The McAvoy Group has won an industry award for its use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design of West Hill School in Surrey.
McAvoy was presented with the award for Best Virtual Reality BIM at the third annual RICS BIM4SME Awards. The award was given to the company for the design and delivery of a two-storey primary school building for children with special educational needs at West Hill School (model pictured above) for Surrey County Council.
Commenting on the awards, Alan Muse, Global Director of Built Environment Standards at the RICS, said: “BIM offers significant benefits for construction projects. It enables a project to be delivered faster, of higher quality, have more sustainable performance, and more efficient operation.
“More firms are adopting BIM for these reasons and our winners are testament to those leading the way in utilising it to deliver better, more innovative and cost-effective built initiatives.”
Eugene Lynch, Managing Director of The McAvoy Group, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our commitment and investment in BIM has been recognised in this way. McAvoy was the first offsite construction specialist to be accredited to BIM Level 2 — which was a major achievement. We are now working towards BIM Level 3, as we really value the efficiency benefits that the process and the latest virtual reality technology can bring to our customers and our offsite projects.”
David Clark, Innovation Manager at The McAvoy Group added: “There is a strong synergy between BIM and offsite construction. Our offsite solutions and factory production processes significantly reduce time on site and improve the quality and efficiency of buildings. The use of BIM takes that to a new level.
“We consider BIM and virtual reality to be an absolutely vital part of our business. Harnessing the latest technology allows us to streamline processes even further, to help facilitate better decision making and enhance stakeholder engagement at the earliest possible stages of a project. This will deliver shorter design periods and in our view, outstanding buildings that exceed our clients’ expectations.”
The RICS has identified BIM as a critical development within the construction industry, and it continues to promote the importance of BIM adoption and the companies at the forefront of its use in the UK.