25th Birthday BIM Project Award

Our 25th Birthday Awards recognise leading architectural studios, design collaborations and project sharing best practice; inspiring others to adopt model based design and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

The following projects have been shortlisted for the Applecore Designs BIM Project Award with the winner being announced on 19 March 2020.

BGS – Alan Walters Building

BIM Project Award Nominee - Alan Walters Building

The Alan Walters Building provides the Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham with a dedicated facility for their Postgraduate, MBA and Executive programmes. This includes a specialist 100 seat Harvard-style lecture theatre and a mock trading room, a traditional 200 seat raked lecture theatre, and a range of teaching rooms. The inclusion of informal social learning spaces – and programme support offices – ensures the new building serves as both the social and academic base for postgraduate students.

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Bond Bryan – Bradford College

BIM Project Award Nominee - Bradford College

After the stellar success of the David Hockney Building, the brief for this project was to create a building which complemented the David Hockney Building both in terms of vision and educational aspiration. Positioned adjacent to the David Hockney Building, Bond Bryan’s Advanced Technologies Centre creates a rich design dialogue between the two buildings, purposefully resonating in materiality and form with its ‘bigger brother’.

Delivered within budget and on time, the eco-friendly BREEAM ‘Excellent’ campus provides young people and adults the access to state-of-the-art technology to develop specialist skillsets needed to meet the requirements of employers regionally, nationally and internationally within the Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics sectors.

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JRA – Bracken House

BIM Project Award Nominee - Bracken House

Originally designed by Albert Richardson in the early 1950’s as the headquarters and print works for the Financial Times, the building underwent a dramatic reconstruction in 1988 by Michael Hopkins and Partners. After a quarter of a century of use, JRA has sensitively refurbished the Grade II* listed building, providing an enlarged entrance hall, new internal courtyards which link the central office space with the 1950’s wings, and a landscaped roof garden with a running track.

The offices have been completely modernised with a new energy efficient air conditioning system and state-of-the-art LED lighting, and additional daylight has been introduced into the atrium by partially glazing the atrium roof. JRA worked closely with ARUP to plan the refurbishment using BIM level 2 for design coordination and clash detection.

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Kettle Collective – Lakhta Centre

BIM Project Award Nominee - Lakhta Centre

Tony Kettle led the concept design team for Phase 1 of the Lakhta Centre whilst at RMJM, creating an iconic building and masterplan that will revitalise an area of former industrial land 12km from the city centre on the coast off the Gulf of Finland. The inspiration for the tower design comes from the concept of energy in water, with the form of the building deriving its shape from the changing nature of water, ever changing light and reflections.

The five-sided tower twists as it rises to delicately touch the sky. The proposal also features a unique environmental strategy, which acts as a low energy ‘fur coat’. The double-layered skin of the tower will allow the maximisation of daylight and the minimisation of heat loss in the extreme St. Petersburg environment. Kettle Collective were engaged for Phase 2 Concept so that Tony Kettle could continue the same principles into the next phase.

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BIM Project Award

The judges will award out of all the individual category winners, the submission they feel best represents excellence and best practice during the past two decades. They will be looking for: collaboration between multiple participants and use of IFC and open BIM; challenges solved with use of model based design; complexity of geometry; uniqueness of the BIM project; creativity in the project execution and most importantly the wow factor!