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The annual RICS BIM4SME Awards were held this week, with Willmott Dixon Interiors winning the esteemed Best overall project.
Numerous firms were recognised at the awards, which seeks to highlight SMEs at the forefront of BIM technology, delivering smarter and more creative buildings. The awards have been developed to promote BIM best practice and the importance of BIM adoption to SMEs.
Willmott Dixon won the a ‘Best Overall BIM Project’ for the 39 Victoria Street, Westminster project.
The £11.5M project saw a Category B fit-out of an 11-storey building, using BIM technology to design and deliver an attractive, yet highly cost effective and sustainable building for the Department of Health.
Alan Muse FRICS, RICS Global Director of Built Environment Standards said: “One of the advantages of applying BIM on this project was the production of virtual reality and animations, which supported the client in gaining a better understanding of the project, and ensured that fundamental items to help create a highly productive working environment weren’t missed. The client was then able to make any amendments to areas and elements of the design to better suit their needs.”
Best use of BIM for Construction Sequencing: Sisk Lagan Construction Group JV
Project: A19/A1058 Coast Road junction improvement at North Tyneside.
Best use of BIM for use of Embedded Data: CoBuilder UK
Project: National College for High Speed Rail, tackling the challenge of collecting, validating and delivering product data on this project
Best use of BIM for Health & Safety: Freeform 3D
Project: 22 Bishopsgate, London – a commercial skyscraper with 62 storeys and over 270m tall.
Best use of BIM for Costings and Material Take-off: Alinea Consulting
Project: High profile retail development including significant extension.
Best Embedment of BIM into Contracts: BIM Direct
Project: developing a web based solution to streamline the process of authoring and distributing an EIR, (Employer’s Information Requirements).
Best Virtual Reality BIM: The McAvoy Group
Project: Westhill School in Ashtead, Leatherhead, which involved connecting two separate buildings on-site and incorporating modern teacher training areas, a food technology room and a vibrant library.
Best use of BIM for Sustainability: David Miller Architects
Project: conservation and refurbishment of Anstey Hall Barns to provide eight luxury conversions and a further four new homes on the site in Cambridge.
Best use of BIM to enhance Model Coordination: HLM Architects
Project: Cambridge Assessment HQ, ‘The Triangle Project’.
Best BIM project for Subcontractor Engagement: CPMG Architects
Project: The Discovery Building, a state-of-the-art science facility in Nottingham, dedicated to cutting-edge research and supporting more than 300 specialist bioscience jobs.
Encouraging more SMEs to take up BIM technology, Alan Muse said “BIM offers significant benefits for a construction project, not to mention the client or project owner as it enables a project to be delivered faster, and to be of higher quality and have a more sustainable performance and more efficient operation.
“Therefore, more and more firms are adopting BIM for these reasons, and our winners are testament to those leading the way in utilising it to deliver better, more innovative and cost effective built initiatives. I hope they inspire other firms of the importance and benefits of BIM in revolutionising the construction process.”
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