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BCIA winners: Zaha’s Aquatics Centre bags top award

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Zaha Hadid’s Stirling Prize contender has won the Major Building Project Award at the annual British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA)

Zaha Hadid Architects’ London Aquatics Centre has seen off schemes by Norman Foster, Rafael Viñoly, Hopkins, Richard Rogers and Mecanoo to win the coveted Major Building Project of the Year award.

Re-opened as a public pool earlier this year, the former 2012 Olympic Games showstopper beat a number of headline-grabbing schemes, including Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham – which is also shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize – to be named the best building with a budget over £50 million.

Duggan Morris scooped the Building Project of the Year with a value up to £10 million category, its Ortus learning centre in Denmark Hill, south London, chosen ahead of six other finalists including the practice’s own Mansel Court office scheme.

There were also victories for Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ overhaul of Bonhams auction house in the £10-£50 million building project category and for Reiach and Hall Architects’ new headquarters for Scottish Water, which took home the Sustainability Award.

The annual awards are an established and coveted industry accolade recognising overall excellence in the delivery of building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

The rigorous judging process includes a visit to every shortlisted entrant in the building and civil engineering project categories by members of the expert jury, which again included the AJ’s acting editor, Rory Olcayto.

The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award was won by Jacob’s flood defence and ‘managed realignment’ of the coast at Medmerry, south of Chichester.

Building Project of the Year (up to £10million)

Ortus by Duggan Morris

Ortus by Duggan Morris Architects

Building Project of the Year (£10million - £50million)

Bonhams by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

LDS Bonhams

Major Building Project of the Year (more than £50million)

London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

International Project of the Year

The Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project by Mott MacDonald

BIM Project Application Award

Skanska UK, 66 Queen Square, Bristol

Civil Engineering Project of the Year (up to £10million)

Llanelli Green Infrastructure Project by Arup

Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£10million - £50million)

Medmerry Managed Realignment by Jacobs

Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (more than £50million)

United Utilities Sludge Balanced Asset Programme by United Utilities/MWH

Product Design Innovation Award

Siniat, GTEC Weather Defence at Abercynon Community Primary School

Programme Management Award


Temporary Works Award - Building

Wentworth House Partnership, part of Keltbray Group, 8-10 Moorgate

Temporary Works Award - Civil Engineering

Tony Gee and Partners LLP, Singapore Sports Hub - National Stadium



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