MD Blog: BCI Awards 2017


Last Wednesday 11th October, team AWD took the short trip to London for the British Construction Industry Awards 2017, after being shortlisted for the prestigious Temporary Works Award for our work on the V&A Museum of Design in Dundee. This is the second year in a row we have been recognised nationally for our work, after being shortlisted in 2016 for our Suspended Access Platform design for CenterParcs in Longleat, a design which went on to win the Construction News Awards Project of the Year accolade for 2017.

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For all of us at Alan White Design, it was a very proud day to have our work recognised at the highest level in our industry, amongst the biggest and best engineering and construction firms in the UK.

From our Kilmarnock office, we provide a range of consultant engineering services specialising in temporary works, access engineering and structural design, working with clients all across the globe, and it was our growing reputation for innovative temporary works designs that led contractors, Careys Plc, to seek out the skills of our talented engineering team for the iconic Dundee project.

For our temporary works engineers, the unique design of the £80.11 million Kengo Kuma structure presented a distinctive design challenge. The technical expertise our team displayed in designing a temporary propping system to support 2240m³ of curved concrete in the temporary condition until the building was complete is testament to the strength of knowledge held by our talented team and is a great display of the type of creative design we are renowned for.

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At AWD, we are committed to working in an environmentally friendly way, having recently achieved our ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System accreditation. With this in mind, we brought a key innovation in temporary works to our design for V&A Dundee, by recycling the pre-existing falsework elements and upgrading them to a temporary propping system capable of supporting such a complex structure for over a year and a half. Not only did this approach save time and money for our clients, but it ensured minimal waste and the lowest possible impact on the environment.

We believe that using this type of progressive thinking on such a prestigious project is a sterling example of how temporary works, when taking a holistic approach, can utilise and transform proprietary products to enhance the whole construction process.

The awards ceremony itself was held in the Great Room of the 5* Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair, and it was everything you would expect from such a high-profile event at a luxury hotel, with a champagne reception, candle-lit tables dressed with crystal, and a 4 course meal served straight from a Michelin starred kitchen. Alan ‘Voice of the balls’ Dedicoat was also on hand to carry out MC duties for the night’s events! And, although we missed out on the top prize on the night, AWD were the only SME shortlisted within our competitive category, which we believe highlights that the quality and expertise available from SME’s throughout our industry.

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You can read more about our temporary propping system at V&A Dundee here.