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BCIA International shortlist

Six international projects were vying for the 2003 British Construction Industry Awards as NCEI went to press. Watch next month's NCEI for the winning scheme. BCIA entries are made in Small Projects, Building, Civil Engineering, Major Projects and International categories.

British Construction Industry International Award 2003 is open to projects of any size outside the UK in which either the principal designer or the principal contractor is a UK-based firm.

Twelve entries were shortlisted to six schemes by the judging panel. Presentations on these schemes were made by the project teams to the BCI Awards International judges in London. The judges then travelled to site for interviews and first hand inspections.


Friendship Bridge,

Bhairab, Bangladesh

Scour and the possibility of sudden radical changes in the river's course and depth dominated the Bhairab Bridge scheme from concept to construction.

The road bridge crossing, near to an old rail bridge, links to the tea and vegetable growing districts in the north east of Bangladesh and replaces a not too reliable ferry. Its construction involved a mix of precisely specified high technology for items such as the cantilevered insitu concrete deck and a large workforce on river training banks applying appropriate labour intensive methods such as muckshifting by headpans.

Client: Bangladesh Roads & Highways Department

Cost: $118M

Employer's Representative: Halcrow Group

Contractor: Edmund Nuttall

Lead designer: Jacobs Gibb

Designer for main bridge: Benaim (UK)


Metro Civils Works Package

Phases 1 & 2A

The civil works of the first 14km of Denmark's new metro system has been a mammoth undertaking, much of it in water-saturated ground.

The bare statistics give a clue: Six deep and one shallow underground stations; 10 ventilation and escape shafts; 9km of running tunnels; 3km of twin track viaduct; two at grade and three elevated stations. Designer was FaberMaunsell and Carillion led the construction joint venture.

Client: Orestad Development Corporation

Cost: $995M

Principal designer: FaberMaunsell

Principal contractor: Comet joint venture

JV partners: Carillion Capital Projects (lead partner), Bachy Soletanche, Eiffage, Strabag

CERN Large Hadron

Collider Project, Package 1, Switzerland

The Large Hadron Collider involves a very substantial reconstruction to the CERN particle accelerator which is built into a ring shaped tunnel deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland.

A large cavern to house equipment for the new Hadron collider had to be opened up around existing experimental apparatus which had to remain in use for as long as possible. This was achieved by using a pioneering British-designed roof for the cavern in which subterranean cable stays anchored all support loads high up and remote from the sensitive equipment near to which rock excavation was taking place. The tunnelled cable stay array is a development of a concept first used on the Pergau hydroelectric project in Malaysia.

Client: CERN, European Laboratory for Particle Physics

Cost: $73.5M

Principal designer: EDF-Knight Piesold joint venture

Contractor: JVCCC (Joint Venture CERN Civil Contractors)

Umoja House, Co-location Embassy Offices,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

British architect Manser won the competition for the pioneering joint embassy for Germany and the Netherlands combined with a British High Commission and European Community offices.

Dominant feature of the building is its sinuous concrete roof shading the central courtyard between two concrete framed office blocks. These are arranged throughout to create naturally the most comfortable possible working conditions at this tropical site.

The novel joint use of the embassy complex heightened the normal challenge of such diplomatic buildings which have to be in part open and welcoming and in part highly secure.

Client: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Project sponsor: Mike Kelly

Cost: $21M

Principal designer: The Manser Practice

Principal contractor: Noremco

Engineer: Building Design Partnership

Project manager: Gleeds BBL

Quantity surveyor: Barker Williams & Smith

Tres Aguas,

Madrid, Spain

Tres Aguas sees the UK's Bluewater, Kent, retail park development team delivering a major shopping centre and leisure complex in the south west suburbs of the Spanish capital.

The design is described as a contemporary interpretation of the walled town Avila. It is tempered by the need to satisfy tastes of potential customers tuned to one of Europe's most stylish cities.

Client: Lend Lease Espana

Principal designer: Building Design Partnership

Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease

The Spire of Dublin

The bold concept of a monument consisting of a stainless steel tube cantilevering 120m into the sky from a 3m diameter piled base to a slim 150mm pole at its apex would appear to be an invitation to wind induced oscillation.

Very substantial research and much engineering effort went into making sure that the spire would be stable. The highest section of the monument is perforated with 11,000 holes to minimise vortex shedding while tuned mass dampers are incorporated lower down. As-built performance is claimed to be within 2% of predictions.

Client: Dublin City Council

Cost: $7.6M

Principal designer: Arup

Principal contractor: Siac/Radley joint venture

Architect: Ian Ritchie Architects

Tuned mass damper subcontractor: Motioneering

Planning supervisor-design: Arup Consulting Engineers Ireland

Cost consultant: David Langdon & Everest

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