3 July 2019

Beecroft awarded Constructing Excellence SECBE Award

The Beecroft Building has followed up its recent success in the RIBA National Awards by winning a SECBE Constructing Excellence Award.

Slide - Beecroft Building

The building, now occupied by the Physics Department, prevailed in the Integration & Collaborative Working category. These awards focus on excellent design, construction techniques and working practices, and aim to create positive change in the construction industry.

This award recognised the close collaboration between the project management team, designers, building users, mechanical and electrical contractors, purchasing managers and all the many other groups that need to come together seamlessly to create a building as technically exceptional as this one. The Beecroft’s success involved a written submission and a presentation and formal interview with the judging panel in London.

The judges praised the project’s delivery of ‘unprecedented research facilities in a constrained urban context through close collaboration [and] extensive engagement with the client team and contractor’s supply chain.’ They were also impressed by the work the teams behind the Beecroft have done to share what they have learned over the course of the project, noting that it helped drive continuous improvement by enabling the wider industry to ‘learn from the best’. Some of these findings are already being incorporated into other projects at universities including Cambridge, Cardiff and UCL.