Crome Court Shortlisted for British Construction Industry Award

Crome Court Student Residences has been shortlisted for a 2017 British Construction Industry Award in the BIM Project Application Award category.

The shortlist was announced on the 4th June, with the final judging to take place in the next two weeks before the winner is announced at the British Construction Industry Awards Evening at Grosvenor House Hotel, London in October later this year. Many of the biggest names in the construction industry will be in attendance, including Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Arup, BAM Nuttall, Vinci, Kier and Morgan Sindall who are all up for awards.

The award supports the UK Government mandate that all public projects use a Building Information Modelling system during their design and construction delivery process by 2016 by identifying and rewarding the exemplar projects in the UK industry. 


Crome Court is a student residence building occupied from September 2014 at the University of East Anglia, incorporating flexible social space and 232 ensuite study bedrooms.

The project, constructed by Kier,  is special because of the innovative design, the application of technology, and construction methods that have enhanced the project and made a positive contribution to the project objectives: to achieve very high standards of sustainability within a challenging £9m construction budget and to a very fast programme of 22 months from feasibility to occupation.

The UEA campus is well established with a renowned architectural heritage and the new residences were to provide a distinctive and attractive addition to the campus living experience for students.

Karl Thurston, BIM Manager at LSI Architects, said “The use of BIM delivered a significant cost saving to the client, an estimated £750,000, and has provided exceptional value at a ‘grossed up’ room cost of £45k per room. The project was amongst the first in the East of England to be delivered to BIM Level 2, with all asset operation and maintenance information having been provided to the client.

The collaborative use of BIM enabled a rapid design programme to be achieved with minimal errors, which we believe is as an exemplar to the industry of how, when teams work collaboratively, they become greater than the sum of their parts.”