As Opentree sponsored the Best BIM Project for Subcontractor Engagement category at the 2017 BIM4SMEs Awards on Tuesday 12 September, we were delighted to present this collaboration award (read the RICS news release). Aboard HMS Belfast in London, Opentree’s Dan Taylor-North had the honour of opening the envelope, announcing the winner, and then presenting the trophy to Nottingham-based CPMG Architects.
CPMG submitted the Discovery Building, in Nottingham’s BioCity quarter, to win the award. This building provides research space for scientists engaged in cutting edge bio-science and bio-chemistry research, and is located close to the city centre. The facility contains laboratories and offices, plus conference and meeting facilities on the ground floor. It is an energy-efficient building, rated BREEAM excellent, incorporating renewable technologies including solar PV. Power and heating are provided by a district heating system and a solar screen, designed by the artist Wolfgang Buttress, is provided to control thermal gain and glare.
The project team included Willmott Dixon, Gleeds and Pick Everard, and, given that the award was about BIM, SMEs, subcontractor engagement and collaboration (see previous post), we had to find out how the project was delivered.
BIM aiding collaboration
CPMG lead architect Matt Greenhalgh said:
“BIM was central to the success of this project and CPMG acted as a focus point between the contractor and partners to ensure industry best practices in BIM were adopted.
“BIM helped to inform better decision-making between all subcontractors, the client and tenants, without impacting on the design and construction programme, and enabled the manufacture of off-site components where possible.
“On-site changes were reduced thanks to the clash detection process helping all subcontractors to deliver on time, within budget and to a high quality. CPMG is proud to have utilised BIM on this project which was central to its success.”
CPMG employs dedicated BIM managers and 40 ‘Reviteers’ to maintain the level of expertise required to deliver major projects. Director Nick Gregory added:
“Our team has been using BIM technology for a number of years. This is just one example of several varied Level 2 projects we have delivered whilst working with clients, design teams, contractors and supply chains.
“We’re committed to growing our BIM expertise and capability in-house to comply with managing information for the delivery phase of construction projects. This award is a testament to the hard work of the team to continually improve the way we support teams to deliver building projects.”