In a close-run contest, Bryden Wood was the judges’ unanimous choice for the winner of the Health & Safety Excellence category.
The offsite and prefabrication expert was cited for its “seamless commitment to safety from conception of a project right through to its completed and beyond”, with particular praise reserved for how the architectural practice had “embedded its approach” to health and safety within its company ethos.
“Bryden Wood takes the risk out of projects before they even begin, and has seen a remarkable evolution in regards to health and safety since the firm was founded” the judges said.
The company presented projects such as its ‘factory-in-a-box’ for pharmaceuticals firm GSK: a prefabricated solution that saw the rapid construction of healthcare facilities in developing countries.
Offsite design and assembly allowed the buildings to be put up without the need for a large number of skilled workers, with all building components colour-coded to allow for hazard-free assembly. It also led to a 75 percent reduction in labour requirements and a 60 percent saving in programme time. The designs eliminated working at height, with roofing, including M&E, built at ground level and hoisted into place.
Other projects, such as Crossrail tunnel panels, showed a safety-first approach to design: the panels were made lighter to lessen dangerous lifting on site, while clash detection systems and extensive use of BIM meant there was no unnecessary lifting or working at height on the job.
This approach, the judges said, was “at the leading edge of the industry”, allowing new facilities to be put up both quickly and safely.
Bryden Wood also demonstrated a health and safety focus in its research and development, with the judges especially impressed with its work in prefabricating prototype components to ensure quality and safety on sight.
Its multi-disciplinary approach – the firm includes architects, consultants, engineers and building services experts – also meant the company’s health and safety ethos could be rolled out and kept consistent across all its projects ensuring top safety standards were in place across the board.
“Bryden Wood’s approach to health and safety has showed no signs of the inertia that has plagued parts of the industry, setting it apart from its peers,” the judges concluded.
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