VolkerFitzpatrick project manager Rakesh Chavda has won Gold at The Chartered Institute of Building’s 2016 Construction Manager of the Year Awards.
Rakesh took an innovative approach to the 41 Welbeck Street project, which involved constructing 12,000sqft of offices behind a retained Edwardian façade. His proposal for building the central lift and stair core in steel, instead of reinforced concrete poured in situ, brought the project in three months earlier than scheduled. He also suggested using an internal flying shore solution for pinning the retained façade in position during construction. This avoided the need to break out pavements, divert utilities and dig substantial new foundations, which would have been required if using an external steel support frame.
The Chartered Institute of Building has been running the Construction Manager of the Year Awards for the last forty years. As one of the most prestigious built environment awards in the world, the event is unique in its celebration of excellence in construction management. The ceremony features bronze, silver and gold medals, along with one overall ‘Construction Manager of the Year’ award. The event is known for frequently identifying future industry leaders, with 90 per cent of gold and silver medallists reporting that the awards had a positive effect on their career.