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BCIA TURNS 21

Entries for the 2008 British Construction Industry Awards are now in ahead of this 21st anniversary celebration of construction excellence in October.

With hundreds of projects entered, the judging panel looks set to once again face a tough challenge in shortlisting the projects that really stood out last year for delivering high quality infrastructure that delighted its clients and users.

This shortlist of up to 40 projects will be identified across the 12 main categories ahead of the formal judging visits which will then decide the overall category winners and the coveted Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.

Judges this year will be led by Rob Holden, chief executive of client London and Continental who last year saw the High Speed One line delivered on time and to budget.

As in the past, judges will assess entries against quality, cost certainty, safety and team delivery criteria.

The final decision will take into account a range of factors including the quality of design and construction, value for money, application of quality management, performance against prediction and client satisfaction as well as sustainability and 'green issues'.

- The shortlist will be announced in July and winners celebrated at the gala dinner. To reserve your table at the dinner visit the BCIA website www.bciawards.org.uk or contact David Helsen, BCI Awards co-ordinator on 020 8786 6699, consult@helsen.com

BCIA 2008 categories

- The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award Sponsored by CABE and OGC

- BCIA Small Building Project Award

- BCIA Small Civil Engineering Project Award Sponsored by Benaim

- BCIA Building Project Award

- BCIA Civil Engineering Project Award Sponsored by Autodesk

- BCIA Major Project Award Sponsored by Ramboll Whitbybird

- BCIA International Award

- BCIA Best Practice Award Sponsored by May Gurney

- BCIA Local Authority Award Sponsored by Mouchel

- BCIA Environmental Award Sponsored by Atkins

- BCIA Regeneration Award Sponsored by Gifford

- BCIA Conservation Award Sponsored by Hyder Consulting

- BCIA Judges' Special Award Sponsored by Mott MacDonald

- BCIA 21st Anniversary Award Sponsored by Scott Wilson

BCIA 2007 winners

THE PRIME MINISTER’S BETTER PUBLIC BUILDING AWARD

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Yorkshire

Dalby Forest is the largest forest in Yorkshire. Its striking new visitor centre provides not only an outstanding gateway to the forest but is also an example of one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the UK.

BUILDING AWARD

National Cold War Exhibition

This landmark building is the new home for 17 large aircraft as well as many other exhibits and interactive displays forming the first exhibition dedicated to the Cold War. It is already attracting large numbers of visitors from near and far.

SMALL BUILDING AWARD

Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood

The Cass Foundation building provides a new home for British sculpture, set in a wooded estate of outstanding natural beauty – a world class centre for sculpture.

LOCAL AUTHORITY AWARD

Paradise Park Children’s Centre

The new centre is set in an inner city park and combines a nursery, Sure Start Children’s Centre and café to provide a high quality community facility which the client, the London Borough of Islington hopes will be a catalyst for further regeneration.REGENERATION AWARD

Bridge Arts Centre

The Bridge Arts Centre is a hugely welcomed new learning resource within the under-invested Easterhouse area just outside Glasgow. Sited between the existing swimming pool and John Wheatley College the building literally “bridges” the gap with new arts facilities.CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD

RNLI Padstow

The design and construction team worked hard to overcome huge access and environmental demands to create an impressive new home for the latest Tamar class lifeboats in Padstow, Cornwall.

SMALL CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD

Tilford Bridges

The project successfully combined the restoration of a 13th century bridge with the construction of a new bridge alongside. It achieved not only visual harmony, but also balanced the considerable environmental demands along the way.

MAJOR PROJECT AWARD

Emirates Stadium

This landmark project to create a new £275M home for Arsenal Football Club in North London was a textbook example of how to deliver a construction project that meets the client’s needs.INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Hearst Tower

The Hearst Corporation’s new corporate headquarters is not just a striking addition to the New York skyline but also a demonstration of sustainable design thinking which takes the whole concept of green office design in the city a step forward.CONSERVATION AWARD

Roundhouse

This former Victorian brick built steam engine service building has been reconfigured and revamped into one of London’s premier music venues and performance spaces.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

Innovate Green Office

The Innovate Green Office achieved the highest BREEAM score ever awarded - 87.55% - a testimony to the new office building’s “green” credentials.

BEST PRACTICE AWARD

Lower Witham Flood Defence Scheme

This ambitious five-year scheme has improved around 30km of river defences across the fens of Lincolnshire protecting more than 3,000 properties.

JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD

Camp Bastion

There can be no doubt that the £53M project by 48 Field Squadron (Air Support) Royal Engineers to construct Camp Bastion was a truly heroic achievement.

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