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BIM Initiative of the Year

The Woodlands project was a £26.4m school in Essex, comprising 10,410 sq m of new space to serve around 1,500 pupils.

Approximately 30 per cent of the services were modularised and the six main teaching corridors were fabricated offsite.

To make BIM happen, the project team was required to align the primary designers, co-ordination and fabrication specialists, onsite workforce, suppliers, offsite factory team, construction management team and the FM team.

Focusing on MEP, the building systems include heating delivered using traditional gas-fired boilers, serving variable temperature and low-temperature hot water systems.

This feeds radiant panels and underfloor heating. DX cooling was employed and the HWS was supplied via heat exchangers. Air-handling units were equipped with heat recovery systems. Piped services were run in black mild steel and copper, supported using Bison toggle fixings into pre-tensile Bison slabs.

Clients and end-users were engaged in a different way, with Skanska constructing a mobile virtual reality cave in the old school in order for higher levels of engagement to be achieved.