ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2014

Join us in celebrating inspirational civil engineering.

The annual ICE London Civil Engineering Awards, in association with Topcon, celebrate outstanding engineering achievement in the capital. Civil engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the world in which we live.


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7-8 St James's Square A244 Walton Bridge Baker Street to Bond Street Tunnel Remediation
Highly Commended Winner of the ICE London Community Award Winner of the Greatest Contribution to London Award
Main Contractor: Galliford Try Construction – Building Division Design Consultant: Atkins Designer and Principal Contractor: London Underground
Client: Green Property Client: Surrey County Council Client: London Underground
Creating a commercial building at 7-8 St James’s Square with a complex 3-level (12 metre) deep
basement, surcharged by a similar on-going adjacent development, was always going to be challenging.

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The new Walton Bridge provides a vital link between Walton and Shepperton used by over 35,000 vehicles, 200 pedestrians and 400 cyclists per day. Officially opened in July 2013, the new structure replaces two ageing eyesore temporary bridges and provides the area with a modern iconic landmark.
Image courtesy John Guest

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The relining of a substantial section of an operational tunnel during engineering hours has not previously been undertaken anywhere on the London Underground, and has required an innovative approach to identify a safe and correct approach in its execution.

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Blackfriars Station and Bridge Redevelopment Connaught Tunnel Central Box Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS)
Highly Commended Winner of the ICE London Infrastructure Award Highly Commended
Lead Designer: Jacobs UK Principal Contractor: Taylor Woodrow Project Contractor: AECOM
Client: Network Rail Client: Crossrail Client: Transport for London
As part of the £6billion Thameslink Programme, Blackfriars Station has been rebuilt on top of a widened Victorian rail bridge creating the only station in London to span the River Thames, providing local residents and commuters with access to the north and south bank.

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The Connaught Tunnel project has taken a 120 year old tunnel below East London's historic docks, and re-engineered it so that it is fit for another 120 years serving London as part of the Crossrail project.

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Between 2008 and 2012, 53% of cycling fatalities in London involved heavy goods vehicles, a disproportionate number of which were construction vehicles.  In 2012 TfL commissioned the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme to reduce the risk construction vehicles pose to vulnerable road users.

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Crossrail Crossrail Contract C411 Bond Street Station Kingston Grid Redevelopment
Winner of the ICE London Infrastructure Award Winner of the ICE London Infrastructure Award Highly Commended
Sponsors: Transport for London, Department for Transport Principal Contractor: Costain Skanska JV Project Manager: UK Power Networks
Client: Crossrail Client: Crossrail  Client: NHP Leisure Developments
Crossrail is Europe’s largest live infrastructure project entailing 38 stations, 9 of them brand new, over 100km of railway and 42km of new bored tunnels.

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Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Central London, Crossrail C411 Bond Street project comprises the construction of 2no 30m deep Ticket Hall Boxes and 5no 25m deep Compensation Grout Shafts.

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 UK Power Networks enclosed a live, 132,000 volt electricity grid in Kingston, unlocking a large town centre site for redevelopment, creating jobs and new housing. The project will have a lasting legacy on the townscape.

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PC44 Cast Iron Bridge Carbon Fibre Strengthening Track Partnership Victoria Line Upgrade
Highly Commended Winner of the Greatest Contribution to London Award Winner of the Greatest Contribution to London Award
Principal Contractor:Clancy Docwra Contractor and Designer: Balfour Beatty Rail Consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Client: London Underground Client: London Underground Client: London Underground
The strengthening of the cast iron bridges using innovative carbon fibre plates has culminated in a structure with an extended design life that reduces expensive and dangerous cyclical inspections and represents excellent value for money for the client and

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Track Partnership set out on a journey to transform the way it undertakes essential rail renewal and
drainage works which are vital to keeping London moving. This journey focussed on getting it consistently right across safety, reliability, effective use of access, cost and delivery.

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The upgrade of the Victoria Line has provided new trains, signalling and a much needed capacity increase. Less visible to our customers were energy and cooling optimisation works carried out to manage the thermal impact of energy rises resulting from the upgrade.

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'Designed in London' category

Clair Ridge Halley VI WWF-UK Living Planet Centre
Highly Commended Winner of the Designed in London Award Highly Commended
Primary Engineer: AMEC Lead Consultant: AECOM Structural and Civil Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Client: BP Client: British Antarctic Survey Client: WWF-UK
The Clair Ridge project is the second phase of development of the Clair Field located on the UK Continental Shelf, 75 kilometres off the west coast of the Shetland Islands.  The project has been designed to the highest standards and specification to achieve a unique 40 year operational design life within the harsh North Atlantic environment.  

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On the edge of the world, futuristic science station Halley VI marks a new dawn in polar architecture and engineering. Providing a state-of-the-art ‘home from home’ for the study of critical earth science, it is one of the most challenging, technically complex buildings ever delivered in the harshest climate on earth.
Image courtesy James Morris

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The new Living Planet Centre for WWF-UK in Woking is a stimulating, multi-purpose design which combines the charity's offices with a public education and exhibition space housed within an exemplar sustainable building.

