another than working together co-operated to use all of their local resources on the A1 Dishforth to Barton project. The team was very closely integrated with the client, and throughout the supply chain down to the individual lorry drivers working on the project. Favourable payment terms and health and safety practices were also in evidence on this project.

HE Simm – Focus 30

The Focus 30 initiative aims to implement 30 key strategies over 30 months to improve both company practices and supply chain partnerships. The main goals are to improve quality and service levels through KPIs, develop a new supply chain charter through collaboration and honesty, and improve health and safety and sustainability. It recognises the importance of a robust supply chain to a thriving business.

Lloyds Banking Group, EC Harris, Havelock Europa, ISG, Sharkeys, Styles & Wood and Wates – One Construction Alliance

The One Construction Alliance was formed by LBG to deliver its capital budget of £250m per annum, consisting of more than 600 projects. The OCA drives through the investment, supported by a fully integrated supply chain. LBG has allied with six key partners, with everyone collaborating and working towards a common goal.

Scape, in partnership with F+G, Pick Everard, Willmott Dixon and Kier

Scape has four national partner frameworks to provide a fast and cost-effective route to market for any construction service the public sector needs. The firm specialises in local authority procurement and construction, enabling local business to be engaged across a national supply chain.

Skanska UK and Hanson

Cementation Skanska collaborated closely with Hanson on the piling contract for London’s Bloomberg Square, bringing numerous parties together to develop a new sustainable concrete solution. The previous limit on incorporating waste material into concrete was doubled, with new supply lines established and proved for more than 8,000 tonnes of secondary aggregate into London per month.

BIM Initiative of the Year

In just a few short years building information modelling has changed from being something you had heard about, to something you knew about, to something you absolutely need to be implementing in your business.

As the government mandate for using BIM on all public sector projects draws closer, it has become something contractors, clients and specialist subcontractors alike will need to excel in to win work in the future.

The BIM Initiative of the Year award recognises outstanding performance in adoption and application of BIM, looking particularly for evidence of an integrated supply chain working through the application of BIM, efficiencies as a result of using the technology, improved performance and a company culture in which BIM is embedded.



4BIM provides a browser-based viewer for 3D BIM models, allowing any project member to review and interact with them without the need for significant training or specialist software. The programme allows collaboration on a single model, including tags and annotations. The aim is to make collaborative open BIM accessible and achievable for all.

Balfour Beatty – Heathrow T2B, effective use of BIM in support of construction delivery

BIM processes and technologies were used in a pragmatic way to support design development, planning, pre-construction methodology and construction delivery on this complex project. In particular, the delivery approach of two large AHU modules was reviewed in BIM, ensuring the least disruption to wider airport operations.


Described as the “most complex single BIM project in the world”, more than 100 separate design and construction contracts were integrated through Crossrail’s BIM initiative. As well as resulting in efficient asset management for the future railway operator, Crossrail is sharing BIM technologies and other lessons learned with Network Rail and High Speed 2.

Great Portland Estates and Mace – 240 Blackfriars

This building was originally designed in 2008 using 2D drafting and CAD, but was revisited in 2011 using BIM. This minimised risk and maximised efficiency on a geometrically complex design that changed from the original plan. GPE drove BIM’s use and believes that its success can serve as an industry blueprint.

Laing O’Rourke, Ryder Architecture, Manchester City Council, NG Bailey, Davis Langdon – The Manchester Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme

This project used BIM to realise the ideal of collaborative working between all parties. It was used across many aspects of the design, and 3D tours provided reassurance to key stakeholders that the building’s heritage was being preserved. It was also key to designing the building’s complex vertical circulation core.

NBS – National BIM Library

NBS’ is creating a national library of BIM components, allowing designers to download both generic and proprietary BIM objects for free, removing the need for designers to generate their own libraries. Clients will also benefit from seeing consistent models over multiple projects. It has been recognised by the BIM Task Group.

Skanska UK – Woodlands School, Essex

Skanska employed a number of new BIM tools and techniques on its Woodlands School project in 2012. Facilities management was integrated at an early stage, creating long-term benefits for the company through the delivery of a FM-friendly BIM dataset. The company recognises the benefits BIM helps drive in areas such as innovation, soft landings and early supply chain involvement.

Thomas Vale Construction – InFormed Education

This tool enables school buildings to be designed very quickly. The software uses clients’ responses to directly inform designs, creating the spaces required in a BIM environment. Users can see the results in real time, including a cost plan, and the model is further enhanced by using a market-tested library of components.

Digital Built Britain

Whole-life costing and how an asset performs right through to its deconstruction are all areas that contractors and designers must increasingly take into account on construction projects – alongside the traditional considerations.

Data is vital to understanding and planning for the lifecycle of a building, and the inaugural Digital Built Britain award provides a platform for UK initiatives where the innovative use of data enhances the lifecycle value of a building or infrastructure asset during its design, construction or use.

It is backed by the UK BIM Task Group in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Construction Industry Council.


Amtech Group – Amtech XG
Amtech XG is designed to be a data-rich BIM model for the entire lifecycle of a building. It allows every item within the model to be assessed, designed, placed, costed and maintained for the first time, regardless of where in the construction cycle the client is.

Commercial Applications Company – Tunnel Information Management
TIM is a new web-based system for managing tunnel construction. Bringing together the different elements of the process for the first time, TIM generates reports and creates a graphical representation of the tunnel’s route, enabling potential issues to be identified before they become a problem.

This tool allows users to create fully formatted site reports on the go. Data, from text to dictated speech, is entered onto a tablet or mobile device, and the programme generates the report automatically. Reports are sent out immediately and also stored in the cloud for easy access, greatly reducing the turnover time for writing reports.

Mott MacDonald – BIM/STEPS Interface
This interface allows users to import a BIM digital model straight into STEPS in minutes, saving the days it previously took to create a 3D model in the STEPS environment. Users can model how pedestrians will act in a public space, predict people’s behaviour and then make changes accordingly.

NBS Create
ING Media claims this is the world’s first “intelligent digital model”, supporting the future of UK digital construction. This tool enables an entire project team to work on a single, integrated specification, resulting in one published document. It contains 12,000 technical clauses and is designed to support the growth of BIM as an information-rich database.

SAP UK – Virtual Design and Construction
SAP UK’s Virtual Design and Construction allows organisations to manage their businesses through the use of geometry. The company aims to provide open systems that integrate with a range of CAD, 2D and 3D file types, helping companies to exploit 3D models to enhance their businesses.

The PODFather eTicketing for Earthworks
This electronic ticketing system aims to replace handwritten paper tickets for recording material movement. Currently being used by Bam Nuttall on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the system captures data far more accurately than paper. It provides ‘closed loop’ tracking of material, saving time in the process.

The Digital Built Britain category is sponsored by

CIC Construction Industry Council logo

Government Soft Landings BIM logo

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