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Kings Cross wins inspirational award

John McAslan + Partners?? King??s Cross Station redevelopment project has won the 2012 Bentley Be Inspired Award. The comprehensive redevelopment of King??s Cross Station has transformed an historic facility into a modern transport interchange and iconic gateway to London.

Bentley is the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. The project won in the ?Innovation in Building?? category. The recipients of the Be Inspired Awards are selected by independent panels of jurors comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world??s infrastructure, recognizing outstanding and innovative project achievements in infrastructure design, construction, and operations.

Commenting on the award presented to John McAslan + Partners, Huw Roberts, Bentley Vice President, Core Marketing, said, ?The ??Innovation in Building?? award category represents projects employing advanced technology to aid in the delivery of high-quality buildings in terms of their aesthetics, adherence to program, meeting budget, environmental sustainability, operational performance, compliance with regulations and accreditations, and providing a clear return on investment. The projects in this category demonstrate excellence in designing, building, or operating one or more buildings.

?The GBP 547 million redevelopment of King??s Cross railway station will transform this historic facility into a modern transport interchange and iconic gateway to London. Restoring the historic façade, vaulted train shed, and other features, as well as interfacing with existing rail, underground rail, and road networks required ongoing verification of the design. John McAslan + Partners used MicroStation to produce an accurate 3D representation at all stages.


The Western Concourse at King??s Cross Station, 19 March 2012

?The 3D representation of the Western Concourse roof ?? which covers 7,500 square meters, rises 20 meters, and spans 150 meters ?? allowed an international team to design 16 steel tree-form columns that support the single-span structure amid a network of subway and service tunnels. The benefits of rapid file-sharing and high-quality, validated data extended from schematic design through to construction, producing time and cost savings.

?The judges selected this project for its ability to innovatively bring simulation and reality together to restore the historic fabrics of this property while adding and optimizing new designs and features for the modern-day traveler. Understanding that ??collaboration is a fundamental tool,?? John McAslan + Partners?? use of MicroStation produced accurate 3D representations at all project stages to ensure shared understanding of the design across the project team. On behalf of my colleagues at Bentley, I congratulate John McAslan + Partners on this extraordinary accomplishment!??

Hiro Aso, Project Director at John McAslan + Partners, said, ?It is a tremendous honor and pleasure to win a Be Inspired Award for this world-class project. Our practice creates architecture that improves people??s lives, and we firmly believe that buildings should be underpinned by a powerful idea. That idea should be an intelligent and logical response to functionality and a sense of place, and the power of that idea should be embedded in the built form. In this way, our clients get the buildings they need and society gets the architecture it deserves. Bentley??s advanced information modeling software that facilitates information mobility across project disciplines and, thus, the sharing of information in collaborative workflows helped us realize yet another powerful idea in the form of the King??s Cross Station Redevelopment project.??







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