NEC is celebrating after being recognised for playing an instrumental role on more than half of the winning projects at this year’s British Construction Industry Awards (BCI Awards), including the Major Building Project of the Year, the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, the Best Practice Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Recognising outstanding achievement in building and civil engineering projects, the annual BCI Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, are the ultimate celebration of the industry’s achievements and represent the pinnacle of excellence in British construction and engineering.
Of the 23 projects honoured at this year’s ceremony, 13 were procured by NEC3 contracts, which represented a combined project value of £15.2 billion. These included the £269 million Zaha Hadid designed London Aquatics Centre, which was procured using the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract option C and won the Major Building Project of the Year prize. Crossrail (Transport for London), which used NEC3 ECC option C, received four project awards including being highly commended within the BIM Project Application Award and the Temporary Works Awards.
The Environment Agency’s Medmerry Managed Realignment scheme in West Sussex, which also used NEC3 ECC option C, won both The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award and the Civil Engineering Project of the Year in the £10 to £50 million category. Other NEC winners included Surrey County Council’s A244 Walton Bridge, which won the Best Practice Award, and the Environment Agency’s Godmanchester Flood Risk Management scheme, which won the Outstanding Contribution Award for ‘setting a standard to follow in the future’.
Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, said: “It’s fantastic to see NEC being recognised for its involvement with major clients including the Environment Agency, Transport for London, London Legacy Development Corporation, Scottish Water and Surrey County Council. It was particularly good to see Crossrail - Europe's largest construction project and the biggest ever to be procured by NEC3 contracts - win four awards, including the Programme Management Award.
“Since the launch of NEC3 contracts, they have been used globally to successfully deliver some of today’s biggest infrastructures and frameworks and we are delighted that we have been able to play a vital role in delivering more than £15 billion worth of award-winning construction projects. Interest and uptake of NEC products and services is continually growing. We have also recently announced a new partnership with the Hong Kong Government, which will see NEC3 contracts used across all its projects put out for tender in 2015/16.”