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The British Precast Best Project award is aimed at showcasing outstanding projects that were completed in 2010 and for which member supplied products were used and contributed to the project's success.
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Decomo- Bodleian Book Storage, Swindon
Having opened back in 1602 and now with more than 11 million books already on its shelves, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University had been fast running out of space for many years. What’s more, as it receives a copy of every published work in Britain, this means finding a home for some 1000 new books every day, equivalent to three miles of shelving a year. Known as the Bodleian Book Storage Facility at South Marston, Swindon, that new home – capable of holding 8.4 million volumes on 153 miles of shelving – is now complete.
The new book warehouse will store lower usage items from the libraries’ collections that had overwhelmed the existing bookstacks and required additional temporary storage in various locations in and outside Oxford. These collections will now be brought together at the BSF, including books, maps, manuscripts microfilms, periodicals and newspapers primarily from the 18th century onwards.
Runner-up: Thorp Precast, Pudding Mill Lane Pumping Station
The pumping station in the Olympic Park connects the extensive sewer network to the existing Victorian sewers of the Northern Outfall. The shape of the building is generated from the powerful circular form of the underground well and reflects the functional aspects of the engineering. The pigmented concrete walls of the building and perimeter are cast with a relief pattern based on the Victorian engineering drawings of Joseph Bazalgette. They celebrate the engineering achievements of the sewer networks old and new, and contribute to a sense of civic pride engendered by this key infrastructure building onwards.
Explore Manufacturing - One Hyde Park
One Hyde Park: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, London is a prestigious residential development of over 80 hyper luxury flats located in four linked towers.
The pivotal site in the centre of Knightsbridge is where the old Bowater offices once stood
between the Brompton Road and Hyde Park. Edinburgh Gate the existing road link under
Bowater House was relocated to the west end of the site as part of the development plan.
Whilst the design is unquestionably contemporary, the colour and texture of the materials reflect and compliment the brick and stone buildings in the adjacent streets. Exposing the structural elements is a common feature in buildings designed by Rogers and One Hyde Park is no
exception in this respect. The façade is framed by precast columns and beams in a simple and regular grid.
Marshalls - Port of Felixstowe
The judges were impressed by the fact that Marshalls had not only produced 13.3 million concrete paver units to a demanding technical specification, but had also delivered them to a challenging logistics programme, working with the contractor to achieve zero defects and accidents and showing extended producer responsibility and involvement.
The pavers were supplied to site pre-packaged in their laid formation, enabling mechanical installation to significantly reduce installer exposure to excessive manual handling and its associated health & safety risks.
The pavers were manufactured and tested to an advanced mix design that exceeded the requirements of the current British Standard a requirement of the Contract.
Brett Landscaping- Green House Project
Huntingdonshire District Council established a project, with support from the BRE, to investigate how existing domestic properties can be refurbished affordably and easily, not only to reduce carbon emissions but to provide healthier homes that are cheaper, comfortable and more efficient to run.
Hanson UK- Business School and Student Hub, Manchester Metropolitan University
The new Business School and Student Hub for Manchester Metropolitan University is intended to be at the forefront of green building development in Manchester. The 20,000 sq metre building will incorporate a new Faculty and as well as a cross-university facility for 5,000 students and 250 staff including catering, social learning zones and IT drop-in spaces.
Externally, the building is envisaged as jewel-like in its form. On plan, its trapezoid form is driven by a reaction to the geometry of site. The building not only skews on plan, it also slopes on section. The building rises up from 4 floors on its campus side to 7 floors facing the city and the busy Mancunian Way. The building design is driven by a shared ambition to create a progressive low energy University building. Thermal mass, natural daylight and controlled ventilation are the basis for creating a low energy ‘base-building’. In support, it is proposed that there will be a number of integrated energy generation features. A large photovoltaic installation is planned for the extensive South facing roof whilst ground water cooling supports the cooling requirements for IT and occupancy intensive spaces.
SCC- Greater Manchester Police Headquarters
As part of the Greater Manchester Police Force re-location to Newton Heath, Design Build Contractor SCC Ltd were appointed for the design, manufacture and erection of cladding panels to the buildings external façade.
As part of its re-location plan, to move to a new state of the art Headquarters at Newton Heath, project architects Aedas on behalf of GMP, had to consider the ever increasing problem of onsite parking. This has been achieved using a piece of land sandwiched between its new Headquarters, and the shortly to be completed Metro-link line to Oldham.
Techrete- Severn Trent Centre, Coventry
The finish specified is acid etching which is a method of removing the very thin layer of laitance, formed by the fine aggregate and cement particles from the concrete surface exposing the texture and colour of the matrix beneath.
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