CPMG awarded for BIM expertise on Discovery Building scheme

The design team behind the East Midland’s flagship bioscience facility – The Discovery Building – has scooped an award for subcontractor engagement at the national RICS BIM4SME awards.

Nottingham and London based CPMG Architects was presented with the award at a ceremony held on 12 September at London’s HMS Belfast.

The building was realised through Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM), with the design team using BIM to work collaboratively in a 3D environment to design and develop construction information.

After three years of work and a £30 million investment the five-storey building opened in May 2017 and has already won the Judges’ Special Award at the East Midlands Property Dinner.

Matt Greenhalgh, lead architect on the project said: “BIM was central to the success of this project and CPMG acted as a focus point between the contractor and partners to ensure industry best practices in BIM were adopted.

“BIM helped to inform better decision making between all subcontractors, the client and tenants, without impacting on the design and construction programme, and enabled the manufacture of off-site components where possible.

“On site changes were reduced thanks to the clash detection process helping all subcontractors to deliver on time, within budget and to a high quality. CPMG is proud to have utilised BIM on this project which was central to its success.”

CPMG has been recognised by BSI (British Standards Institution) for its capability in the use of BIM. The firm joins just a small group of other British architects to hold this prestigious accolade. CPMG employs dedicated BIM managers and 40 ‘reviteers’ to maintain the level of expertise required to deliver major projects.

Nick Gregory, director for CPMG Architects added: “Our team has been using BIM technology for a number of years. This is just one example of several varied Level 2 projects we have delivered whilst working with clients, design teams, contractors and supply chains.

“We’re committed to growing our BIM expertise and capability inhouse to comply with managing information for the delivery phase of construction projects. This award is a testament to the hard work of the team to continually improve the way we support teams to deliver building projects.”

The annual awards were established three years ago to recognise SMEs at the forefront of delivering successful BIM (Building Information Modelling) projects and initiatives, while promoting best practice and the importance of SMEs to the adoption of BIM. This year the awards received a record number of entries.

The project team included Willmott Dixon, Gleeds and Pick Everard.