A number of Capita Property and Infrastructure’s projects have been nominated at this year’s RICS National Awards.
Cardiff University’s £30m Hayden Ellis Building has been nominated in the ‘Design Through Innovation’ category. The building, which is situated on the University's new innovation campus, houses highly advanced facilities for some of the University's world-leading research teams. It is also home to Public Health Wales and the University's Graduate College.
The ground floor includes a public area for lectures, displays and conferences about the University's work and a 150-person lecture theatre. The building is named in honour of the late University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hadyn Ellis.
The project was managed by the University's Estates team with partners including cost managers Capita and contractors BAM.
The National Composites Centre (NCC) in South Gloucestershire has also been nominated in the ‘Design Through Innovation’ category.
Sponsored by the University of Bristol, the NCC brings together companies and academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products such as carbon.
Capita’s Bristol office provided cost management (led by Steve Milson) and project management services (led by Darren Edson) on the project which enhances the existing NCC technology development and innovation space by providing further training facilities and small industrial workshops.
The industrial learning facilities provide a supported innovation environment for SMEs to quickly develop products and specialist process knowledge, using smaller scale standard design, manufacturing and testing equipment. The NCC also serves as an ideal training environment for individuals and small groups to obtain tailored learning to complement existing skill levels.
Current NCC industry membership has grown to 39 companies, with an initial bias towards aerospace, but with increasing participation from automotive, rail, oil & gas, marine, renewables, domestic goods, materials, simulation, tooling and equipment.
Meanwhile, the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in North Wales has been nominated for the ‘Building Conservation’ category.
Situated in the Conwy Valley, the £6.5m centre was the brainchild of Bodnant estate owners, Michael and Caroline McLaren. Their vision to create an innovative centre for the production, promotion and enjoyment of Welsh food has seen the transformation of a range of 18th Century farm buildings at Furnace Farm, just off the A470 (Glan Conwy to Llanrwst).
Capita provided project management, architecture, landscaping, highways and structural engineering services on the project which comprises a Welsh food shop, dairy, bakery, butchery, plus tea room and restaurant serving food made with ingredients from the farm shop. It also boasts a cookery school, training facilities and farmhouse accommodation.
The winners will be announced on 16th October.
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