16 May 2011
WYG has helped a 42-year-old leisure centre in Billingham win the ‘Integration & Collaborative Working Award’ at the Construction Excellence in the North East Awards.
The consultancy worked in partnership with Stockton Borough Council (SBC) to undergo a major £18.5m refurbishment of the “Forum” in Billingham, providing the latest in leisure and entertainment facilities with an energy efficient and durable mechanical and electrical design.
The awards are organised by Construction Excellence in the North East (CENE) and recognise excellence and celebrate the achievements of organisations and projects from across the North East’s construction industry. The award was announced at the ceremony on Friday 13 May at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth.
Alex Bryden, Technical Director, WYG said: “To be recognised by our peers for excellence in construction is a real honour. The project was up against such quality nominations that the CENE judges elected to make three awards; Commended, Highly Commended and Overall Winner.
“We have worked with Stockton Borough Council (SBC) on the three-year framework since 2008 providing mechanical and electrical design; the appointment was extended by a further year in March 2011. The essence of the framework was one of collaborative working and understanding of each partner’s role working on the framework. We worked very closely with all team members and particularly with SBC’s engineering department who have had a long standing involvement with the Forum building.
“Due to the nature of the 1960’s building large areas of engineering design had to be detailed once the building works, such as the walls etc, were ‘opened up’. We have been on hand to agree collaborative solutions not only with the client but also the design team and principal contractor, Morgan Sindall.
“The 1960s centre has become a state-of-the-art leisure and theatre facility with improvements including a swimming pool, ice rink, gym, indoor bowling hall and theatre. Measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the building have also been incorporated, including an advanced heating control system and state of the art refrigeration package to the ice rink,” he added.
Winners are selected across 12 categories including innovation, integration, value and sustainability and go on to compete in the National Constructing Excellence Awards, held every year in the autumn.
The team working on the “Forum” consisted of WYG and Stockton Borough Council; architect Deveraux, structural engineer BGP and contractor Morgan Sindall.