A number of Capita Property and Infrastructure’s projects have been nominated at this year’s prestigious BCI Awards.
The A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Bypass, a major trunk road connecting Cheshire to South Manchester, has been nominated in the ‘BIM Project Application Award - Civil Engineering’ category.
Capita is designing an 8km long new dual two lane carriageway bypass to improve congestion, road safety and environmental impact.
In May 2013, the company was asked to carry out the detailed scheme design along with the examination in public of the project by the Planning Inspectorate. The A556 was the first HA scheme to successfully go through the new examination period and as a result our team are recognised as national experts in their field.
This is also the Highways Agency’s first BIM pilot project which has enabled accurate clash detection; integrated construction techniques by planning into the design; identified savings of 20% on budget; reduced project risks, and generated productivity gains during the design process.
Meanwhile, the newly refurbished Victoria Bridge, a Grade II* listed suspension bridge which spans the River Avon in Bath, has been shortlisted for the ‘Temporary Works’ category.
Capita provided project management, cost management and CDM co-ordinator services on the £3.5m scheme which comprised securing and reconstructing the historic structure.
Built in 1836 to a design by James Dredge – Bath resident, brewer and bridge builder – Victoria Bridge was the first of over fifty ‘taper’ suspension bridges to be built worldwide, and is one of only a handful remaining today.
Finally, Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) new £60m Brooks building at its Birley Fields site in Hulme has been shortlisted in the ‘Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m)’ category.
Capita provided multidisciplinary design services including architecture, landscape, civil and structural engineering, fire and acoustics services, on the project which comprised the construction of a new landmark five-storey academic building, energy centre and extensive public realm works for the faculties of education, health, and psychology & social care.
The building is part of a wider £139m masterplan for the Birley Fields campus which includes 1200 student residencies; a multi-storey car park; an energy centre building providing heat and power to the academic building and student residences; and a significant new hard and soft landscaped public realm area.
The winners will be announced on 14th October.
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