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TOP 10 Case Studies in Europe that showcase the power of BIM

Europe has been very active in the implementation of BIM for public projects

BIM is growing both in fame and followers. There are more and more buildings that use this methodology to reduce time, costs and predict future problems along the project. Despite not being mandatory in Europe, the UE approved in 2014 an initiative to promote BIM implementation in public projects. Leading actors like the Nordic Countries, the UK or Germany have become the perfect spot to find some of the best BIM case studies

We have gathered the TOP 10 projects carried away in European countries:

1. The Clichy-Batignolles, a sustainable, net-zero carbon city neighbourhood of Paris 

The 54-hectare neighbourhood located in the 17th district in city's north-west will become the new home of nearly 8.000 residents, and the workplace for more than 12K. The project won the Sustainable City Grand Prize in the international Green City Solutions Awards.

The area includes a theatre, cinema, a judicial centre and more than 200K square meters of housing with a large square metre park. Leaving aside the houses, the complex will be completed by 

2. A lively area of London's West End, Rathbone Square in the heart of Fitzrovia

Great Portland Estates company decided to adopt the BIM methodology from the early start to bring to life their vision for Rathbone Square. This allows them to work with built asset before the real construction process began. 

Located in the heart of London's West End, the Rathbone Square has become a space for offices, retail outlets and residential apartments, surrounded by a new garden square. 

3. Manchester Town Hall Complex & BIM

The main goals of the project, according to the Construction Director Alan Garbutt, was to speed up the delivery of services in a more faster, cheaper and more efficient way. BIM created an asset information model that contained all the information of the design, construction, specification and operation of the construction project. 

The Manchester City Council project began in 2010 and was completed four years after. It also included the whole redesign of the town hall extension and main library. 

4. Easton Commercial Centre in Helsinki

Designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, the Easton Helsinki shopping centre includes 66,000m2 to celebrate the identity and culture of the city's eastern districts. It brings together not only healthy food locals but also local vendors and business in the same place. 

Shopping centres are complex projects and because of that, the constructor company decided to work with a centralised BIM model that included the façade system or the environmental conditions of each shop. 

5. The Napoli Afragola train station in Napoli

Located 7.5 miles (12km) north of Naples centre, the majestic £52 million (about €60 million) building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as a slithering white bridge in concrete and glass. Suggesting the flowing lines of a speeding train, this impressive piece of architecture is approximately 500-metres long, 44-metres wide, and features an elevated passenger concourse spanning eight train tracks. The whole structure occupies 30,000 square metres – equivalent to more than three football pitches – on five levels.

6. The city of Justice in Cordoba

Last January, the works of the City of Justice City of Córdoba were at 92% of its execution, meeting schedule, including completion forecast in last March.

It is a project with a cost of $ 55 million and a floor area of 50,895 m2, constructed and operated in the phase of operations and maintenance area under a construction contract and administrative concession awarded by the Junta de Andalucía UTE Cijucosa (Ciudad de la Justicia de Córdoba SA).

7. The House of the Future in Berlin

The Futurium, formerly House of the Future (HDZ), presented as a combination of museum and laboratory technical innovations. The building is located in Berlin prominently on the Spree between the Reichstag, Central Station and the Federal Chancellery in close proximity to the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

8. BBVA city in Madrid

The building will accommodate 6,500 people in 251,000 m2 and will be implemented in two phases. The design and construction team brings together renowned international companies such as Herzog & De Meuron, FM Arquitectos, Drees & Sommer, Ortiz y León Arquitectos, JG Engineering, Ines Ingenieros Consultores or Gerens Gill International.

9. The Waterford Court House in Waterford, Ireland

The BSI team were invited on site recently to the Waterford Courthouse, part of the Courts Bundle PPP project awarded to BAM Ireland to find out more. BIM is driving efficiency within BAM Ireland, and how BSI Kitemark™ for Design and Construction is delivering value for BAM and its supply chain.

10. Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds

Victoria opened in October 2016 Gate Mall and costing 165 million pounds, is one of the largest establishments John Lewis across the UK. Located outside London, building stretches along two streets with a total of 30 shops, restaurants, cafés, a casino and a multistorey car park with space for 800 cars. 

Edited June 28, 2018