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Glasgow museum restoration wins big at the BCIA

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13 October 2022

The Burrell Collection was crowned Project of the Year at the 2022 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA).

Glasgow museum restoration wins big at the BCIA
The listed building has been restored and made more environmentally friendly while staying faithful to its history. Image credit: Shutterstock

A £68m project to restore a museum in Glasgow, Scotland, has taken home the biggest prize at this year’s British Construction Industry Awards.

The five-year renovation of the Burrell Collection was named Project of the Year at the BCIA ceremony in London last night.

Kier was the main contractor on the project, which was designed by John McAslan & Partners.

It improved the environmental performance of the Category A-listed building without losing its original character.

Aerial view of newly renovated Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow
An aerial view of the newly-renovated Glasgow museum, The Burrell Collection. Image credit: Shutterstock

“Working with a listed building, the team went to great lengths to preserve and enhance the existing building, reusing fabric where they could,” the judges said.

“It showcases the importance of working collaboratively with existing buildings to combat the climate crisis.”

The project was “an exemplar for the future of the industry, positively contributing to both the local community and our planet,” the BCIA judges added.

The Burrell Collection also took home the award for Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year.

Winning rail projects

Other notable winners on the night included Crossrail’s Woolwich Station and an HS2 project team.

Crossrail was awarded the NIC Design Principles Award, which recognises projects that are exemplar in design.

The entry was marked against the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Design Group’s principles of climate, people, place and value.

An HS2 team that used an optioneering platform to speed up and make cost savings on the construction of a 3.4km viaduct was named the IPA’s Industry Innovation Champion.

The team was made up of the Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick) and Alice Technologies.

Carbon projects

Sustainability projects were also recognised at the awards.

Bowmer + Kirkland won the Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year award for its use of Flybrid smart technology to reduce energy.

The technology uses a flywheel energy storage system to downsize generators powering tower cranes. 

Meanwhile, Yorkshire Water, Stantec and Barhale Doosan JV won Environment & Sustainability Initiative of the Year for its Clifton wastewater integrated constructed wetland project. 

Environmental Project of the Year went to Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP), which provided 70 accommodation blocks across eight army camps across the UK.

The full list of winners of BCIA 2022

  • Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year - Bowmer + Kirkland, Energy reduction through Flybrid smart tech
  • Environmental Project of the Year - Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP) 
  • Community Impact Initiative of the Year - Costain and Skanska JV, Supporting homeless members of the community
  • Commercial Property Project of the Year - Bay Technology Centre, Swansea
  • Digital Initiative of the Year - Mott MacDonald, International BIM Pathfinder Programme
  • Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year - The Burrell Collection
  • Environment & Sustainability Initiative of the Year - Yorkshire Water, Stantec and Barhale Doosan JV, Clifton Wastewater Integrated Constructed Wetland
  • Social Infrastructure Project of the Year - Crosfields School
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year - Network Rail, Safety task force improving track worker safety
  • Transport Project of the Year - Stourton Park and Ride, Leeds
  • Partnership Initiative of the Year - Bryden Wood Technology, Pioneering collaboration at The Forge
  • Upgrade & Renewal Project of the Year - Thames Water Mains Renewal Programme Tranche 0
  • Product Innovation of the Year - DLT Engineering, Self-erecting Deck Lifting Gantries
  • Utility Project of the Year - North Sea Link
  • Temporary Works Initiative of the Year - McGee, The Acre: Efficiency through propping and rooftop cranes
  • Productivity Initiative of the Year - Keltbray, Hiper Pile – Enhancing Productivity through utilising dfMA
  • IPA’s Industry Innovation Champion - Align JV / Alice Technologies
  • NIC Design Principles Award - Crossrail C530: Woolwich Station
  • Initiative of the Year Award - Bowmer + Kirkland, Energy reduction through Flybrid smart tech
  • Small Project of the Year Award - Hydro Ness Archimedes Screw, Inverness
  • Project of the Year Award - The Burrell Collection
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