BAA decided to continue and extend its construction awards scheme this year, following an entry of over 30 schemes last time, which 'amazed and delighted' the organisers. It is now being held every year.
But last year's scheme, carried out in conjunction with CIRIA (Construction Industry Research & Information Association) and Forum for the Future, the sustainable development charity, has now been broadened in scope. In addition to 'environmental construction', BAA wanted to include all aspects of good construction described by the term 'sustainability' which is also concerned with the social impact of schemes and their economic usefulness.
BAA has again worked with CIRIA and Forum for the Future on development of the scheme, with the aim of developing the overall policy of 'applying the principles of sustainable development in the planning, design, operation and decommissioning of our facilities and services'.
We do not address sustainability for the sake of it.
Managing sustainability is integral to the success and profitability of the BAA business and handling the issues involved is becoming a core skill for managers. It is also increasingly a key requirement for contractors and suppliers: the client role is crucial in demanding good environmental performance from project managers, designers, architects and constructors. The award scheme should help improve processes and challenge suppliers to develop their expertise.
A wide spread of high quality entries was received from BAA airports which include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton. These were reduced to a shortlist of six projects which were then judged at a recent event to share best practice. The winning entry was the Consolidation Centre at Heathrow Airport, and the ACTA scheme at Glasgow airport car park was the runner-up.
Both of these and the other shortlisted projects are detailed in this special supplement.
'The awards have demonstrated the commitment our project teams and suppliers are giving to finding sustainable solutions in construction and I thank and congratulate everyone for their effort and achievements.'