CMYA 2021 – Team of the Year

BAM Construction’s project team for 11-21 Canal Reach is the deserved first winner of the CIOB’s Team of the Year Award.

The project was delivered three weeks early during lockdown in February 2021 and client King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership was so pleased they are negotiating with the same team for their next project on the north London site.

Construction manager Peter Spears created a ‘one team’ ethos, building relationships that extended beyond individual companies and using lessons learned from BAM’s 20 years of experience at King’s Cross.

Highly commended

BAM Construction  Q-Zone, King’s Cross – Construction Project Delivery
Build UK  Representative Organisation for UK Construction Industry

The £200m 11-21 Canal Reach scheme is a 12-storey high, 585,999 sq ft mixed-use building with four internal atriums, cycle parking, panoramic lifts, private terraces and communal roof gardens.

Construction challenges included close proximity to HS1 – with a penalty of £10,000 per minute for any interruption to the live railway – though not a single incident was reported. Despite complex logistics on a tight city-centre site, one million worker-hours were completed on the project with zero reportable incidents.

Other finalists

ISG  Sky Labs project team, Construction Project Delivery
Placemakers London  Sustainable Home Building
Heron Bros  Leisure and Stadia Project Delivery
Skanska  Project Pre-Construction & Enabling
VolkerFitzpatrick  Emerging Talent Team
Morgan Sindall Construction  Construction Project Delivery

Innovations included a 3D-printed tool to install unitised cladding and the use of HoloLens technology to monitor progress against programme in BIM, shared in real time via an app with the client.

Part of BAM’s legacy will be the 347 apprenticeships delivered through the project, while community engagement included 248 hours of volunteering and virtual site tours for locals.

Alan Crane CBE and PPCIOB, now a consultant with project architect Bennetts Associates, described BAM’s approach on 11-21 Canal Reach as “collaborative, and exhilarating… truly one team”.

The 11-21 Canal Reach scheme

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