South East England - Engineering Excellence Awards

Adur Ferry bridge at sunset

ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2018
The premier showcase for engineering excellence across South East England

The ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering across the region.

These awards showcase the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions to the physical and social environment. All award winners demonstrate excellence in design and construction, drawing attention to project management, financial control and health and safety.

The Awards Ceremony

Winners will be announced at the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26 July 2018 at the beautiful Grand Brighton Hotel. The Awards Dinner will attract more than 250 senior figures from across the South East's built environment and construction sector. It will provide a valuable opportunity for networking and celebrating the successes of our industry.

People's Choice voting

Voting is now open for members of the public to pick the engineering project they believe has inspired and delivered a positive impact for South East England.

As part of the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence 2018, members of the public have the chance to vote for their favourite shortlisted infrastructure project.

The entry with most votes will receive the ICE SEE People's Choice Award trophy at the main awards ceremony at the Grand Brighton on Thursday 19 July.

Voting closes on Friday 6 July.

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M3 Junction 2-4 Smart Motorway - Woodlands Lane Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction

M3 Junction 2-4 Smart Motorway

The £174 Million M3 Junction 2-4 Smart Motorway scheme added 26.8 miles of new lanes to this busy section of the M3. In order to do this, the Woodlands Lane Bridge needed to be demolished and reconstruction in a way to minimise impact on commuters. The project overhauled the technology used in the scheme to give 130,000 drivers who use it every day, better information for their journeys.

Gravesend Transport Quarter - Rathmore Road Link

Gravesend is at the heart of Kent Thameside. While the major developments are spread around the wider Borough a complementary modern, vibrant and sustainable town centre is vital. The link road, running between Stone Street and Darnley Road, is two-way and has a pavement for both pedestrians and cyclists to easily reach the station. It crosses the old Rathmore Road car park which still includes 58 spaces including six disabled spaces and four for parents with children. A path leads from the car park to a crossing allowing people to easily reach the station.

The £9.5 million link scheme has made an important contribution by removing the tired appearance and dilapidation of the area around the station. Severance caused by traffic has been removed, the station now has an inviting southern entrance and public surfaces are modern and bright.

Gravesend Transport Quarter

Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme

Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme

The project delivered a new earth embankment reservoir near Thatcham town centre in order to provide a protection to 279 properties from 1 in 100 year surface water flooding. The project has been funded by the Environment Agency, Thatcham Flood Forum (a local voluntary organisation) and West Berkshire Council.

Urban flooding costs the UK economy £270M per annum. It causes loss of income for local businesses, properties and affect people’s quality of life. The Scheme avoids £3.5M cost damage to local businesses and properties and will improve health and wellbeing of local community and build a stronger local economy.

Places Leisure Eastleigh

Places Leisure Eastleigh is a new state-of-the-art BREEAM Excellent £28m leisure centre based in Hampshire. This new community hub has facilities such as a 25m swimming pool and 20m learner pool, sports hall that accommodates 15 badminton court – the 3rd largest in the UK, 150-piece gym with outdoor courts as well as beauty salons, free parking and meeting spaces.

It is a family friendly centre with a creche, large soft play area, and party rooms and is home to 'Healthworks' which provides medical care as well as healthcare programmes with qualified professionals.

The project team delivered a larger centre without any loss of green space thus preserving the surrounding parkland. The new centre will not only provide local employment, it will help to deliver, through its inclusive design and exercise programme, a rise in physical activity, but also tackle the wider issues of mental health, social isolation and community cohesion.

Places Leisure Eastleigh

A339 Newbury LRIE Junction and Carriageway Widening

A339 Newbury LRIE Junction and Carriageway Widening

The project delivered a new access to an industrial estate near Newbury town centre in order to "unlock" the site for future redevelopment and regeneration. A 300 metre length of the A339 dual carriageway was widened to make room for a new right turn lane and a new traffic signal junction was constructed.

The contract was procured under the SCAPE National Civil Engineering & Infrastructure Framework. Work experience was provided for five local school / college students and community benefits included the construction of a footpath between a car park and the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal (not in the contracted scope of works).

The new junction vastly improves access to the industrial estate from the south and relieves pressure on the nearby Robin Hood Roundabout, which can become heavily congested. Most of the work for the widening was carried out during daytime off peak times to minimise the disruption to the very busy A339.

