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.
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
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
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
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
Principal designer: The Manser Practice
Principal contractor: Noremco
Engineer: Building Design Partnership
Project manager: Gleeds BBL
Quantity surveyor: Barker Williams & Smith
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
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