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ICE London Civil Engineering Awards

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London Civil Engineering Awards 2020

The premier showcase for engineering excellence in the capital

Continuing its celebration of outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation and ingenuity, the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards have shortlisted the top infrastructure projects and members who have contributed greatly to the improves the way we deliver infrastructure and its benefits to the local community. Read the full announcement.

The shortlisted project will now compete for the public vote in the ICE London People’s Choice award.

ICE London People's Choice Award

Running for the last eight years, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London People’s Choice award recognises the civil engineering projects that are transforming the lives of Londoners.

The ten projects showcase the community impact of infrastructure such as improving transport connections, reimaging public spaces and upgrading sewage systems, among others.

Voting is open from Friday 24 April at 10:00, closing on Monday 18 May at 17:00. Follow updates and announcements on social media using #ICELondonPeoplesChoice and following @ice_london on Twitter.

Ashmead School Expansion, submitted by London Borough of Lewisham

Ashmead School

The school expansion delivers an enhanced facility for the education of young people in Lewisham. It offers an outdoor space that is unrivalled in Lewisham schools for variety with its forest school and treehouses. The building also provides spaces that can be used by the local community for after school classes and activities.

The construction also offered some tangible outcomes for local stakeholders, including opportunities for local young people with works placements, activities for the school children, access to the site and experience for the local Lewisham College, and the use of local builders and consultants to boost the local economy.

Carpenters Land Bridge, submitted by GRAHAM

Carpenters Land Bridge is part of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s programme to develop a dynamic new heart for East London at Queen Elizabeth Park. The new pedestrian and cycle bridge connect the East Bank within the park to the International Quarter London. The bridge was designed using Business Information Modelling software, consisting of both object-oriented 3D geometrical and non-graphical data, which was updated throughout the course of the project. Watch the video.

Carpenters Land Bridge

Claridge’s Hotel, submitted by McGee

Claridge’s Hotel

The Maybourne Group wanted to enhance its services and capacity offered to guests whilst modernising the iconic Claridge’s hotel - but they needed more space to do it. The only way these new facilities could be provided was to construct a six-story multi-level basement below the existing hotel. This was carried out with the hotel open and fully operational. The new floors offer a spa, 20m swimming pool, shops/retail space, restaurant, meeting rooms and a wine cellar as well as operational space for hotel services.

Eastcote Town Centre Improvement, submitted by the Project Centre

Eastcote Town Centre in the London Borough of Hillingdon is located in an area vulnerable to flooding due to its topography. Rain gardens were introduced to provide a sustainable drainage system to reduce the flood risk and improve local amenity at the locations of existing raised planters. They have reduced the risk of flooding in the town from once a year to approximately once a decade.

The project has created green spaces on a large scale with the introduction of drought-resistant plants, and a range of plants which will be in season throughout the year. This will have additional biodiverse and amenity benefit to local residents.

Eastcote Town Centre Improvement

Kings Scholars Pond Rehabilitation, submitted by Stantec

Kings Scholars Pond Rehabilitation

The King’s Scholars Pond sewer is a critical piece of water infrastructure in London. This significant project in one of the capital’s busiest areas has had minimal disruption to the public, no impact on the roads above nor London Underground rails below due to the state-of-the-art solution, with the 1850’s-Bazalgette built tunnel also remaining in full wastewater operation throughout. Keyhole engineering was used to repair the 2.1m tall by 1.7m wide sewer from the inside and this solution has delivered an asset that is now capable of maintaining wastewater operation for a further 120 years with very little public knowledge of its existence.

The project is testament to exceptional project execution, Client care and stakeholder engagement but is also a demonstrable example of innovation when faced with extraordinary constraints. The possibility of catastrophic failure of the asset and the associated mass disruption to the public and risk of loss of life has been abated for many years to come. Watch the video.

Leicester Square Hotel, submitted by McGee

A landmark hotel for London in one of its most famous square’s, this hotel sits eight-storey above ground and has another six storeys below. To deliver this project, 65,000m of London clay has was excavated prior to construction, enough to fill 26 Olympic swimming pools. The project diverted 99.8% of materials on site from landfill which was managed through BRE SMARTWaste.

Leicester Square Hotel

London City Airport Piling and Deck Works, submitted by BAM Nuttall

London City Piling and Deck Works

This is the first stage of the City Airport Development Programme, which will improve traffic movements from 38 to 45 movements per hour enabling annual passenger numbers to grow from 4.5 million to 6.5 million passengers by 2025. It will allow the airport to operate more efficiently as well as enabling the next generation of aircraft to use the airport, which should help reduce noise and air pollution to the surrounding area.

London City Airport is the first commercial application of QR sensors to ensure the quality and safety of concrete. It combines data including temperature readings from the concrete with local weather forecasts, to give a prediction of when then concrete will reach strength.

ThamesLink Programme Automatic Train Operation, submitted by Network Rail

The c.£7bn Government-sponsored Programme has transformed North-South London rail travel by utilising technology and digital engineering. The Thameslink route is the first high-capacity urban railway with fully operational automatic train operation functions over a European Train Control System (ETCS) in the UK.

This new digital signalling system (ETCS) was introduced to increase the lines capacity and achieve the maximum frequency of one train every 2.5 minutes. The implementation of this system provides more connections, faster, more frequent and reliable journeys, better stations and new trains for passengers and commuters.

•	ThamesLink Programme Automatic Train Operation, image credit to Siemens Mobility
Image credit: Siemens Mobility

Wembley E03 Canada Gardens, submitted by John Sisk & Son Ltd

Wembley E03 Canada Gardens

Wembley E03 Canada Gardens development consists of 1,200 residential flats, a 140-space coach park to support the stadium during events, and an energy centre to provide services to 10,000 residential units in the Wembley area. Business Information Modelling and QR codes were used on the flats to create ‘Digital Containers’. This enables the project team to access and check real-time information about the flats to improve health and safety, efficiency, quality of the development. A reduction in approximately 145.5 kg CO2 produced in the production and transportation of the materials, was also achieved within 1 year.

White Hart Lane Station Upgrade, submitted by Transport for London

The new station forecourt and the surrounding public space has created an open and safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists to access the public transport infrastructure, and the design actively tackles anti-social behaviour through natural surveillance provided by the permeable nature of the low level glazing and by minimising blind corners and concealed spaces. The station is now also fully accessible for the first time. Two lifts have been installed in the new station building providing a step free route from street to platforms.

White Hart Lane Station Upgrade
Frieberg smart city

Growing cities and building resilience

As the population of our cities continues to grow, a range of new challenges will present themselves. From thinking about how transport infrastructure will allow people to travel around, providing sufficient housing and community spaces, and how we can utilise technology to improve our cities.

In meeting these challenges, civil engineers and other built environment professionals will have to understand the needs of our cities' populations and also how they can utilise technology.

Following the publication of our Urbanisation Green Paper, ICE is looking to spark a discussion on how we can resolve these challenges and deliver world class cities. We want to hear from civil engineers, built environment professionals and the wider public.

Find out more and join our growing cities discussion

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