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London Civil Engineering Awards 2017
The premier showcase for engineering excellence in the capital

The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards showcase the hidden benefits of civil engineering to society. These awards celebrate the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions to the physical and social environment in the Capital.

Over two days in April, a team of expert judges visited each of the shortlisted projects and on 25 May 2017, the winners were announced by BBC London Presenter Alice Bhandhukravi.

Support

ICE London would like to thank our supporters:

  • Carmichael, sponsor of the Infrastructure Award
  • Londonist, media partner for the People's Choice Award
  • ICE Benevolent Fund, supporter of the Community Benefit Award

Comment from Mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan

"I would like to congratulate all shortlisted projects in the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards, not least the team behind the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. This transformation included building a new concourse the size of Wembley Stadium: a truly remarkable feat and something which will help ensure our transport network can cope with London's rising population.

"Civil engineers are at the heart of London's success: every day we rely on their expertise to power our homes, manage our waste and get us around the capital. Without them, London would not be the thriving global city it is today.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

2017 winning projects

London Bridge Station Redevelopment

Winner of the Greatest Contribution to London

This, the highest award of the evening, is given to the project that most beneficially impacts Londoners.

Why it won

The judges thought that this station redevelopment was transformational, increasing capacity for one of the UK's busiest stations. It was an incredibly complex project that creates not only a station, but a new space in London for visitors and residents. It also improves capacity on the transport network, allowing the 56 million annual passengers to travel through the station more quickly and easily.

Battersea Power Station Phase II

Winner of the Londonist People's Choice Award

This award is given to the project that receives the most votes from the public.

Why it won

Battersea Power Station Phase II received more than 1000 out of 4000 votes, a record number for the ICE London Awards. The chimneys are a historic part of London's landscape and their replacement means that they will continue to be in London's skyline for many more years to come.

Bermondsey Dive-Under

Winner of the Infrastructure Award in association with Carmichael

This award recognises civil engineering excellence in the design and construction of projects relating to transport; geotechnical; water; energy; waste or regeneration.

Why it won

The judges said it was a great project to modernise our Victorian infrastructure and bring it up to twenty first century standards in construction and capacity. The team have worked for five years to bring a 33% increase in capacity to this very congested railway bottleneck, with the minimum of disruption to the travelling public.

The capacity improvements are essential to service the improvements at London Bridge station. The team executed major civil engineering improvements in restricted environments. Arches were reconstructed using modern construction solutions whilst maintaining the Victorian structure style. This innovation has been successfully transferred to subsequent Network Rail projects. Materials arising from the works were all incorporated into the new structure solutions minimising the deliveries to and from this congested area of London.

Guy's Cancer Centre

Winner of the Best Building Award

This award recognises civil engineering excellence in the design and construction of high quality buildings.

Why it won

The judges said it was an amazing project that showed how patient welfare can be incorporated into the structure of a building. For example, the creation of stacked 'villages' with their own distinct identity relating to a particular patient need, was an innovative way of designing this building. Locating the radiotherapy treatment facilities above ground floor level was also a groundbreaker for the UK and showed how design should be based upon patient feedback. This helps patients feel more comfortable in natural light and air.

Crossrail Liverpool Street – Tunnels and Platforms

Winner of the Innovation and Technology Award

This Award is given to the project that utilises the latest technological innovations to deliver the scheme in the best way possible, such as with through improved health and safety, reducing costs or by speeding up delivery.

Why it won

The judges said it was a fantastic example of necessity being the mother of invention. The choice between facing severe delays on the project completion or looking at alternatives to recover the programme drove the project team into developing and adopting solutions that wouldn't normally have been considered.

The results speak for themselves with the off-site prefabricated solution delivering significant benefits in time, quality, safety and resources in addition to removing many of the adverse impacts from conventional construction. But the innovation did not stop at just the design and construction - the team under the inspirational leadership of Ravi pushed every boundary and barrier from the use of drones and 3D printing through to using augmented reality technology in the design and installation.

The enthusiasm from the team is infectious as is their desire to share their experience with the wider industry and to set the pace for change.

Hampstead Heath Ponds Project

Winner of the Community Benefit Award in association with the ICE Benevolent Fund

This Award recognises a project that is a great example of engineering giving real value to the community.

Why it won

The judges said it was good to see a project with a real understanding of the need for good community and stakeholder engagement, with the project team including a specialist to provide the right expertise for this role. This scheme had the classic conundrum of having one local community being affected by the work and another being the key beneficiaries.

The latter community being seriously at risk from a possible failure of the previous condition of the ponds. The delivered scheme has been successful in largely abating the local community's fears and concerns, so that the completed project is now seen as positive and having sensitively maintained the environmental amenity of the Heath. Also impressive was the communication between the project and the local community throughout the construction period and the engagement with local schools.

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