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    Chair of the 2014 awards

    Rod Macdonald
    Rod is the Chief Executive of Runways UK encouraging informed debate on the issues of air transport capacity in the UK and is a director of CIMC Modular Systems working on their Verbus System. Until May 2011 he was Chairman of Buro Happold, having been a founding partner since its inception in 1976. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers, Past Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers (2 years), Past Chairman of RedR UK (6 years), and Trustee of the Happold Trust. In 2010 Rod was awarded the ACE Engineering Ambassador of the Year Award for his contribution to the development and future of consultancy and engineering. He has had a principal role in many projects including: the London Olympic Park; Royal Ascot; BBC White City Media Village; The Royal Armories Museum, Leeds; and the Riyadh Financial District in Saudi Arabia.

    Cllr Victoria Borwick AM, The Deputy Mayor of London

    As a Londonwide member of the Greater London Assembly, Victoria has served on the Transport Committee; led the investigation on reducing the congestion in Oxford Street and examined more innovative solutions to the transport issues in this part of London. As Chairman of the Health and Public Services committee at the GLA, Victoria has worked in cross party groups on improving access to childcare, reducing fuel poverty, a review of the emergency services including detailed work on the London Ambulance Service and how the GLA can help children in care. Victoria has recently spoken on behalf of the Mayor at conferences on reducing the use of illicit tobacco, early intervention on alcohol abuse, reducing obesity and issues surrounding dementia.

    As a Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Victoria was the Chairman of the Civil Liberties Panel, and led the scrutiny of public order policing “Responding to G20”, and a review of the use of DNA in policing: “Protecting the innocent.” Within the MPA, she was also Vice Chairman of the Communities, Equalities and People Committee. She also served on the Economics, Culture and Sport Committee, including working on the scrutiny of the security for the Olympic Games. Victoria has previously served on the Standards Committee and Confirmation Hearings Committee.

    She was born in London and has lived and worked here all her life. Married to Jamie, they have four children; she has been a Kensington and Chelsea Councillor since 2002, and is Chairman of Borough Community Relations.

    Thomas Lane
    Thomas is group technical editor for weekly construction magazine Building magazine and built environment sustainability show Ecobuild. He is responsible for Building’s architectural and technical coverage which includes regulations, sustainability, innovation, best practice and the costs section of Building. He also leads on the content of the extensive Ecobuild conference and seminar programme.

    Chris Millard

    Following a degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London, Chris joined the automotive industry, initially with Jaguar undertaking a number of senior business and technical roles for Rover, Land Rover, BMW and MG Rover.  He was project director on the Land Rover Freelander, and Platform Director for the Rover 75.  Chris gained a masters and doctorate from Warwick University.
    In 2004, Chris joined BAA PLC as Head of Engineering for the £4.3bn Terminal 5 programme, at Heathrow Airport.  As a key member of the leadership team, he was responsible for technical integrity throughout the programme, covering design, construction, commissioning and system integration, in addition to quality and the independent assurance of all IT systems.  Following T5, he was appointed as Solutions Director for BAA’s £5bn Capital programme covering their seven UK airports – the client lead for design, engineering and process.
    In April 2011, Chris joined Balfour Beatty PLC. As Business Efficiency Director, a member of the executive leadership team of their £3.0bn UK Construction Services business, he is driving a programme of integration and transformation throughout Balfour Beatty’s life-cycle delivery of projects and is leading the implementation of Building Information Modelling throughout Balfour’s UK construction operations.

    John Turzynski
    John is a Director of Arup having joined the firm in 1977. Since then he has lived and worked in United Kingdom, the United States of America, Zambia and Australia.
    He has led multidiscipline project teams on a variety of projects in the UK, Europe, and the USA and beyond. By bringing together integrated teams of engineers, architects, planners and managers, he has worked on major developments, building projects related to transport infrastructure, particularly major stations, and regeneration and master plans.
    He leads Arup’s London & South East sub-region and is responsible for leading Arup’s role and position in the wider business and political environment, for identifying future trends and opportunities, and for setting out a forward strategic plan.
    John has been involved in senior leadership of Arup in the USA and the UK, Middle East and Africa. This has included setting strategy, running significant portfolios from operations to marketing, and for running major business units.
    Projects, and working closely with clients, remain a significant focus of John’s work - some of his noteworthy projects include: HS2 Euston Station, King’s Cross & St Pancras Station Redevelopment Project (Underground) (LUL), King’s Cross Station Redevelopment Programme (Overground) (Network Rail); Crossrail, London; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; CalPERS Headquarters, Sacramento, California; General Motors Warren Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, USA; the Royal Opera House Development, Covent Garden, London; Glyndebourne Opera House, Glyndebourne, East Sussex; Portcullis House, Westminster, London; and the Zuidas Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands.



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