Terence O'Rourke wins award for best use of IT in a construction project
Terence O'Rourke wins award for best use of IT in a construction project

Press Release: 04.11.16

Terence O’Rourke proved it has its finger on the button when it picked up the top IT award for its work on the new Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on 3 November.


The company’s Farnborough design team was named the winner of the ‘Best Use of IT in a Construction Project 2016’ at the Construction Computing Awards, at the BMA in London.


In addition, the Editor’s Choice Award was won by Vectorworks UK, whose software is used by Terence O’Rourke designers for its Building Information Modelling (BIM) of the Farnborough project.


Both Farnborough and the Marwell Tropical House were also mentioned in a presentation at the event as successful projects that utilised Vectorworks for BIM.


Terence O’Rourke’s detailed architectural design of the exhibition and conference centre features external air blades, mimics the passage of airflow over a wing and takes inspiration from Farnborough's long association with aircraft design, testing and development.


The construction industry awards focus on the innovative use of Computer-Aided Design, BIM and collaboration software to deliver construction projects. Christian Spendier, architectural assistant at Terence O’Rourke collected the award on behalf of the company.


Terry Williams, Director at Terence O’Rourke, said: “We are honoured and delighted to win this prestigious IT accolade at the Construction Computing Awards.


My congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre project, it is great to get industry recognition for our approach and the development of our BIM skills and knowledge.


We look forward to seeing the construction take shape at Farnborough after our team’s hard work and dedication to achieving the best outcome.


Dan Fairley, Associate Director at Terence O’Rourke, said: “The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre has been the most demanding and comprehensive use of BIM on any of our projects to date, and has highlighted to us both the added complexities and exciting possibilities that BIM can offer to a project.


In particular, it has demonstrated how BIM streamlines the delivery of a large complex project with an extensive multi-disciplinary project team and facilitates a positive and responsive collaboration process.”


Work has now commenced on the 20,300 square metre exhibition and conference building at the TAG Farnborough Airport.


Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre will comprise a 12,500sqm dividable exhibition hall, 20,300sqm of accommodation space, 2500 conference seats and 14 multi-purpose function rooms.


The new building will cater for a wide range of exhibitions, conferences, meetings and corporate events. Funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP and Rushmoor Borough Council, the centre is scheduled to open in early 2019.


It will position Farnborough as an ideal venue to compete with other international events and continue to be a champion of the UK aerospace industry.