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BCIA Small project shortlist

This week the countdown begins to the British Construction Industry Awards 2002 which will be presented at the London Hilton on Wednesday 23 October.

Full results of the Awards with details of all the winning and highly commended projects will be published in New Civil Engineer on 24 October.

Our coverage begins with the Small Project category which covers building or civil engineering projects up to £3M in value. Ten of the 43 entries were chosen by the judges for their 'Selected List' of projects from which the winner will be announced on 23 October.

Four of the 10 were also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building for public sector buildings and infrastructure projects of any size. This award is jointly sponsored by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Mike Winney describes the shortlisted projects.

Downland Gridshell, Chichester Weald & Downland Museum is a collection of rescued ancient buildings re-erected and restored to demonstrate their original configuration in a parkland setting.

The museum needed stable climate controlled storage conditions for small artefacts and a large enclosed space for working on timber building frames.

Client: Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Cost: £1.82M

Principal designer: Edward Cullinan Architects

Structural engineer: Buro Happold

Contractor: EA Chiverton

Other firms: Green Oak Carpentry

Earth Centre, Conference Centre & Entrance Hall, Doncaster Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award From the outset the Earth Centre's Conference Centre was designed to be a showcase for low energy use and materials recycling.

Features include an ideal hillside exposure to the southern sun; recycled crushed concrete gabions as primary walls of the semi basement structure; timber from local salvage yards; whittled down telegraph poles as roof columns and a water filled underground tank intended to store energy from the summer sun.

The overall result, inside, is a surprisingly attractive building.

Client: Earth Centre

Cost: £2.65M

Principal designer: Dunster Architects

Engineer: Mark Lovell Design

Engineers Contractor: Taylor Woodrow Construction

Other firms: TW Engineering & Consultancy; Ove Arup; Hewlett Civil Engineering; Phi Group; CTM (Timber) Ltd; Matthew & Yates, Baekert (Twill); Scolfields - Salvage; Rational.

4 Alfred Place, Bristol An unpromising derelict scrap of land above the portal of a disused railway tunnel has been transformed into a spectacular modern 300m 2live/work residence for a relatively modest cost. It incorporates features that should save long term running costs, such as solar aided heating, very high levels of insulation, 16mm gap double glazing, water saving taps and toilets and stack effect natural ventilation.

Client: Sandie and Mike Macrae

Cost: £325,000

Principal designer: Mike Macrae (architects), Ian Duncan (structures)

Contractor: Pyramid Construction

City Learning Centre, Bristol Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award City Learning Centre sprang up in just 21 weeks on a spare corner of Bristol's pioneering comprehensive Brislington School. The new building is a low cost structure intended to have the maximum possible flexibility to use computers and information technology as an educational aid rather than an end in itself.

Along with services the steel structure is largely exposed within this pioneer building, commissioned as part of the Government's Excellence in Cities Initiative.

Client: Bristol City Council

Cost: £1.15M Principal designer: Alec French Partnership

Engineer: WM MDP

Contractor: Bluestone

M25 Flint Hill Farm Cutting Slope Stabilisation, Godstone Autumn 2000's exceptionally high rainfall triggered a major slope failure in an M25 motorway cutting between junctions 5 and 6 near Godstone, Surrey. Overnight on 19 December a 200m length of the hard shoulder lifted some 150mm. Evidence of a substantial ground movement was apparent for 80m up the slope.

A remedial works contract was let under ECC Option E (Cost Plus) - the first use of this cost plus contract by the Highways Agency.

A mix of piling together with cut off and counterfort drains was used to stabilise the slope, on time and for 30% less than the original estimate.

Client: Highways Agency, Dorking

Cost: £2.8M

Principal designer: Mott MacDonald (Area 3 network manager)

Contractor: Raynesway Construction Southern

Other firms: Stent Foundations (piling), Foundation & Exploration Services (ground investigation)

Sixth Avenue Apartments, York Sixth Avenue Apartments demonstrates that factory built modular housing can make an attractive alternative to traditional on-site construction as well as having substantial advantages in terms of quality control and affordability. The building was designed, manufactured and constructed in 14 months.

Client: Yorkshire Housing

Cost: £1.96M

Principal designer: Cartwright Pickard Architects

Contractor: Yorkon

Other firms: Shepherd Consulting; Engineering Design Partnership; Popplewell Associates; HBS Construction

Memorial Gardens, Peel Centre, Hendon Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award The Memorial Gardens is a peaceful oasis created in the midst of the Metropolitan Police Peel Centre in north London.

The intention was to establish a calm garden in the space between the former police cadet school dormitory blocks built in 1968.

These have been refurbished for general use by the service. The garden is a memorial to the men and women of the Metropolitan Police who lost their lives on active service.

Client: The Commissioner for the Metropolis, New Scotland Yard

Cost: £75,000 (including cadet block refurbishment)

Principal designer: Director of Property Services

Architect: Churchman Associates Contractor: LDC International

Other firms: John Mowlem Construction; The Lettering Centre; Rattee & Kett; Albion Stone

Mount Stuart Visitors Centre, Isle of Bute The public has only relatively recently been welcomed to 19th century Mount Stuart House - the extraordinary and elaborate pile on the Isle of Bute. The new Visitors Centre and entrance is an uncompromisingly modern design commissioned for Mount Stuart Trust by Johnny Bute who is pressing ahead with making full use of the property.

Client: Mount Stuart Trust

Cost: £1M Principal designer: Munkenbeck + Marshall Architects

Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates

Contractor: Thomas Johnstone

Other firms: Atelier Ten (services); Doig & Smith (QS); James Alexander Sinclair (landscape)

Juniper House, King's Lynn Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award Much care has gone into fitting the mixed office and residential development into its historic setting in King's Lynn. The linked cluster of buildings, which replaced a nondescript two storey office block, includes offices for the borough planning department, three flats, two houses and an attractive courtyard garden.

Client: Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

Cost: £2.5M

Principal designer: Jeremy Stacey Architects

Engineer: Michael Barclay Partnership

Contractor: RG Carter Building

Park Drive Sewer Requisition, Rotherham Wilcon Homes needed to find a route for a surface water sewer leading from a 300 house development at Swallownest, Rotherham to the River Rother.

On the way it had to cross a railway line.

Owner Railtrack would not allow an open cut excavation and would only permit tunnelling if zero settlement could be guaranteed. Detailed local research led to the discovery of a long forgotten and totally silted up culvert passing beneath the line near the proposed outfall route. Negotiations with other landowners allowed a simple gravity watercourse to be constructed using the cleaned out and repaired culvert as the rail crossing.

Client: Yorkshire Water

Cost: £372, 000

Principal designer and contractor: Earthtech/Morrison JV

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