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BIM expertise helps BWB scoop national Engineering Excellence Award

27 May 2013

BWB’s entry for the ACE's Centenary Engineering Excellence Awards 2013 focussed on our creative and effective utilisation of ‘cutting edge’ Building Information Modelling to deliver tangible project value and construction efficiency.

Our winning entry in the Building Structures (Medium Firm) category was Trinity House, E.ON's £30m Regional HQ Building in Nottingham. Steve Wooler, Managing Director, and Scobie Alvis, B&BE Group Director, collected the engraved glass trophy from Awards Dinner Host and BBC Newsreader Huw Edwards and Award Sponsor, Graham Nicholson of TGP.

The purpose-designed building for energy giant E.ON was initially given the title Project Green, a direct reference to their comprehensive and ambitious project brief to deliver an iconic ‘future-proofed’ office and call-centre that would achieve ‘BREEAM Excellent’ environmental and ‘EPC Category A’ energy efficiency criteria. BWB modelled the 9 storey building with twin level basement car-park using BIM compliant Revit software from commencement and liaised effectively with the steelwork fabricator and M&E sub-contractor to ensure seamless integration of building services and structural frame components. This proved to be remarkably successful, with only a single un-scheduled opening needing to be made in the structural frame to accommodate building services equipment.

Steve Wooler commented, “The project is testimony to the pivotal role that Consulting Engineers can play in delivering urban and economic regeneration projects. As an iconic building in Nottingham’s central core, Trinity House is a first class example of the transformative impact that engineering can have on a city and the benefits it can bring to its residents. Securing E.ON’s continued presence in Nottingham has safe-guarded employment, delivered a long-lasting stimulus to the local economy and is tangible proof that major employers can be attracted to city centre locations where sustainable transportation options of public transport, walking and cycling are the primary modes of travel for the building’s occupants.”

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive of ACE said, "The judging panel found the selection process to be very challenging due to the diverse range of entries and the excellent shortlisted candidates. Congratulations to the team at BWB on your success and your contribution to the industry."

Now into its sixth year, the ACE's Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate the high quality of work carried out by ACE member companies of all sizes across all sectors.