Collaboration of the Year
Design and trial of an Air Handling Unit bespoke to London Undergrounds environment. The trial tested 5 prototypes with the aim of ascertaining the best WLC unit. The project engaged stakeholders and collaboratively worked with all involved.
Each stage of the project was conducted in a collaborative manner. From design concept design there was investigation of numerous technologies used in different industries. There was early engagement of key stakeholders. At the trial setup the collaboration between academic partner, client and manufacturer was set up. London South Bank University (LSBU), designer/manufacturer GEA Searle and London Underground Limited (LUL) proved a perfect combination it delivered a more robust setup, methodology and risk management strategy. During the trial the blend of academic knowledge and practical LUL infrastructure knowledge proved itself by identifying alternative technologies from other industries which could be employed. Stakeholders were brought together to make strategic decisions on the best steps for the trial. Moreover the trial site was used to stimulate interfaces with the supply chain by inviting them to the trial to see and feel the engineering problems and allow them to offer solutions. Collaborative approach the project took delivered a wide range of benefits such as enhanced cost management, improved time, improved risk management and innovation.