British Construction Industry Awards 2015: Balfour Beatty and Crossrail scoop BIM prizes

Credit: BCI Awards
Credit: BCI Awards

The British Construction Industry Awards 2015 took place last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and the big Building Information Modelling category winners were decided.

The two BIM-related awards up for grabs were BIM Project Application Award – Building and BIM Project Application Award – Civil Engineering, with six nominees in the former and seven battling it out in the latter group. Who would take home two of the biggest gongs in UK construction?

Receiving the Building prize were Balfour Beatty for their work on the University of Manchester‘s National Graphene Institute. They defeated the likes of David Miller Architects and Ibsecad to capture the trophy.

We spoke to Balfour Beatty’s Design and BIM Programme Director, Peter Trebilcock about the win. He said: “We are delighted that the BIM work on this complex building project has been recognised. We believe it stands as an exemplar of integration, coordination, supply chain engagement, direct links to off-site manufacturing and ‘right first time execution’-exactly what BIM can bring to a project, including helping to meet our customer’s needs and the exacting technical requirements through a rigorous approach to detail.”

The second team celebrating last night were Crossrail, whom took home the award in the Civil Engineering BIM category. They were in contention with AECOM and Costain but ultimately, this mighty infrastructure project has simply been going too well to ignore and not recognise for the tremendous impression it is leaving on the industry.

Malcolm Taylor, Crossrail’s Head of Technical Information told BIMcrunch: “Crossrail’s innovative use of BIM is making the design and construction of Europe’s largest infrastructure project safer and more efficient. BIM enables us to visualise what we need to build and when, while also integrating complex construction processes to improve safety and reduce waste.

“Winning the BCI Award recognises the huge collaborative effort of our many contractors and designers, who have not only followed our processes and requirements, but understood the technology and applied it for the benefit of the industry.”

Away from the prize giving, host for the evening William Hague was a surprisingly solid comedian, according to some tweeters in attendance.

Who knew? Perhaps we will next see the former MP on ‘Live at The Apollo’?

Congratulations to Balfour Beatty and Crossrail on their victories. If you want to learn more about Crossrail, Malcolm Taylor will be presenting at ICE BIM 2015.

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