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GO Awards calls for entries in Scottish infrastructure

Recognising the best in all aspects of public procurement since 2003, the GO Awards is calling for entries for this year’s prestigious annual awards.

Entries for the GO Awards Scotland are open, including in the Infrastructure or Capital Project of the Year Award. Deadline for GO Awards Scotland entries is 26th August.

This award honours high-value and high-profile procurement projects which deliver successful outcomes to the betterment of communities in and across the UK.

Entries can come from any organisation within the supply chain for the delivery of successful, cost-effective infrastructure projects in compliance with the appropriate contract regulations. The award is open to public or utility sector organisations and private sector contractors if their entry is supported by the appropriate contracting authority for the infrastructure project.

To give you a flavour of past winners, in this video, Lawrence Shackman, Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services, describes the huge Queensferry Crossing project and what led it to become an award winner.

The Queensferry Crossing won Infrastructure Project of the Year for Transport Scotland in last year’s ceremony and went on to win at the GO Awards National.

The Queensferry Crossing is Scotland’s largest infrastructure investment in a generation; the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world forms the centrepiece of the Scottish Government’s unprecedented £1.35Bn upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland.

Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in September 2017, this new iconic structure has been designed to complement the existing road and rail crossings and safeguard a vital connection in the country’s transport network.

GO Awards Scotland Lead Judge – Grahame Steed- wrote: “Outstanding submission for an outstanding project that won in the GO Awards Scotland. A major undertaking, record breaking in some aspects – delivered on time and to budget.”

Working for client Transport Scotland, the project has been led by the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, consisting of HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, American Bridge International, Dragados S.A. and Morrison Construction. Given the 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure’s critical economic importance, FCBC’s decision to appoint national engineering specialist SES Engineering Services (SES), to its first ever bridge project, underlined the quality and ambition of the M&E contractor’s innovative offsite approach.

Offsite working on this project was not just a consideration, it was a necessity. With each 800-tonne deck section completed onshore then manoeuvred by boat from the port into place under the bridge, the use of offsite methods impacted every stage of SES’ project.

As the first MEP services contractor to achieve BRE Accredited BIM Level 2 Certification, SES and Prism provided true digital manufacturing functionality by marrying digital processes to limit waste, with the ability to create lean modules easily installed by engineers’ offsite in Scotland.

This overwhelming commitment to offsite engineering dramatically reduced the need for working at height and saved more than 32,500 hours of labour, making the comparison to out-dated on-site methods almost immeasurable.

SES’ Business Director North and Scotland, Steve Joyce, commented: “The crossing represents leading-edge, 21st Century civil engineering. It’s a rare opportunity to be involved in building a new major infrastructure project of international significance. We knew this was the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the true capabilities of offsite technologies; and as part of a truly collaborative approach, this is a once-in-a-lifetime project designed with M&E at its core.”

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Images courtesy of Transport Scotland