Sir Robert McAlpine – The Foundry, Newcastle
In another fiercely contested category, Sir Robert McAlpine’s work on new student accommodation in Newcastle came out on top.
The project, known as The Foundry, was an £8.3m job in Newcastle city centre for client Trust Estates, creating 207 student beds in a mixture of four to eight-bedroom flats as well as studios.
What set this project apart, however, was Sir Robert McAlpine’s willingness to take a different approach – all with the client in mind.
That approach was to use modular construction, with each modular section provided by Hull-based specialist Premier Modular and craned into place on site.
MD of Premier Modular, Eugenio de Sa had the following to say: “The Construction News Award is a very prestigious award and a great advert for our company. Something that we are very proud of!”