A hat-trick for Bond Bryan

Last week proved to be a celebratory week for Bond Bryan when Matt Hutton, Associate Director responsible for the design and delivery of the David Hockney Building, picked up the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Award in the education category.

Only hours later Rob Jackson, Associate Director for Digital Innovation & Integration at Bond Bryan, scooped up two awards at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) BIM4SME Awards in London for Best SME BIM Blog and Best SME BIM Project (Medium Enterprise).

Bond Bryan’s design of the David Hockney Building responded to the client’s call for a landmark building that would encourage and support innovative forms of teaching and learning. To deliver this, and to provide long-term flexibility, a series of dynamic interlocking open floor plates were crafted within a simple exposed concrete frame. The result is a multi-level open plan collaborative heart-space for student-centred learning, with specialist cellular teaching zones at the perimeter. The building was officially opened in September 2014 and has since been a great success with students and staff alike.
At 24,000 square metres and a construction value of £36 million, the project is outstanding value for money.

The project was designed with a pioneering digital approach using a three-dimensional virtual model created with GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD, which together with the engineers’ design information were then combined into a single model using Autodesk Navisworks. This is an early and highly successful exemplar of the combination of information from different software platforms. Bond Bryan resolved interoperability issues by working closely with the software vendors and main contractor, BAM Construct UK Ltd and as a result were commended under the title of “heroes of interoperability” in the buildingSMART 2014 global awards (SME category). GRAPHISOFT have since made the David Hockney project their “signature building” for the global release of ARCHICAD 19.

Rob Jackson commented: “We’ve always believed passionately that being an SME is not a barrier to BIM. The BIM4SME’s work though is important to promote BIM to SME’s who have still yet to take up the challenge or who need support in the early stages of adoption. It is nice to be recognised at the RICS BIM4SME Awards as an SME who is demonstrating that BIM can bring real reward with the right commitment to the challenge.”

Bond Bryan have recently completed a further building at Bradford College, The Advanced Technology Centre, which will be officially opened in September 2015.


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