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Anglesey’s first BIM project

25 Sep 15 One of the first schools in North Wales to be built using the BIM Level 2 standard is under construction in Holyhead.

Anglesey Council’s Gareth Thomas, Chris Wynne and Caulmert’s Allan Smith with the BIM design software used for the Holyhead school project
Anglesey Council’s Gareth Thomas, Chris Wynne and Caulmert’s Allan Smith with the BIM design software used for the Holyhead school project

Civil and structural engineering consultant Caulmert is working with contractor Wynne Construction to design and build the new £9m Holyhead Primary School.

The project includes a new two-storey development and the refurbishment of the existing listed Cybi building.

The school is one of the first in North Wales to adopt building information modelling (BIM) to the full level 2 standard, which allows designers and constructors to work collaboratively to streamline and accurately model a construction project before work starts on site.

The government requires all publically funded construction projects to be undertaken using level 2 criteria by 2016, in a drive to improve inefficiency.

Caulmert director Allan Smith said: “As a business, we took the decision a few years ago to embrace BIM and develop our in-house design processes to achieve the level 2 standards.

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“These techniques have now become second nature within Caulmert, allowing us to achieve more efficiencies to assist clients in achieving their aspirations.

“Our significant up-front investment into the software, hardware and staff training allows us to work with Wynne Construction and the other design team members, to comply with the Welsh Government’s policy of requiring all publically funded projects to be BIM level 2 standard by 2016.”

Wynne Construction managing director Chris Wynne said: "Using the BIM technology platform has enabled the team to work more efficiently, improving project delivery. The BIM process will ensure a fully co-ordinated solution is delivered, providing a cost-effective solution for the client. Wynne Construction has fully embraced this process and through this new facility will deliver the first full BIM Level 2 schools project in North Wales."

 Anglesey County Council architectural services manager Gareth Thomas said: “The New Holyhead Primary School Project will be the first BIM project for the authority and has been a new learning experience to deliver an excellent collaborative working opportunity and project delivery solution on the first of many 21st Century Schools Projects.”

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