Contractor Interserve has been selected as preferred bidder for the first government pilot project on which Building Information Modelling (BIM) will have been used throughout the tender process and at contract stage.
The project, for the Ministry of Justice, is a three-storey houseblock and an educational facility for Cookham Wood young offenders institution.
The ministry is the pathfinder for the government’s Building Information Modelling trials, and is running four pilot projects.
It is to have all suitable projects delivered using BIM by the end of 2013, two years ahead of the Construction Strategy timeline
Series of initiatives
“Our lead in adopting BIM is part of a series of initiatives to improve delivery processes in our own practice and supply chains,” said Ministry of Justice project delivery head Terry Stocks.
“We aim to become one of the first departments to be BIM-enabled. We are currently running four construction projects using BIM. With the first, Cookham Wood Prison, we have become one of the first clients in Europe to issue BIM Employer’s Information Requirements with the tender.
“The BIM model has received an extremely positive response from the market, and we aim for all our future major projects to be BIM-enabled within 18 months.”
“This approach will bring many benefits for our clients not just during design and construction, but also into the long-term operation and management of these new facilities,” said Interserve Building MD Ian Renhard.