Success of Olympic Proportions at This Years’ Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards

Jaime-Louise O'Donnell
East Riding Leisure Bridlington tops the table, receiving a double award.

We have once again been successful at the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Awards. This year the recently completed £25 million landmark leisure project, East Riding Leisure Bridlington, was the centre of attention. The prestigious scheme won 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project of the Year', 'Best of the Best' and even won 'Best Selfie' demonstrating a clear ability to deliver exemplar results whilst having fun.

The awards were held at New Dock Street in Leeds on the 1st of July, which followed the official opening ceremony for the new leisure centre earlier that day. The launch attracted much attention, seeing none other than Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE, former badminton world champion and Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms MBE and former professional footballer Dean Windass assisting with proceedings.

Chris Shaw, associate director, comments: "Simply the icing on the cake after what has been the most interesting and rewarding project for our Leeds team. Our significant efforts and close relationship with the Council meant the project completed ahead of programme and within budget. The scheme is hugely important in the regeneration of Bridlington and must be one of the best leisure facilities in the country."

"The scheme is hugely important in the regeneration of Bridlington and must be one of the best leisure facilities in the country."

Chris Shaw, Faithful+Gould Associate Director

East Riding Leisure Bridlington was the first major facility to be designed utilising BIM by the Council and this was critical to Faithful+Gould's appointment and our ability to dovetail our cost management activities into this new challenge.

Sophie Barrow, senior quantity surveyor, led our cost management delivery and went on to comment: "Developing the scheme in a BIM environment meant we were able to develop cost plans more efficiently and monitor the design more effectively throughout the design process. BIM also helped significantly with stakeholder management and provided for a much smoother construction phase with fantastic results."

Speaking about his project, East Riding of Yorkshire Project Manager, Adam Holmes, said: "We wanted a team of people who would all contribute to the scheme and bring their knowledge and expertise, that we could see were enthusiastic about it, that we could work well with and I think that Faithful+Gould, during the design stage, brought a lot to the table. Its great to be part of East Riding Leisure Bridlington's award winning scheme and particularly for having that recognition of winning awards, it really tells us that the project was as successful as we felt, both in the design and construction."

East Riding Leisure Bridlington Award Winning Success

"We wanted a team of people who would all contribute to the scheme and bring their knowledge and expertise..."

Adam Holmes, East Riding of Yorkshire Project Manager

A second Faithful+Gould project delivered this year also received honours at the awards. Our project for the rebuilding of the Airedale International Air Conditioning Factory was 'highly commended' within the Integration and Collaborative Working Category. This £35 million scheme is the new-build state-of-the-art manufacturing facility following a tragic fire in September 2013 which meant the factory had to be completely rebuilt.

Craig Hitchenor, managing quantity surveyor, comments: "Its great that the project has been recognised for its collaboration following what was a very fast paced scheme to ensure disruption to manufacturing was kept to a minimum. Within three months Airedale was back in business within a temporary facility and we were procuring the new factory which we completed in just over two years. A great result!"

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