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Westminster-led team wins Build New York Live design competition with help from Fabrication Laboratory Westminster

Property and Construction 9 October 2015

The BIM4SME Giants team, comprising of University of Westminster Senior Lecturer Rob Garvey, Fabrication Laboratory Westminster in collaboration with architects, engineers and other construction professionals, has won the Build New York Live 2015 competition.

Build New York Live saw teams from across the world competing to design the best structures within the Hudson Yards, New York. The competition entrants were tasked with designing a sports arena and a 60-storey residential tower in just 48 hours. The BIM4SME Giants won the award for Best Use of Building Information Management (BIM) for Design for Community Outreach. The BIM4SME team was praised for complying with the brief, and in particular for their use of design to connect communities through sport, with their proposal described as “the most visionary design” in the competition. Fabrication Laboratory Westminster created a physical model of the proposal.

Project Leader Rob Garvey, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Property and Construction, said: “The University of Westminster acted as a project manager of the BIM4SME Giants team and gained significant practical experience of a collaborative BIM project. Involving the Fabrication Laboratory resulted in a magnificent fabricated model, the first time this has been done for a Build Earth Live Competition.”

BIM4SME is a non-profit organisation made up of individuals from different sectors within the construction industry. The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment inspiring more than 2,000 students at its teaching base in Marylebone, central London. Fabrication Laboratory Westminster was launched in April 2015, and provides an innovative learning environment, preparing students for digital fabrication in the 21st century. It includes two new purpose-built spaces offering advanced digital making facilities and is equipped with flexible computer controlled tools covering a wide range of scales, materials and processes.


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