BAM/Network Rail Southern Multi-Functional Framework

The project delivered a new access to an industrial estate near Newbury town centre in order to "unlock" the site for future redevelopment and regeneration. A 300 metre length of the A339 dual carriageway was widened to make room for a new right turn lane and a new traffic signal junction was constructed.

The contract was procured under the SCAPE National Civil Engineering & Infrastructure Framework. Work experience was provided for five local school / college students and community benefits included the construction of a footpath between a car park and the towpath along the Kennet & Avon Canal (not in the contracted scope of works).

The new junction vastly improves access to the industrial estate from the south and relieves pressure on the nearby Robin Hood Roundabout, which can become heavily congested. Most of the work for the widening was carried out during daytime off peak times to minimise the disruption to the very busy A339.

BAM/Network Rail Southern Multi-Functional Framework

Burnaby Road Rail Bridge

Burnaby Road Rail Bridge

The bridge had to be replaced by the end of March otherwise services into Portsmouth Harbour would be limited and ultimately stopped. Prior to the works, freight could not transport over this bridge.

The bridge served Portsmouth Harbour from London Waterloo, and various other mainline stations carrying 4 million commuters and shoppers into Portsmouth Harbour each year. The failure of this bridge would have had a huge impact on Gun Wharf Keys, one of the biggest outlet shopping developments in the South East.

Civil Engineering And Groundworks Apprenticeship (CEGA)

With over £15 billion worth of construction-based development planned across Hampshire alone over the next five years, CEGA has been developed to address our region's challenges within the industry, including a significant skills shortage and a perception that a career in construction is unappealing. CEGA will train 1,665 apprentices over the next five years to help address these challenges.

Additional training and support is given to students whose academic qualifications fall short of those required for the Apprenticeship, with extra maths and English lessons provided through the 20-week college experience to bring them up to the necessary level of understanding.

This legacy initiative has been recognised as vital to the regional economy growth by the LEP with the significant funding allocated to the project.

Civil Engineering And Groundworks Apprenticeship (CEGA)

Horsey Cycleway scheme –Tollgate and St Anthony’s Cycleway Bridges

Horsey Cycleway scheme –Tollgate and St Anthony’s Cycleway Bridges

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) are developing new cycle routes throughout Eastbourne and Horsey Way Cycleway Phase 3 crosses a wetland area and includes two new bridges across waterways in an area subject to frequent flooding. Lifespan Structures was commissioned to design and manufacture the two footbridges with a 60 year design life and ensure the visual aesthetics matches the environment around it.

Salt Fleet Flats

Salt Fleet Flats provides new intertidal mudflat habitat to support benthic communities that provide a food source for overwintering wading birds. The habitat was created on grazing land by reducing the ground level, using the material arising to create a new 2.4km-long flood defence embankment and breaching the existing flood defence to allow the site to be flooded. The 700m-long breach of the flood wall was the largest ever in the UK and the majority of the breach was carried out over a single neap tide cycle.

The works were carried out with the full support of (and guidance from) the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Port of London Authority. 18Ha of new intertidal habitat, over and above the project requirements, were provided at low cost so the Environment Agency could count this towards its TE2100 requirements to compensate for intertidal habitat loss caused by predicted sea level rise.

Salt Fleet Flats

Caring Wood

Caring Wood

Caring Wood involved the construction of the main 1,400m2 house, and a barn clad in blackstained timber for the grounds of the house, which act as a maintenance base for the 25,000 native trees planted in its ground.

Sustainability was integrated from the very beginning on the design of the building through to its construction and was awarded the RIBA's House of the Year 2017. Its sustainability features includes; a low energy design, use of clean green technologies, locally sourced building materials and Sustainable Drainage Systems.

Farlington WTW – UV Treatment and Discharge Mitigation

Farlington is Portsmouth Water's key clean water delivery site. If Farlington fails, then Portsmouth essentially would be put on a boil water notice. This gave Trant increased pressure to deliver a project that first integrated, and then replaced an ageing membrane plant within a relatively small footprint whilst maintaining clean water delivery.

Not only did Trant achieve this but delivered a system is more energy efficient, uses 80% less chemicals, i.e. less traffic movements, and delivered the project within the timeframe and budget. This project is a shining example of client-contractor collaboration, whilst engaging the local community and changing very little of the aesthetics on such a prominent but well maintained site.

Farlington WTW – UV Treatment and Discharge Mitigation

People's Choice voting

Voting is now open for members of the public to pick the engineering project they believe has inspired and delivered a positive impact for South East England.

Voting closes on Friday 6 July.

Vote now

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