Skanska’s Queen Square development scoops industry award

Press release 10/10/2014 10:43 CET

Skanska’s speculative office development at 66 Queen Square, Bristol, has been crowned BIM Project Application Award winner in the annual British Construction Industry awards 2014.

Award winners (l-r): John Snow (TV presenter), Daniel Reucroft, Malcolm Stagg, Derren Masters and Keiron Baldwin, with the award presenter

The award, for Skanska’s innovative approach to using BIM (Building Information Modelling), tackles the challenges of blending a part-listed building with a new construction. It is the second year in a row that Skanska has scooped the award, following last year’s success with The Woodlands School.

The award-winning 2014 entry has seen three key objectives being progressed: ‘BIM for free’, ‘BIM for everyone’ and ‘Timing is everything’.

The team, which includes members of the supply chain, worked hard to demystifying the technology and engage the supply chain alongside Skanska’s in-house teams.

Collaborative use of BIM throughout the whole design process supported the ‘Timing is everything’ objective and 2d drawings were banned from design team meetings – anyone who turned up to a meeting with a 2d drawing paid a nominal fine – to push engagement through the BIM models.

Malcolm Stagg, Skanska’s UK head of BIM, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for our work with BIM for the second year running. Our work on the 66 Queen Square project is very progressive and our collaborative approach really does engage everyone in delivering a successful project, including our supply chain.

“I’m very proud to say on behalf of everyone involved, that this award proves Skanska’s commitment to BIM and is great recognition for the project team. We are leading positive change in the industry, in this instance to deliver an excellent place to work.”

In the BIM Project Application category the Costain Skanska joint venture at Paddington was also highly commended, while Brent Civic Centre received the same accolade in the Sustainability section.