April saw the launch of the inaugural NEC Contractor of the Year Awards 2015 in London.

The winners and highly commended projects were presented with their awards at the inaugural NEC Awards ceremony at the Annual NEC Seminar on Monday, 20th April.

The theme of the awards was collaboration using NEC3 contracts with particular emphasis on Clause 10.1. For each award the judges were looking to identify those innovative projects and organisations that could demonstrate good practice through collaboration.

GRAHAM Construction receiving Highly Commended Contractor of the Year Award 2015

GRAHAM Construction receiving Highly Commended Contractor of the Year Award 2015

GRAHAM Construction collected the Highly Commended Contractor of the Year Award 2015 for their work on the Lanarkshire Wide Business Continuity Programme 2013 – 2018 which is being delivered under Frameworks Scotland 2, and reflects the work of the entire Project Team whose contributions have delivered success on the project.

The Project team includes:
• GRAHAM Construction
• Health Facilities Scotland
• NHS Lanarkshire
• Currie & Brown

The project itself involves the remediation of High and Significant Risk Rated Backlog Maintenance Work at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and the upgrading and refurbishment of plant equipment and clinical areas to help transform patient care, as well as delivery of a high standard of clinical accommodation with improved infection prevention and control.

A major part of the programme is the Theatre Refurbishment and new Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU). The existing theatres have issues around ventilation, plant and equipment and insufficient area and lesser functionality when compared with modern healthcare planning and technical guidance. Similarly, the ITU Unit has issues in terms of compliance with its spatial layout, ventilation compliance and functional suitability. The Theatre works in particular are challenging, as there is no decant facility and the NHS Lanarkshire provision is that all seven theatres remain available and in operation during the works. Detailed planning including Business Continuity has been identified in a collaborative manner between GRAHAM Construction, Health Facilities Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire and Currie & Brown, all working together to design the facility and integrate the detailed planning function to ensure the hospital operates as smoothly as possible.

“Good application of collaborative relationships in a technically complex environment to achieve continuous improvement under a NEC3 contract.”