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British Construction Industry Awards

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International award

Once again the British Construction Industry International Award attracted a strong entry of overseas projects demonstrating the highest qualities and management in engineering, architectural design, and construction.

The Award for construction exports is open to projects of any size outside the UK in which either the principal designer or the principal contractor is a UK-based British firm.

Ten entries were shortlisted to five 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 further interviews and first hand inspections.

Results of this and all other BCI Awards will be revealed next Wednesday evening at the BCI Awards dinner to be held at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

Details of the winners and commended projects will be published in The Daily Telegraph and an NCE supplement next week.

Al Faisaliah Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The King Faisal Foundation wanted a landmark building taller than any other in Saudi Arabia to celebrate its significance to the Kingdom.

Continuous refinement of the design ensured that the exacting requirements of the client were met in every detail for the 267m high tower and the development for which it forms a beacon.

The tower includes 30 floors of offices and a three level restaurant in a globe shaped aluminium and glass observatory. There is a five star hotel, 100 residential apartments, a retail shopping mall, vast banqueting and exhibition hall seating 4,000 and a car park for 1,700 vehicles as well as a landscaped piazza.

Ambient shade temperatures of up to 52 0C put huge demands on Riyadh's power supply so the building is cooled by a plant which makes ice at night using off peak electricity. Solar gain of the highly glazed tower is controlled by widespread installation of external aluminium shades which keep air conditioning loads well below the norm for the city.

At the peak of construction 4,500 operatives worked on the project, which was completed in May 2000 after three years on site.

Client: King Faisal Foundation Cost: £225M Principal designer: Buro Happold/Sir Norman Foster & Partners Joint Venture Contractor: Saudi Binladin Group Other firms: Turner Steiner (project co-managers); G÷tz Middle East (cladding supplier); ABB Group (M&E supplier); Mitsubishi Saudia (lift and escalator supplier)

Angwa City, Harare, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's Mining Industry Pension Fund wanted to invest in a flagship office and retail development in Harare. The ambition was to complete it to budget, quality and time - a conventional expectation in Europe but something rarely achieved in Zimbabwe.

Early on it was decided to procure the development as design and build, an option not used before for major construction projects in Zimbabwe. Design began in 1997 and construction began in November the same year.

Materials and equipment to be sourced outside the country were purchased early and held in secure storage, which proved to be a sound move as conditions in the local economy worsened and foreign exchange became problematic.

Completion of the 16 storey project was achieved as planned to budget, quality and time in September 2000.

The bulk of the offices - nine of the 10 floors - had been let to anchor tenant Ernst & Young in September 1999.

Client: Mining Industry Pension Fund Cost: Z$620M Concept architect and development manager: SBT Juul (Africa) Design & build contractor: Taylor Woodrow Construction (Taymin Private Ltd) Other firms: Brian Colquhoun & Partners (consulting engineer); Fitzwilliam Partnership (QS): Southgate & Bancroft (project manager and letting agent)

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt Architecture, engineering and construction on a monumental scale were required for the 21st Century recreation of a great library for Alexandria. Eight million volumes and 2,500 readers had to be accommodated in a vast tilted drum-like structure 160m in diameter and clad in 6,300m 2ofhand carved Aswan granite.

Foundations had to be sunk deep into the saline-saturated ground within 200m of the sea front and the entire structure meticulously protected against corrosion to give it a minimum life of two centuries. The structure of the largest reading room in the world has to resist huge uplift forces, has no expansion, contraction or settlement joints and very large span floors supporting bookcases must have near zero deflections.

Nothing was straightforward for lead contractor Balfour Beatty which set to work in a culture where safety is not apparent. Long hours and seven day weeks typified the schedule needed to bring this vast project to successful completion.

Client: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Cost: US$117.5M contract Principal designer (structural and M&E engineer): Hamza Associates Architect: Snohetta AS Contractor: Balfour Beatty/Arab Contractors Joint Venture Other firms: Ameriya-GIG JV (roofing subcontractor);

Granita/Haz JV (granite cladding subcontractor)

New British Embassy, Berlin Reunification of Germany and the return of the federal government to Berlin created the opportunity to rebuild the British embassy at its original site on Wilhelmstrasse, which had been bombed in World War Two and sterilised by the Berlin Wall since the 1960s.

Architect Michael Wilford & Partners won a design commission in a competition in 1994. But the project's start was delayed nearly two years by the UK government's decision to proceed with it as a 60 year term Private Finance Initiative scheme rather than funding the embassy directly. Construction began in September 1998, the boldly sculpted and coloured building was handed over in April 2000 and opened by the Queen in July 2000.

It is a challenging site. Three sides face adjoining properties and treatment of the street frontage was strictly controlled by Berlin's planning guidelines to conform with a 22m high plane. The inside-out response brings light and openness to the heart of the site with a central winter garden, where promotional functions can be held, while the secure functions of the embassy are separated within the offices on the top floor.

Client: Foreign & Commonwealth Office Overseas Estate Department Cost: DM75M Principal designer: Michael Wilford & Partners Structural and M&E engineer:

Whitby & Bird Contractor: Bilfinger & Berger Project manager: Schal International Other firms: Wolfgang Neum³ller (project co-ordinator); Boll & Partner (structural engineer, Germany); Jaeger Morninweg & Partner (M&E engineer, Germany)

Sungai Dinding Bridge, Perak, Malaysia The new 12km long link road around Lumut on the West coast of Malaysia cuts out an hour long drive but had to cross mangrove swamps and three rivers to do it.

During negotiations for a design and build contract it was made clear that Perak State Public Works Department wanted a 'timeless' landmark bridge for the longest structure at the River Sungai Dinding. Seventeen outline schemes were prepared and the client chose a 13 span reinforced concrete arch structure with spans varying from 45m to 90m and a maximum navigation clearance of 18m. The two smaller bridges were cast and launched prestressed concrete structures, the first use of this technique in Malaysia.

Design of the main bridge and its temporary works were integrated with the need to make maximum use of local materials and skills. The arches were constructed insitu as a series of balanced pairs of half arches hung by cable stays from temporary steel towers. Once they were contiguous, columns were cast on top and the deck completed using locally manufactured steel troughing with a composite topping of insitu concrete.

Client: Government of Malaysia Public Works Department (Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia) Cost: RM220M (£40M) Principal designer (bridgeworks):

Robert Benaim & Associates Contractor: Panzana/Lankhorst Joint Venture Other firms: HMS Perunding (lead consultant): KJM (roadworks consultant)

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