We are delighted to announce that we have been presented with a trophy at The North West Regional Construction Awards for the third year running.  

The event took place last week at The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and celebrated outstanding examples of best practice within the North West’s built environment sector. The ceremony recognised exceptional companies that have demonstrated strength, passion and commitment in a collaborative and sustainable manner.  

We were presented with The Innovation Award for our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), a research project that sees us exploring life cycle costs of buildings.   

The project, led by Dr Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi, who joined BCM in January 2015, identifies the most cost effective methods of carbon and energy reductions using detailed BIM and DSM models. The outcome is highly useful to ourselves and the wider design teams in which we work, as it provides a business case for investment and helps clients achieve the best long-term value from their projects.  

Having previously been named as Consultant of the Year at this ceremony for two years in row and having been awarded the Innovation Award last year for our work combining Dynamic Simulation Modelling with BIM, it was an honour to receive an award again this year.  

Winning this particular category for a second year in a row highlights us as being a forward thinking, integral part of the construction industry, leading the way with excellent service delivery and a strong commitment to collaborative and innovative working.

Earlier this year, we were crowned as Consultancy of the Year for the third year running at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016.

Brian Morris, BCM’s Managing Director, said: “Our repeat awards success really is something to be proud of. To have now won awards for three consecutive years at two different ceremonies is a real testament to all of the team here.   The Innovation Award win highlights us as a progressive company that is aiming to change the foundations of the way construction is procured.  Haniyeh’s research work has been of the highest order and it’s a great accolade for her efforts to be recognised in this way. We are already seeing benefits from our life cycle costing analysis for clients who are retaining assets the savings can be very substantial over a long period of time. It is a real plus to see our collaborative approach being recognised as a common theme within all of our awards.”   ­

Professor Andrew Ross from LJMU, said; “Working with BCM has provided a great opportunity for us to test some theoretical ideas in a practical environment, awards such as this demonstrate the impact that this approach has. Knowledge transfer projects provide an excellent foundation for innovative ideas to be co-developed between academia and businesses and this is a particularly good example.”

BCM Staff with the award

MORE ABOUT OUR LIFE CYCLE COST RESEARCH:  

Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi writes:

For years the industry has been calling for initial construction costs only. Therefore, capital costs hold the most important role in decision making, yet contribute only circa 10-15% of the Whole Life Cycle Cost (WLCC) of the buildings.

The KTP project has enabled BCM to inform the design team of the lowest lifetime cost option available within the capital budget, and provide a business case for additional investment in energy efficiency measures. The former allows us to demonstrate in pounds and pence the value delivered by a construction project, and the latter unlocks additional client or third party funding for energy and labour efficiency measures. This all helps client to determine whether they can afford to build and maintain the building and what the budget for cost in use should be.

In addition, the industry’s construction strategy for 2025 calls for a 33% cut in capital costs but also an equal fall in whole life costs. Therefore, BCM saw an opportunity to leverage the increasing focus on long-term value, via our expertise as Building Services Engineers and BIM, to effect positive and lasting change on the construction industry. By developing the capability to calculate the LCC of a building from a BIM model, we could enable end clients to make design decisions that delivered maximum value. Choosing design options with lower operational, maintenance and replacement costs means organisations could use the funds saved to benefit the occupiers of the building while it is in use.

Operating and maintenance costs are predominantly for building services. Thus, to develop an M&E LCC capability, BCM engaged in a KTP with Dianne Marsh and Dr Andy Ross from Liverpool John Moores University funded by innovate UK. Then, Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi, with PhD in Sustainable Architecture and Life Cycle Costing, joined the team as KTP associate and Low Carbon Quantity Surveyor, to develop the service.

Sharing our research findings is central to BCM since this sustainable approach and adoption of Life Cycle Cost is a giant leap for the industry. Initial results from the pilot projects were shared in academic case studies, chosen as the winning entry in Leeds Beckett’s Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) awards last September.

In November 2015 we shared our progress and findings with the Constructing Excellence group in Manchester, leading a seminar to inform local construction industry leaders of the technical capability available and the lessons learnt from our research. You can watch the presentation using below link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cs2pZLH-HQ

Moreover, a paper detailing the results of our research in respect of the design of a school was successfully accepted to the CIBSE technical symposium, and we were invited to present our findings to the symposium in April. The paper is available to download via below link:

http://www.cibse.org/Knowledge/CIBSE-Technical-Symposium-2016/Life-cycle-cost-of-mechanical-and-electrical-servi