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Edinburgh’s Jack Copland Centre wins top prize at the BCIAs

10 October 2019

Civil engineering projects from around the UK were celebrated at last night’s awards ceremony.

Edinburgh’s Jack Copland Centre wins top prize at the BCIAs

The Jack Copland Centre in Edinburgh has been named overall Project of the Year, as well as winning the Social Infrastructure Project of the Year, at the British Construction Industry Awards 2019.

The BCI Awards, jointly organised by New Civil Engineer and ICE, run each year to recognise the industry’s achievements and excellence in construction and delivery.

The £33m centre, based at Heriot Watt University’s Research Park, is the national headquarters of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), and has been operating since 2017.

The services it provides include processing, testing, supplying, research and development of blood and human donor tissues and cells.

More than just a building, the Jack Copland Centre’s building design was key to bringing together a 400-strong, multi-disciplinary team of people working to deliver the SNBTS’s services.

The centre was designed by lead designers Reiach and Hall Architects and the lead contractor on the project was Kajima Interserve. Other organisations involved include Buro Happold and Interserve Construction.

Other winning projects

The BCIA recognised five other civil engineering projects around the country.

The Cambridge Central Mosque won the Cultural and Leisure Project of the Year, Northern Spire was awarded Transport Project of the Year and Anthology Hoxton Press won Housing Project of the Year.

Two projects won Utility Project of the Year prizes, namely Greener Grangetown and North Wales Sludge Strategy.

Cultural and Leisure Project of the Year: Cambridge Central Mosque

Project value: £25m

Organisations involved: Marks Bareld Architects; Gilbert Ash; Bidwells; Price & Myers; Skelly & Couch; Blumer Lehmann; Emma Clark with Urquhart & Hunt; Prof. Keith Critchlow; Faithful &Gould ; Blumer Lehmann; Munro BS; M Clarkes Facades; Deluxe; Stonet; Fleck; Blenheim Interiors; Creative Aluminium; Pacegrade; Roofglaze; Spectral; Haddonstone; Kale; Domus; Raico; KME; Ege; Thrislington

Cambridge Central Mosque is the UK’s first green mosque. It’s been designed to be inclusive, non-denominational, sustainable, safe, secure and respectful of the neighbourhood.

It’s also intended to be open and welcoming to the wider community, and hopes to be the leading women-friendly mosque in the UK.

Transport Project of the Year: Northern Spire, Sunderland

Project value: £117m

Organisations involved: Buro Happold - Roughan & O’Donnovan Design Joint Venture; Farrans - Victor Buyck Joint Venture, Jacobs; Yee Associates; Faithful+Gould; Atkins; McFaddans; Northumbrian Roads; Safe Track Associates; VSL; DTW

Northern Spire, which opened in August 2018, is a landmark bridge that dominates Sunderland’s skyline. It’s central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, and is already creating economic growth opportunities by significantly improving connectivity.

Housing Project of the Year: Anthology Hoxton Press, London

Project value: £80m

Organisations involved: Karakusevic Carson Architects; Wates Construction Ltd; David Chippereld Architects, AECOM

Anthology Hoxton Press is a residential project comprising 198 residential units within two towers, 16 and 20 storeys tall.

These towers share a single-storey basement with car park, waste storage and plant room.
The project had challenges in the form of three significant technical issues: an existing Victorian sewer, isolated balconies, and support of masonry cladding.

Utility Project of the Year: Greener Grangetown, Cardiff

Project value: £2.6m

Organisations involved: Arup; ERH Communications and Civil Engineering; Gerald Davies Ltd; GreenBlue Urban

Greener Grangetown is a retrofit sustainable drainage (SuDS) project.

It uses green infrastructure to prevent an average 44,000m³ of surface water run-off entering Cardiff’s sewers, while transforming the public realm and improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure within a city-centre community in Cardiff.

The water is now diverted into the River Taff via rain garden treatment systems, which helps to reduce costs, minimises carbon emissions of water treatment, and frees up capacity in the sewers.

Utility Project of the Year: North Wales Sludge Strategy

Project value: £56.2m

Organisations involved: Mott MacDonald Bentley Ltd; Cambi; CTM; Alfa Laval; NPS; Alpha Plus; JB Fabrications; Dunphy; LME; Merlin; Veolia; Huber; AJ Tensile

The North Wales Sludge Strategy and Five Fords Advanced Anaerobic Digestion centralises the treatment of all biosolids from the wastewater treatment processes in North Wales.

This has resulted in higher biogas yields and therefore more renewable energy production. The project also produces high quality soil conditioner for use in agriculture.

  • Anh Nguyen, content strategy manager at ICE