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Met Office’s supercomputer building wins national award

The building which encases the Met Office’s new £97m supercomputer has been named as one of the best projects in the UK at the Construction News Awards- which is dubbed the construction industry’s annual ‘Oscars’. The complex which was built by Willmott Dixon, with a design which is said to be inspired by the film Tron, won the award for Project of the Year in the £20m to £50m category. The Met Office predicts that this supercomputer will not only deliver £2bn of economic benefit to the UK over the next five years, but also improve short-term forecast accuracy as well as help to understand the long-term future of the Earth’s climate.

The project was hugely technical, involving a cantilever structure leaning at 60 degrees. The team at Willmott Dixon put the success of the project down to the use of BIM (building information modelling) and digital design, without which the complex engineering would never have been achieved. This is the first BIM Level 2 project Willmott Dixon have completed. The excellent health and safety record, the contractor’s use of local suppliers and the use of apprentices on site where all commended by judges.

Read more about the Met Office’s Award on the Exeter Daily website.