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BCIA Reveals Top Smart Buildings Award Nominees

BCIA Reveals Top Smart Buildings Award Nominees
30 March 2022

The BCIA has revealed the finalists for its smart buildings award.

This will award a manufacturer, installer or team in recognition of a project which demonstrates how smart technology has been used to enhance the user experience in a building or building complex.

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards as a whole recognises innovation, product development, project delivery and great training in the building controls and BEMS sector.

Let’s take a look at the nominations:


Global Associates – Speedy Innovation Centre, Milton Keynes


In November 2021, Speedy, the UK’s largest tools, plant and specialist equipment hire provider opened its new Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes; an industry-first low carbon facility packed with cutting edge smart control technology. 

In order to reduce energy usage, emissions and shrink its carbon footprint whilst increasing the emphasis placed on employee wellbeing, Speedy appointed Global Associates to provide a smart solution.

Buildings like the Innovation Centre can be difficult to retrofit with energy-efficient technology due to their mix of office, retail and warehouse space. Global Associates, therefore, implemented a Smart Eco Solution which brings together Edge computing, Cloud enablement, LoRaWAN wireless sensors and a Tridium N4 powered control platform to create a hybrid IoT BOS (Building Operating System) solution.

The Global Associates system enables the integration of every area of the Innovation Centre with information feeding back into the smart control platform to provide centralised control and real-time energy usage data via a user-friendly dashboard. The dashboard provides the occupants with access to real-time energy usage data which allows them to see the effects of their actions and make continuous changes to the way they are working. More importantly, it allows them to see and take ownership of their energy usage.




Kelvin Control Engineers – 177 Bothwell Street’s Grade A Offices


177 Bothwell Street is a new Grade A office building and is Glasgow’s largest single office building.

It has 13 storeys and provides large flexible floor plates of circa 24,500 sq. ft. The building also features a 150m rooftop running track and a health hub with cycle facilities, a fitness studio, lockers, spa-quality dedicated changing & showers.

The building features access control throughout, including intelligent security gates and 24-hour remote monitoring thanks to Kelvin Control Engineers, a Glasgow-based company that supplies and manufacturers control panels and systems.

One Sightsolutions – 80 Charlotte St - CAT B Works


80 Charlotte Street is a mixed-use scheme of 322,000 sq ft of offices, 43,000 sq ft of residential (10,000 sq ft affordable housing), 12,000 sq ft of retail and a new public realm park.

The offices are let to Arup (133,600 sq ft, £9.7m pa), The Boston Consulting Group (164,150 sq ft, £14.0m pa), Elliott Wood (11,000 sq ft) and Lee & Thompson (13,000 sq ft).

One Sightsolutions were selected to “hold the hands of the fellow MEP trades to ensure that the equipment selection, pre-commissioning and device provisioning were successfully coordinated prior to implementation on site.”

OSS were selected based on their experience and specialist expertise in Building Management Systems, and also having an influence on procuring and distributing BMS hardware.



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of 80 Charlotte Street. Image Credit: Derwent

SSE Energy Solutions – T J Morris Ltd - Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU), Amesbury

SSE Energy Solutions are also nominated for the award, for their work at the new Vehicle Maintenance Unit at T J Morris group’s depot facility in Amesbury.

TJ Morris Ltd is a British company that owns the discount store chain Home Bargains.

The BCIA’s 2022 Awards will be held on Thursday 05 May 2022, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Picture: a photograph of the exterior of 177 Bothwell Street. Image Credit: HFD Group

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 30 March 2022


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