BAM’s £176 million Eastern Goods Yard project for developer Argent is part of a major regeneration programme of the King’s Cross area of London. The Eastern Goods Yard project, comprises a new campus for the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, part of the University of Arts, London (UAL), along with retail areas, leisure facilities, offices and public spaces.
UAL was a large project involving numerous subcontractors that required the input of several BAM planners simultaneously. “We used Asta Powerproject extensively for the duration of the project to manage the many phases and stages of the programme.” explained Mick Davis, BAM’s Senior Planner for the project. A four-year long operation of careful planning, scheduling, construction and communication culminated in the project receiving multiple awards across the industry.
“ We used Asta Powerproject extensively for the duration of the project to manage the many phases and stages of the programme.”
Multiple awards testimony to project success
The UAL won not just one, but a plethora of awards for this high-quality, forwardfocusing project, ranging from excellence in project delivery to the Mayor’s award for planning excellence, including:
- BCI – British Construction Industry – Major Building Project Award for Building Projects valued at over £50 million. The British Construction Industry Awards are an established and coveted industry accolade recognising overall excellence in the delivery of building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.
- RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects – Britain’s 50 Best New Buildings 2012 – RIBA Award winningschemes set the standard for great architecture all across the country.
- RICS– Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors – Regeneration Award 2012. The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational projects and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. Key judging criteria included the scope of the challenge at the inception stage and the successful delivery of the overall project.
- Building Awards – Public Building of the Year Award. These awards accolade the industry’s top performers by rewarding innovation throughout the construction sector.
- Concrete Society – Overall Winner. The longest running construction awards, now in their 45th year, award excellence in building and civil engineering.
- LABC – London Authority Building Control award for Best Education Development for high standards of construction and workmanship. These awards showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with technical issues, difficult sites, innovative and creative solutions.
- American Institute of Architects – UK Excellence in Design Award. The Awards Programme recognises and honours excellence in design.
- World Architecture News Education Award – awarding the designers for their pioneering architecture.
- London Planning Awards – Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, recognising planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business and visit.
Asta Powerproject copes with size and complexity
The sheer scope of this project necessitated the use of numerous subcontractors and, unlike on less complex developments, the employment of four BAM planners, which made close partnership and a cohesive approach to project management a critical element to project success. Explained Mick, “Using Asta Powerproject meant that our planners could work on the project in unison, regardless of their location, have the same visibility across the programme and get an accurate view of updates and progress to all areas.
BAM engages in design, construction, services engineering, property development and facilities management from a network of offices across England, Scotland and Wales. Its strong regional presence allows it to deliver its expertise locally and to stay close to customers and the communities where it works. Its projects span education, retail, mixed use development, health, office, leisure and law and order.