East Midlands - Merit Awards

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The East Midlands Merit Awards provide an opportunity for civil engineers in the region to celebrate all aspects of their achievements, whether related to projects or people.

Please note this is not a new award category and is discretionary; it aims to emphasise the ICE mission to ensure a sustainable built infrastructure, which in turn influences all 17 UNSDGs.

2021 Merit Award winners

Winners of the 2021 East Midlands Merit Awards were announced during an online ceremony on Thursday 10 June 2021.

Read more about last year's competition.

A17/ A153 Rugby Club Junction, Sleaford

2021 Small project category award winner

Submitted by Eurovia UK, Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

The balance between reducing the high accident rate and congestion on a busy junction, while at the same time providing a safer pedestrian crossing was recognised by the judges. They applauded the use of digital technologies, including a digital twin. The traffic management phasing plan allowed safe working areas to be established with segregation between live traffic and construction workers. The site was also recognised as a Considerate Constructor site, achieving a certificate of excellence.

A46 Anstey Lane

2021 Medium Project Award winner is A46 Anstey Lane

Submitted by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Highways England, Galliford Try, Waterman Aspen and Midlands Highway Alliance.

The project used local suppliers within a 20-mile radius, which helped drive local skills employment. The works were delivered with an exemplar safety record, on time in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, and under budget. By using a hybrid power system in their project offices, the project reduced CO2 by 220 tonnes, added £2.2 million in social value terms, and engaged with 180 local students at STEM events.

This project was also commended in the Team Achievement category.

Boston Barrier

2021 Large Project Award and Sustainability Award winner is the Boston Barrier.

Submitted by Environment Agency and the BAM Nuttall & Mott MacDonald Joint Venture.

The Boston Barrier provides one of the best standards of tidal flood defence outside of London and also aims to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 17,000 properties in Boston, Linolnshire.

The project is predicted to deliver economic benefits of over £1.1 billion, providing significant protection to local infrastructure assets, including the A16 trunk road and the Boston to Skegness railway.

For the Sustainability Award, the judges applauded the project team's outstanding application of all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The team used each goal to define and improve their project, impressing the judges with their high level of compliance to the targets related to each of the goals.The project includes a 25-metre wide rising gate across the section of the River Witham, to the south of central Boston between Black Sluice and the Grade II listed Maud Foster Sluice. The Boston Barrier is part of the government’s long term investment in flood and coastal defences.

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