Built Environment for Collaboration and integration (BECi), part of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) at the University of Westminster, will be the Academic Partner on two Government trial projects.

In May 2011, in an effort to reduce costs, the Government announced that by 2016 all of its construction projects will need to be built using collaborative 3D BIM – Building Information Modelling. BIM is now one of the hottest subjects in the Built Environment.

In response to this, and in the knowledge that the success of this strategy will not just be about adopting and being able to use BIM technology, ABE formed BECi – Built Environment for Collaboration and integration.

In mid-2012 the Cabinet Office announced a number of trial projects to provide ‘proof of concept’ for the various themes in the Government Construction Strategy that looks at reducing the cost of Government construction projects by 15 to 20 per cent.

BECi will be the Academic Partner on two of the Government’s Two Stage Open Book trial projects. Rob Garvey will lead on the trial project with the Supply Chain Management Group (SMCG) and Martin Ball will lead on the Ministry of Justice Cookham Wood project, which is also the lead BIM trial project.

By collaborating directly with the supply chain through the competitive Two Stage Open Book procurement process, the SCMG (a consortium of three social housing groups in London: Hackney Homes, Homes for Haringey and Newham Homes) is achieving savings of up to 20 per cent.

Working on the design and delivery of an 180-cell extension to Cookham Wood prison in Kent, the Ministry of Justice, together with contractors Faithful + Gould, Sweett Group, URS, HLN and Interserve, is the first Government department to trial level two BIM ahead of the technology’s roll-out across all public sector projects by 2016.

Related information

BECi site

HLN Engineering site

For further information, contact:

Sue Tuttlebury
Business Development
University of Westminster
T: 0203 506 6584
[email protected]

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