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Building award shortlist


NCE's coverage of the British Construction Industry Awards 2002 continues this week with the 10 projects chosen by the the judges for their select list from 62 entries to the BCI Building Award category for projects valued between £3M and £50M.

Which one of these will win the Building Award 2002, or be commended by the judges, will be revealed during the BCIA gala dinner at the London Hilton on 23 October. A few places remain. For booking details see www. bciawards. org. uk Mike Winney reports Haileybury Girls' Boarding Houses, Hertfordshire The decision to transform Haileybury College into a fully coeducational school meant that boarding accommodation would be needed for 120 girls to be constructed in two phases over four years, ready for occupation in September 1999 and September 2001.

Placing the new buildings on a prime secluded hollow among mature trees at the college's historic site involved nine months of planning negotiations.

Enthusiastic support for a high quality design concept was tempered by the addition of 27 planning conditions. With only 20% of detailed construction information in place when work began the building team worked together exceptionally closely.

Client: Haileybury & Imperial Service College Cost: £5.9M Principal designer: Studio E Architects Structural engineer: Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Honda's New European Plant, Swindon Efficiency, speed and quality at minimum cost were the drivers for Honda's new car assembly plant at Swindon. The end result is effectively a very large shed, support structure and basement built for £35M, which is the framework for a highly complex three dimensional car assembly apparatus costing some £130M.

Price of this works out at only £701/m 2- an amazing 40% reduction on the amount Honda paid 10 years earlier when it commissioned its first car plant at Swindon on an adjacent site.

Client: Honda Facilities Management Cost: Building only £35M Principal designer: SSOE of the United States Contractor: Vanbots Construction Corporation Other firms: Rothera Goodwin Architects; HCD Building Control; NG Bailey; Bayfield Associates Meadowfield, Worthing Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award Meadowfield is a 3,500m 2, single bedroom en suite inpatient hospital affording both privacy and recreational space to 48 local people with mental health needs.

The hospital has been designed to meet the best current standards with maximum natural daylight and ventilation within robust masonry walls - but with a steel frame to allow any future major alterations.

Client: West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust Persistence Works, Sheffield Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award The UK's first purpose-built fine art and crafts studio complex contains a multi-storey assembly of naturally lit, lock up studios in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the needs of its 89 tenant artists.

Funding secured by Yorkshire Artspace from the Lottery and other sources means the facility has no debt and can lease out space for annual rents of under £20/m 2.

Client: Persistence Works, Yorkshire Artspace Society Cost: £4.25M approx Principal designer: Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects Structural and M&E engineer: Buro Happold Contractor: MJ Gleeson Other firms: Airedale Glass; NG Bailey (M&E); Dearneside Fabrications (steelwork); RMC Readymix; SGB (steel shuttering); Grant Associates (landscape design).

Cost: £7.3M Principal designer: Nightingale Associates Structural engineer: Posford Duvivier Contractor: Rokbuild Other firms: Quartet Design;

Charterhouse (designers);

KSVAS (contractor) Pfizer Headquarters Phase One, Tadworth Pfizer's new European headquarters is located in superb parkland previously occupied by an Edwardian mansion which had been converted to an R&D centre by earlier owners, using an agglomeration of outhouses. All the old structures have been cleared away and replaced by an uncompromisingly modern steel and glass office consisting of a curved street core with communal meeting facilities from which fingers of offices radiate out into the surrounding parkland with its variety of mature trees.

The three storey offices have flat slab and white concrete circular column frames allowing a flexible open plan layout interspersed with occasional glazed box offices.

Royal Academy of Music, London NW1 This intricate building project has enabled the Royal Academy of Music to spread its Marylebone Road headquarters into two neighbouring properties in York Terrace and York Gate.

Stage one was a difficult reconstruction of the interior of Grade one listed 1-5 York Gate to create rehearsal and teaching space, a publicly accessible museum, and archive storage.

Wartime bomb damage and a 1964 office conversion had left little of John Nash's original 1821 internal structure so that extensive remodelling was possible. A new underground link across the courtyard meshes the extension with the original HQ.

Stage two is an uncompromising concrete barrel vault structure forming the 4m high roof over an 8m high rehearsal and concert room formed in a contiguously piled basement excavated within the courtyard and joined via the stage one link to adjacent buildings.

The Broadway Cinema & Theatre, Peterborough Disused for 10 years, Peterborough's unlisted former Odeon Cinema has been revived as a 1,200 seat multipurpose auditorium entertainment venue in a project that has restored period features of the building while, literally, adding modern conveniences.

Space for 600 seats has been borrowed from the rear of the original auditorium to greatly improve the front of house public facilities. The original faience faþade had been lost and has been replaced by a glazed bay which enables people in the street to see the activity within as an encouragement to come inside.

Client: Pfizer Cost: £44.5M Principal designer: Sheppard Robson Structural engineer: Arup Contractor: Laing Client: Royal Academy of Music Cost: £6M Principal designer: John McAslan & Partners Structural engineer: Faber Maunsell Contractor: Simons Client: Mistvalley Ltd Cost: £6.4M Principal designer: Tim Foster Architects Structural engineer: Stirling Maynard & Partners Contractor: Marriott Construction William Gates Building, Cambridge The Computer Faculty's William Gates Building is the pioneer structure of Cambridge University's extensive new West Cambridge Campus. Aim of the designer was to achieve an attractive, superinsulated building requiring minimum energy for heating and cooling while making the best use of natural light.

Research accommodation of the three storey building is set around two courtyards while the library, teaching and catering facilities for 300 students are concentrated along an open spine atrium with galleries and bridges.

Two stage procurement put a substantial emphasis on quality and early involvement of the contractor and trade specialists in key aspects of the design.

Client: University of Cambridge Cost: £15M approx Principal designer: RMJM (architecture, structural engineering, M&E) Contractor: Shepherd Construction Other firms: Gardiner & Theobald The Deep, Hull The obvious physical attributes of The Deep are six huge concrete aquarium tanks with windows built in corrosion resistant materials plus a separate steel frame supporting geometrically complex overhanging cladding.

Hidden from view is an intricate network of buried pipework to service the various marine environments of the display, plus a 1.2m high flood barrier to keep the real sea at bay. Prime purpose of the Lottery, Yorkshire and ERDF funded project built within budget on a derelict ship repair yard was to meet Hull city's perceived need for world recognition.

Windsor Office Park The decontaminated former brownfield land now occupied by Windsor Office Park was the last remaining development site identified in the Windsor & Maidenhead Local Plan.

Client Redrow had previously worked on a partnering project with Laing and negotiated the work for the two buildings making up the12,859m 2development. It is now sold to a fund and let to single tenant Centrica. Despite some detailed customising to suit the tenant the project was completed below budget and completed six weeks early.

Client: The Deep Cost: £45.5M Principal designer: John Csaky Associates Architect: Terry Farrell & Partner Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease Other firms: IAT (designer); Mero (UK), contractor; Reynolds Polymer Technology (supplier).

Client: Redrow Commercial Developments Cost: £15.3M Principal designer: Hamilton Associates Architect: Cameron Taylor Bedford Contractor: Laing

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