Two major projects which a Bury-based steel specialist played leading roles in to develop them have been honoured with industry awards.

Constructed using steel which had been prepared at William Hare Group's Castlecroft Road facility, the works at 40 Leadenhall Street and Maggie’s at The Royal Free Hospital in London have both been recognised at the Tekla BIM Awards.

As a leader in engineering software, Tekla’s awards recognise the "very best projects" to have utilised its building information modelling technology to support the design process through "state-of-the-art computer-generated models".

Winners will now go through to compete at the Tekla BIM global finals later this autumn.

William Hare Group, which continues to play a key role in the supply of steel solutions for major construction projects across the world, won the "public vote" for the 40 Leadenhall Street building, while Maggie’s at The Royal Free Hospital was named as the "Public Projects Winner".

Maggie’s at The Royal Free Hospital was highly regarded by the judges for its impressive use of technology to overcome complex design issues, with all of the building’s steel prepared in Bury.

Working with Sir Robert McAlpine, Expedition, Magma Architecture and Studio Libeskind, the £8m project was made possible through charitable donations of time and materials.

The Maggie’s construction required specialist, intricate work from the engineers based at the Castlecroft Road facilityThe Maggie’s construction required specialist, intricate work from the engineers based at the Castlecroft Road facility (Image: Supplied)

Situated in the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital in the capital city, the newest Maggie’s cancer support centre "showcases a custom raking curved facade, distinctive external fins, and a secluded rooftop garden and pavilion".

Its complexity demanded a more integrated approach than usual, including an enhanced use of the 3D resources available within Tekla software.

While the 40 Leadenhall Street project was predominantly delivered through the company’s Scarborough factory, engineers at the Bury facility were involved in more complex aspects of the steel preparation.

Described as resembling a skyscraper in the fantasy comic world of Batman’s Gotham City, it is one of the largest buildings to have ever received planning permission in London.

40 Leadenhall Street40 Leadenhall Street (Image: Supplied)

The £225m scheme, which saw William Hare collaborate with Mace, WSP, Make and Focchi, includes a stepped design cascading down towards the River Thames and is seen as a "destination office" that can entice workers to switch back from home-working post-Covid.

William Hare Group board director, Matthew Nesbit, said: “The Maggie’s project was a special one for William Hare. 

"Having the opportunity to contribute to the support of anyone with cancer and their families has been a really rewarding experience for the team involved.

"I have been lucky enough to visit several of these facilities through our involvement with this charity and the work they do is incredible.

“Being able to put the expertise of our engineers and fabricator welders at the Bury facility to such a great cause is extremely rewarding.

"We are pleased that they have been rightly recognised for their work on what was a challenging project and we are delighted to receive this accolade.”

William Hare Group was established in 1945 and provides value-engineered steel solutions to some of the world’s most innovative and sustainable construction projects.

A family-owned and run business, it has a turnover of around £300m and employs 2,000 people worldwide.

William Hare Group is a global leader in engineered steel having worked on major projects such as The Trafford Centre, Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, The Factory and a host of London works such as the revival of Battersea Power Station, the Broadgate redevelopment and the "Walkie Talkie" at 20 Fenchurch Street which are changing the face of the nation’s capital.