Awards 2017 – Innovation

The winner of the Innovation Category was Blackrock Quarry Training Centre, Bristol
Runner up – Met Office, Exeter
Highly Commended – AUB Student Services Bournemouth and Leeds Station Entrance
Commended – University of Brighton Cockcroft Building

Blackrock Quarry Training Centre, Bristol
Client – Galliford Try
Architect – Haverstocks
M&E Engineer – AECOM
Contractor – Galliford Try

An excellent example of an innovative building design that was delivered through a clearly collaborative project team approach. Technically this project posed real challenges around ballistics, acoustics, technology, anarchists – they burnt down the building half way through construction – nesting peregrines, contaminated soil, etc. However, the outcome is an extremely well designed and attractive training centre located in a quarry setting. Being a bespoke building with little technical guidance, the designers and contractors clearly worked incredibly hard to achieve an attractive, functional and secure building which is used successfully for police training locally, nationally and internationally

Met Office, Exeter
Client – Met Office
Architect & M&E Engineers – Atkins Ltd
Surveyor – Faithful & Gould
Contractor – Willmott Dixon

A world leading super computing facility comprising of an IT hall housing the supercomputer plus a flexible collaborative workspace. The assessors were impressed with the holistic nature of the project, its position in the landscape and the way sustainable features have been incorporated. The client’s engagement with the project management was also impressive, and contributed significantly to the success of the project, particularly when a very late change by the mainframe computer supplier imposed major detailed design changes on the building services

AUB Student Services Bournemouth
Client – Arts University Bournemouth
Architect – Design Engine
M&E Engineer – Avus Consulting
Surveyor – Capita
Contractor – Morgan Sindall

This building delivers an intriguing brief, bringing together a number of the functions of the University which might at first seem an uncomfortable set of bed fellows. Student Counselling, Student Union and Health Services. Added to this a passivhaus standard was a requirement and had to incorporate and encompass an existing passivhaus building. The architects have wider project team have more than met these challenges and carefully crafted a building that calmly and successfully resolves the brief.

Leeds Station Entrance
Client – Network Rail
Architect – AHR Architects
M&E Engineer – Mott Macdonald
Contractor – Carillion Rail Ltd

This was a technically difficult project to undertake due to its location adjacent to a large operational railway station and its construction over the river Aire, especially when considering Heath and Safety plus other specific issues such as Craning in materials “blind” over tall buildings, electrified railway, a pedestrian bridge and transporting materials over water. The site was constrained on all sides making its delivery a very complex project, but the end result gives a new dynamic to the working of the station.

University of Brighton Cockcroft Building
Client – University of Brighton
Architect – Fraser Brown McKennon Architects
M&E Engineer – Mott Macdonald
Contractor – Willmott Dixon

Whilst occupied by 2600 students and staff, the project team delivered one of the largest retrofits of a mixed use academic building. By stripping back to the original building structure, it offered the opportunity to open up teaching spaces to improve ventilation, flexibility and ambience. A sun corridor was introduced on the south side to assist with the control of solar gain. It also included the installation of an aquifer thermal energy store helping to reduce energy demand. An innovative and challenging project which has delivered tremendous benefits to the university society.