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Preferred bidder announced for Government’s first BIM project at HMYOI Cookham Wood

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been selected as preferred bidder for the first adopter ‘pilot’ Government project on which Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been utilised through the tender and will be fully employed at contract stage.

The project, for clients the Ministry of Justice, comprises a new three-storey houseblock to house remand and convicted juveniles, together with an education facility at HMYOI Cookham Wood, part of the Rochester cluster of prisons.

HMYOI Cookham Wood is also the first ‘pilot’ Government project to use a Project Bank Account, to ensure efficiency of payments through to the supply chain and SMEs.

The houseblock will accommodate 179 young people in single cells and will replace existing substandard accommodation, which will be ‘mothballed’ on completion of the new block. An adjacent new two-storey regime building, which will house the prison’s main library, is to provide skills education and training in 15 classrooms and workshops. External works include three new fenced exercise yards, access roads and new security fencing. The facilities are being built on land adjoining the existing prison.

Managing director, Interserve Building, Ian Renhard commented:

“We are proud to be supporting the Ministry of Justice in leading the way on BIM, which reflects the importance of this Government initiative. This intelligent approach to delivery will bring many benefits for our clients not just during design and construction, but also into the long-term operation and management of these new facilities.”

Benefits of BIM include improved collaboration and design co-ordination; design efficiencies; reduced wastage in design, materials and on-site production; and greater benefits for asset management, custodial operation and on-going maintenance of the facilities.

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