GRADUATE ENGINEERS from consultant Arup swept the board at this year's Teambuild competition, carrying off the £1,500 first prize as well as the Contract Strategy Award.
Over a gruelling 48 hours of trials, the ThinQ: Tank team held off nine other rivals last month at Loughborough University.
Now in its 12th year, Teambuild aims to combat industry fragmentation by challenging multidisciplinary teams to harness the skills of architects, services engineers, surveyors and builders.
The challenge also makes up four days of continuing professional development (CPD).
This year's task was to develop a complex brownfield project from concept to construction, described by winning team coordinator Tariq Pandor as 'very intense. 'It gave us a chance to work on many aspects of the construction process, and appreciate other disciplines and see things from their point of view, ' he said.
The team included Julia Thomas from contractor Balfour Beatty and Simon Jesson from Associated Architects, as well as Arup's Tariq, James Watts and Michael Stone.
The key to success was true teamwork, Tariq added. 'Only two of the final nine teams had contractors. The teams with a wider cross section of disciplines tended to do better, so it was one of our strengths.'
Chairman of the judges Alan Crane agreed. 'One significant discipline missing across nearly all the teams was that of the constructor; the contractor input is vital to project delivery and needs to be reflected in the makeup of the teams.
'We can be the best designers but we must get the contractor involved to get the best result; it really does pay dividends.'
ICE Council member Rob Greenwood called for more sponsors to help the competition grow.
'We have to celebrate the abilities of all the teams that took part in Teambuild 2004.
Sponsors must now push ahead to expand the competition so more young professionals will experience the power created by team working, ' he said.
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