Collaborative design competition Teambuild UK crowns 2015 winners

Teambuild Future Leaders 2015 winners BlueSteel. Credit: Teambuild
Teambuild Future Leaders 2015 winners BlueSteel. Credit: Teambuild

Eleven design teams representing twenty-four construction firms have competed in the annual collaborative design competition Teambuild.

The UK charity provides education and training to develop leadership and communication skills for construction industry professionals through various means including competitions like the one held last weekend.

The team that demonstrated that necessary skillset to the highest level and who won the Future Leaders Competition were BlueSteel, a 80/20 female team made up of members representing Arup, Balfour Beatty, Hawkins/Brown, Max Fordham, Price & Myers and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Comprising of Alex Moffatt, Carmel Lennon, Harriet Lilley, Kate Keightley-Smith and Laura Purton, BlueSteel won a cash prize of £2000, funding sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Contractors. This particular team impressed the fourteen industry judges with their impressive ability to use “digital technology to harness data and enable an evolving, operational asset based around local identity”.

The challenge that BlueSteel flourished taking part in was to plan and design a hypothetical proposal for Edinburgh Gateway, a complex infrastructure interchange connecting air, rail, road and tram transport networks. WSP|PB are the real-life site team, and they provided the teams with their actual Building Information Model.

Teambuild’s Director of Education, Alex MacLaren told us: “It’s ten years since I took part in Teambuild myself, and it’s great to see the competition adapt and change to the challenges facing industry. For example, this year’s brief asked teams to engage with SMARTcities initiatives, and really interrogate the current and future possibilities of integrating intelligent data feedback and development infrastructure.

“Most of the winning teams were made up from multiple companies, working together and investing together in future talent. How refreshing to see commercial companies pooling resources and collaborating from the off!

“This kind of intelligent, adaptive collaborative design is exactly what we need to encourage in our industry, and what the BIM2050 Group hopes to inspire and support through our engagement with institutions and other organisations. Teambuild is providing an excellent ‘grass roots’ forum for the smart entrants to our industry to find each other, work together, and develop smart innovations that can push our industry forwards.”

For more information on the collaboration competition, click here to read the official press release. Pictures from the event and more information on the Teambuild charity can be found here.

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