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Major project and international shortlists

British Construction Industry Awards

Shortlists for the Major Project and International categories of the British Construction Industry Awards complete NCE's pre-Award BCIA coverage.

The winners for all project-specific categories and The Prime Minister's Award, Best Practice Award, Local Authority Award, Conservation Award, Environmental Award, Regeneration Award and Judges Special Award will be revealed next Thursday evening, 13 October, at the BCIA dinner, Grosvenor House, London.

Full results of the BCI Awards 2005 will be included in a special supplement to NCE and sister magazine the Architects' Journal on 20 October.

Major Project Award for building and civil engineering projects valued at over £50M Sponsored by HSE, the Health & Safety Executive The judges commented that they had to choose between 'a hugely impressive and varied range of projects, all of which are very, very strong contenders for the prize'. Twenty three projects were entered. Six reached the shortlist.

Airside Road Tunnel, Heathrow Airport.

ART consists of twin very shallow, very large tunnels bored without incident for 1.4km under taxiways, and crossing live rail tunnels and critical airport services as a link from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to T5. With client BAA taking all the risk, the design and construction teams concentrated entirely on safe and economical delivery of the best technical solution.

Client: BAA Cost: £141M Principal designer: Mott MacDonald Contractor: Morgan Vinci (August 1999 to June 2004);

Amec (June 2004 to February 2005) Other firms: Laing O'Rourke;

Bachy Soletanche; Beton & Monierbau; Herrenknecht Pier 6, Gatwick Airport Same client as ART. Similar problem, entirely different solution. The world's largest passenger footbridge spans a live taxiway plied by Jumbos, the largest jets that can use the stands. The 2,500t bridge was prefabricated, fully glazed and wheeled into place overnight.

Client: Gatwick Airport Ltd (BAA) Cost: £110M Structural engineer (bridge):

Arup Architect (bridge): Wilkinson Eyre Contractor (bridge structure): Watson Steel Construction manager: Mace Other firms: Buro Happold (structural engineer, pier); GMW (architect, pier); Laing O'Rourke (substructure & groundworks);

Rowen (steelworks); NG Bailey (building services) The Sage, Gateshead Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award Gateshead's latest great public work is spectacularly perched on the side of the Tyne gorge.

The Sage is a totally inclusive music and education centre with three distinctive performance theatres within a large informal enclosure.

Client: Gateshead Council Cost: £70M Principal designer: Foster & Partners Structural and services engineer: Connell Mott MacDonald Contractor: Laing O'Rourke Other firms: Arup Acoustics;

Buro Happold; Davis Langdon (cost consultant); Theatre Projects Consultants Government Offices, Great George Street East, London SW1 Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award The GOGGS project completes refurbishment and reunification of the grand old office complex stretching from Parliament Street to the Treasury fronting St James's Park. Partition walls totalling 13km were stripped out and 1,400 century-old hardwood window frames restored.

Client: Estates Projects Cost: £148M PFI consortium: Stanhope/ Bovis Lend Lease Principal designer: Foster & Partners Structural engineer:

Waterman Partnership Tinsley Viaduct Strengthening, Sheffield Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award Tinsley's lean steel box girder, double-decked crossing of the Don Valley was much modified soon after it opened in 1968.

This latest strengthening project to meet current load design assessments is intricate, innovative, delicately executed and comprehensive.

Client: Highways Agency Cost: £82.7M Principal designer: Owen Williams Consultants Contractor: Edmund Nuttall Other firms: Cleveland Bridge UK; Flint & Neill Home Office, 2 Marsham Street Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award Replacing Marsham Street's notorious triple towers, the new Home Office is the first PFI newbuild project of a major government department.

It has a hybrid precast and insitu frame with direct applied decoration on its superbly finished steel-moulded concrete.

Client: Annes Gate Property plc (PFI contractor) Cost: £182M Principal designer: Terry Farrell & Partners Structural engineer: Pell Frischmann Contractor: Bouygues UK Other firms: Flack & Kurtz (M&E consultant); Ecovert FM (maintainer/operator) International Award for projects outside the UK for which either the principal designer or the principal contractor is a British firm Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers A shortlist of six projects was selected from the entry of 14 River Po Footbridge, Turin The slender boat-shaped steel box girder deck of Turin's Po footbridge is designed to follow the form of the forces acting on the structure. It is deeper and wider at the piers of the 70m long main span thinning at the centre and extremities of its overall 140m length. In effect the deck was hand made on the river bank. Turin's rich skills in sheet metal forming and welding, exemplified in the past by bespoke coachwork, helped make the complex shape a reality.

Client: Amministraziono Comunale di Torino Cost: £1.7M Principal designer:

Whitbybird/B&C Associati Contractor: Tekno3 British Council Offices, Alexandria, Egypt Also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award With the lease of its old offices running out the British Council wanted a small new building as a shop window in Alexandria that would be calm and serene.

It also had to be as open and welcoming as possible given security needs, built to UK standards of safety and to meet UK safety and disabled requirements.

Client: British Council Cost: £330, 000 Principal designer: British Council Architects Architect: AbouGad Contractor: Lotus Group, Alexandria Other firms: Davies Langdon (project manager) Taiwan High Speed Rail Project - Contract C270 Faber Maunsell's task with Contract C270 was to design US$1bn worth of rail viaduct with a 300km/h line speed running for 38km through a seismic zone which includes deep fluvial deposits subject to scour.

Client: Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation Cost: £556M Principal designer: Faber Maunsell Contractor: Bilfinger & Berger/ CEC Joint Venture Other firms: Macalloy (tie rods); Alga (prestressing, bearings and buffers) Villa Mumm, Frankfurt Kronberg, Germany Pristine conservation of a near-derelict, neo-Baroque villa made the front of house for an international investment management company. At the same time RHWL Architects linked the villa underground to a spectacular titanium clad office complex designed for the restored gardens.

Client: Anon, international investment company Cost: £27.2M Principal designer: RHWL Architects Structural engineer: Buro Loos Contractor: Hochtief Other firms: Reuter & Ruhrgartner Ingenieurburo;

Joseph Gartner Athlone Civic Centre Library and Central Square, Co Westmeath, Ireland Against severe competition from Irish firms, Keith Williams Architects won the commission for Athlone Civic Centre which involves designing everything from the overall masterplan to doorhandles. Working closely with Arup, the fi rm's concept of very large precast concrete panel construction was developed with prototype structures.

Client: Athlone Town Clerk Cost: £10.6M Principal designer: Keith Williams Architects Structural engineer: Arup (London & Limerick offices) Contractor: John Sisk & Sons (Gallway) Airside Centre A500, Zurich Airport, Switzerland The brief for the GrimshawArup team at Zurich Airport was effectively to create a spectacular structure that would unify 50 years of ad hoc building and become the image that appears on local postcards.

The Airside Centre also had to be very functional and have a low energy consumption.

Client: Flughafen Zurich Cost: £175M Principal designer: Grimshaw Structural engineer: Arup Contractors: Tuchschmid Engineering (steel structure roof); Geilinger Fenster & Fassaden (facades) Other firms: Itten & Brechbuttl

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