Company Spotlight does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin. Learn all about the history, BIM journey and latest Building Information Modelling developments of some of the industry’s most-recognised names. In the spotlight today are Booth King, a civil and structural engineering firm based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
Booth King Civil and Structural Engineers was established in Lancashire in 1969. With offices in Ramsbottom and Edinburgh the company works across the UK and internationally, delivering projects which include: The Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Maggie’s Centre in Oldham and as national framework engineers to the Whitbread Group (Premier Inn and Costa Coffee) on their current development programme.
Booth King’s BIM journey started in 2009 with the adoption of Revit for the Salford and Blackpool BSF programmes. Working with architects such as Ryder Architecture – who were really beginning to embrace this new technology – they soon realised that in order to continue the development of the practice they would need to be BIM ready.
More recently, Booth King have been working with contractors and design teams on the North West Construction Hub and EFA framework projects, as part of a group of clients, professionals and contractors forming a collaborative group of preferred suppliers to the public sector with shared objectives and common goals to achieve: less waste, increase local engagement and greater efficiencies which gives better value for money. It is here that Booth King’s BIM involvement continues to grow.
Booth King Director, Ian Leaper, explains: “We were relatively early adopters of Revit and our senior Revit technicians have up to 10 years’ experience”.
“BIM allows our engineers and technicians to predict the performance of projects more easily before they are built, to incorporate design changes efficiently, optimise our designs by integration with our analysis, simulation and visualization software and deliver higher quality construction documentation. It also enables the team to extract valuable data from the 3D model and thus facilitate earlier decisions, making project delivery more economically effective.”
Current projects being delivered in BIM include: the Bolton Central office development for Bolton Council with JM Architects, Barrow Hall Primary School for Warrington Council with Ellis Williams Architects and West Didsbury Primary School, an EFA school for Conlon Construction with Lovelock Mitchell Architects.
Ian continues: “We continue to actively build working relationships with clients, contractors and other construction professionals who are on the same BIM journey and we are rapidly developing our capability.
“Whilst many of the architects we work with have been using Revit for many years, it is the integration of the building services within the Revit model and working with quantity surveyors – such as DSG and steel fabricators who are able to utilize the 3D model in the costing and manufacturing processes, that has significantly added to our BIM progression”.