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Small Project shortlist

BCIA

This week the countdown begins to the British Construction Industry Awards 2003 which will be presented at the London Hilton on Wednesday 22 October.

Full results of the Awards, with details of all the winning and highly commended projects, will be published in New Civil Engineer on 23 October.

Coverage begins with the Small Project category - building or civil engineering projects of up to £3M in value. Ten of the 46 entries were shortlisted by the judges.

One of the 10 was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building. This goes to buildings and infrastructure projects of any size commissioned by or on behalf of central or local government or by a grantaided organisation.

Jointly sponsored by CABE, the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment, and OGC, the Office of Government Commerce, the purpose of the Prime Minister's Award is to recognise quality in design and delivery, and best value in publicly funded infrastructure.

Mike Winney

Millbank Millennium Pier, London SW1

The Tate Gallery's new pier was really designed as a sculpture. The result is floating origami in 12mm steel plate with overtones of a stealth battleship.

Unusual structural features include a pontoon filled with polystyrene, rather than having separate watertight bulkheads. In place of conventional massive and ugly dolphin piles near mid-river, the pier is tied back to piled anchorages near the shore using radial tubular arms somewhat like like a car suspension. The angular superstructure cladding, built up on a internal birdcage frame with outstand stffeners, is an object lesson in welding perfectly flat welded steel plate.

Client: London River Services

Cost: £1.45M

Principal designer: Beckett Rankine Partnership

Architect: Marks Barfield Architects

Contractor: John Mowlem & Co

Other firms: Steel fabrication: Kelly Norman Engineering Naval architect: Houlder Offshore Contractor's civil works design: Haswell

Benenden Hospital, Kent

The challenge at Beneden Hospital was to replace a 1950s ward block with a 21st century clinic that would enhance modernist Thomas Tate's original 1937 sanitorium without encroaching on the surrounding landscape.

Louvred glazed facades of the new steel framed building overcome the solar gain problems of the original structures on the site, while materials have been chosen to blend in without mimickry.

Client: Benenden Hospital Trust

Cost: £2.8M

Principal designer: John McAslan + Partners

Principal contractor: Wallis

Engineer: Arup

Quantity surveyor: Atkins Faithful & Gould

Medical planning consultant: Robert Owen Associates

Planning supervisor: Hurley Palmer Flatt

Cowgate Under 5s Centre, Edinburgh

Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award A nursery school just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile has won back a derelict backyard site from its fate as a needle strewn drug den.

Several contractors refused to tender for the job when they realised that all materials had to be carried or barrowed in through a narrow archway.

Client: BUREDI and Castle Rock Housing Association

Cost: £650,000

Principal designer: Allan Murray Architects

Principal contractor: Mowlem

Structural engineer: Will Rudd Davidson

Quantity surveyor: Ross & Morton

St Mary's Church Hall, London SW19

Forthright and contemporary with subtle detailing and modest scale was the architect's brief for this striking new church hall built in a conservation area at Wimbledon.

Excavation into the car park and garden site has enabled a ceiling height of 4m to be obtained while keeping the overall profile of the building down. Lowering the apparent external profile is assisted by creating a rustic dry stone wall street frontage topped by a set back to the smooth white limestone ashlar cladding of the hall.

Client: St Mary's Parochial Church Council

Cost: £496,000

Principal designer: Terry Pawson Architects

Principal contractor: Cardy Construction

Structural engineer: Barton Engineers

QS and planning supervisor: Pierce Hill

Specialist stone contractor: Abbey Masonry & Restoration

Specialist glazing contractor: Cantifix of London

Glencoe Visitor Centre

Glencoe Visitor Centre was designed as a 'clachan' - a hamlet of small buildings - so as to have have minimum impact on the breathtaking Highland landscape.

Construction was driven by an overriding consideration that the project had to be green and sustainable using non toxic, low energy embodied materials wherever possible. Occasional departures such as use of aluminium rainwater plumbing and flashings were justified on the basis of high durability and possibility of recycling in the future.

Client: The National Trust for Scotland

Cost: £1.7M

Principal designer: Gaia Architects

Principal contractor: RJ McLeod (Contractors)

Quantity surveyor: Ralph Ogg & Partners

no. one Centaur Street, London SE1

A striking appartment block with a brutal concrete frame clad in fibre reinforced timber effect planks makes the most of a cramped but sunlit site adjacent to railway viaduct leading into London's Waterloo Station.

The massive concrete may help isolate the living accommodation from rail noise and vibration which is surprisingly insignificant despite the proximity of the viaduct.

Client: Solid Space Development

Cost: £1M

Principal designer: de Rijke Marsh Morgan

Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor

Contractor: Parkway Construction

Landscape architect: Jenny Coe

West Mill Bridge Reconstruction, Watchfield, Oxfordshire

Hidden within this unpretentiouslooking bridge is a highly significant innovation. West Mill is the first public highway bridge in western Europe to have main load carrying components made from fibre reinforced polymers.

The structure carrying the B4508 over the River Cole is the principal outcome of a three year research and development project.

The object was to create bridge replacement components which have a very high strength to weight ratio and excellent durability, are easily transportable and have low cost installation. Extensive testing was carried out to verify the FRP components before their use in a real highway structure.

Client: Oxfordshire County Council

Cost: £450,000

Principal designer: Mouchel

Principal contractor: Skanska

Fibre reinforced plastics manufacturer: Fiberline Composites

Eric Hollies Stand, Edgbaston

Edgbaston's new stand was completed under budget and bang on time the day before the Test Match.

Replacing an open embankment, the new stand with parasol roofs cost just £350 per seat against England & Wales Cricket Board's budget recommendation to clubs to allow about £1,000 a seat for similar projects.

Client: Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Cost: £2M

Principal designer: Bryant Priest Newman Architects

Principal contractor: Interserve Building

Structural engineer: Price & Myers

Quantity surveyor: Graves Bewdley

Severnside North Flood Alleviation Scheme, Worcestershire

Also shortlisted for Prime Minister's Award Bewdley's submerged river frontage was the backdrop to a prime ministerial flood photo opportunity three years ago. An extensive piled cut-off topped by a rapidly erected aluminium barrier should ensure that this 270m length of quay will never be flooded again.

The Severn takes several hours to respond to extreme rainfall in its upper reaches so there is time to get the rubber gasketed, stanchion and beam barrier out from store and assembled before the river tops the quay - as it has done every 18 months or so for many years.

Client: Environment Agency

Cost: £2.2M

Principal designer: Halcrow Group

Principal contractor: Birse Civils Ltd

Design consultant: FaberMaunsell Subcontractors: Keller Ground Engineering, Bauer

Inner City Bridge of Aspiration, Royal Ballet School, London WC2

The problem was to join the Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House so that ballerinas could warm up in their studio and then go on stage without having to traipse across Floral Street in all weathers.

A snag was that the corridors in the two buildings had to be reached via openings that are offset in plan and at different levels. Hence the unique solution of a twisting accordion-shaped superstructure. The extensively glazed accordion was prefabricated off site on its single welded aluminium box girder then lifted into place as a single unit.

Client: The Royal Ballet School

Cost: £0.8M

Principal designer: Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Principal contractor: Benson

Structural engineer: Flint & Neill Partnership

Bridge subcontractor: Gig Fassadenbau

M&E consultant: Buro Happold

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