Modelling wins award for firm

Damon Stevenson, sales director at Exactel, with, right, Craig Muldoon, pre-construction manager at Howard Russell Construction.
Damon Stevenson, sales director at Exactel, with, right, Craig Muldoon, pre-construction manager at Howard Russell Construction.

An Annitsford architectural firm has won an industry award for its expertise in building information modelling (BIM).

Howard Russell Construction, the first BIM-accredited contractor in the North East and only the second in the UK, won a prize at the first Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors BIM4SME (BIM for small and micro enterprises) Awards, held in London.

The company, based at Apex Business Village, south of Cramlington, picked up the accolade for best BIM project for its work on a food storage and distribution centre in London.

BIM involves generating and managing a digital model of a building, including the scope of works needed.

Craig Muldoon, pre-construction manager at Howard Russell Construction, said “We’re delighted to accept this award. It proves that BIM is not just for large national contractors and benefits the contractor as much as client.

“BIM is changing how buildings, infrastructure, and utilities are planned, designed, built, and managed.

“We are committed to keeping up with the latest industry trends and requirements, and this is why we have invested heavily in upskilling so that we can be at the forefront of delivering BIM projects and sharing our expertise to encourage best practice.”

Alan Muse, the institution’s director of built environment, said: “It was a pleasure to recognise and celebrate Howard Russell Construction’s achievements at our inaugural awards.”

“This is a company that has displayed a great knowledge and understanding of BIM, while being instrumental in pushing the BIM agenda among its peers.

“These awards were created to recognise and promote the great benefits of BIM in the industry today.

“BIM will drive the future skills agenda, something which we fully support and hope to continue to support through the BIM-focused products and services we offer.

“For smaller companies, investment in technical skills such as BIM provides an opportunity to differentiate their business offering.

“Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thank you to everyone who participated in the awards.”