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International Award


The British Construction Industry International Award 2004 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.

Fourteen entries were shortlisted to six schemes by the judging panel. Presentations on these 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 to determine the winner.

Broadmeadow Estuary Bridge, Ireland A cast and push partially prestressed deck structure enabled an environmentally sensitive estuary to be crossed with minimum disturbance and substantial savings in reinforcing materials. Crack widths in the deck are controlled by un-tensioned reinforcement. External tendons supported the deck during launching and now carry live loads.

They are protected by grouted ducts inside the hollow deck girders. Because of the erection system used, impact on the estuary was minimal apart from temporary jetties to access the pier positions. The bridge was built to budget and completed four months early.

Client: Fingal County Council Cost: £6.8M Principal designer: Benaim Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects Contractor: Ascon/Nuttall JV Nam Cheong Station, KCRC West Rail, Hong Kong A characteristically highly complex Hong Kong interchange station, Nam Cheong is on four levels inserted adjacent to the existing airport express line and beneath the West Kowloon Expressway viaduct - each of which remained fully operational while the station was burrowed out. Support for the 350m long 809m wide and 15m deep station comes from innovative grouted barrette foundations proposed by Benaim as a shallower alternative to the 50m to 100m deep under-reamed bored piles of the original design.

Excavation was simplified by integrating a 1m thick advance works ground slab into the permanent works structure and using it as a prop and shield over the top of the basement excavation.

Client: Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Cost: £175M Principal designer: Benaim Architect: Aedas LPT Contractor: Balfour Beatty/Zen Pacific JV Client's engineer: Hyder Consulting Mei Foo Station, KCRC West Rail, Hong Kong The next station on the West Rail line is also a complex interchange.

It had to be fitted within a park situated between tunnels for the Mass Transit Railway, a major highway intersection and a group of residential blocks populated by key Hong Kong legislators.

Complexity at Mei Foo came from fitting the vast space needed for a busy Hong Kong railway station into the shape that was available in the ground between existing transport links and utilities already occupying the space. Highly variable ground and major obstructions were the norm for much of the civil construction.

An integrated joint venture was formed to smooth the interface between civil and E&M works, which has caused major disruptions at other railway projects. At the end the park was reinstated over the top.

Client: Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Cost: £140M Principal designer: Hyder Consulting Architect: Aedas LPT Contractor: Kier Hong Kong Other firms: Babtie; Scott Wilson & Partners; Zen Pacific Contractors; Amec E&M Engineers;

Redland Precast.

KCRC West Rail DD400, Hong Kong West Rail DD400 is a somewhat terse title encompassing a whole section of the West Rail line including the highly complex Nam Cheong and Mei Foo stations, plus 2km of cut and cover tunnel joining them. The tunnels through difficult and variable made ground are a twin reinforced concrete box section supported throughout its length on massive piles. Each running tunnel includes a slab with direct fixed rails; a maintenance walkway; overhead catenary; a mass of power, signal and communications cables; and provision for future chiller pipes.

Client: Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Cost: £520M Principal designer: Hyder Consulting Architect: Aedas LPT Other firms: Balfour Beatty; Zen Pacific; Benaim; Kier Hong Kong;

CSCEC Prins Claus Bridge, Utrecht Brief for Prins Claus Bridge was to create a gateway structure spanning 150m over the Amsterdam-Rhine canal and to provide a link between a new science park and Utrecht for local traffic and public transit vehicles.

The dominant feature of the new bridge is its exceptional, architecturally sculpted, curved pylon. This was built up as a thin prefabricated structural shell so that the visible form of the pylon is the material supporting the cable stays rather than being a dressing of dummy cladding around a separate structure.

Client: Projectbureau Leidsche Rijn Utrecht Cost: Euro 26M Principal designer: Halcrow and DHV Architect: UN Studio - Van Berkel & Bos Contractor: Combinatie Papendorpse Brug vof (JV of Aannemingsmaatschappij CFE and Victor Buyck Steel Construction) Contractor's designer: Holland Rail Consult Puerto Caucedo Multimodal Terminal, Dominican Republic Key objective at Puerto Caucedo was to create a new container port capable of very high productivity levels on a greenfield site owned by the developer. A critical factor in design and construction was to prevent marine pollution and ensure the project would not become an enforcement test of Dominican Republic's new environmental laws. Phase 1 of the terminal was completed to budget, schedule and quality standards last April, less than four years after feasibility design began. Extensive marine studies and relocation of coral reefs preceded construction of the 900m long breakwater and 50ha container yard.

Client: Caucedo Investments Inc Cost: US$300M (£165M) Principal designer: Mouchel Parkman Contractor: Caucedo Joint Venture Other firms: HR Wallingford; Delft Hydraulics; GBB; Dredging Research; Eagle Lyon Pope;

Hamburg Port Consulting; Sogreah;

Mecasol; Titan Environmental;


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