West Midlands - civil engineering awards

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The annual ICE West Midlands Civil Engineering Awards is the premier showcase for engineering excellence in the region.

The ICE West Midlands award ceremony recognises civil engineering success across a handful of award categories.

  • Overall
  • Large Project Award (over £10 million)
  • Medium Project Award  (£750k - £10 million)
  • Small Project Award  (up to £750k)
  • Team Achievement Award
  • Chair's Award
  • Communication
  • Education and Inspiration
  • Heritage Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Studies and Research Award
  • Sustainability Award

With over 4,500 civil engineers represented by ICE across the West Midlands, the projects celebrated are those that have been completed during the previous year.

ICE West Midlands Awards Winners 2019

Telford Footbridge Project

Overall winner

Telford Footbridge Project
  • Client: Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Partners: Balfour Beatty, Jacobs UK

The judges recognised that this was a very complex engineering project, which spanned two dual carriageways that carry around 14 million vehicles a year and a busy mainline railway. The building work was phased to minimise disruption to road and rail users, whilst maintaining pedestrian access to the station.

Battenhall Rail Bridge

Large Project Winner

  • Client: Worcestershire County Council
  • Partners: Alun Griffiths, Jacobs, SLC Rail, Tony Gee and Partners

The judges were extremely impressed by this project, which demonstrated a unique approach to installing a new railway bridge.

Widening Worcester’s Southern Link Road was one of the county’s largest infrastructure projects and presented a significant challenge: how to extend the Battenhall Railway Bridge, which carries intercity rail services, over the new section of road. The project team developed a way of securing the existing bridge while supporting ground was removed and a newly built bridge span, constructed on-site, could be moved into position.

Battenhall Rail Bridge

Telford Footbridge

Medium Project winner

Telford Footbridge
  • Client: Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Partners: Balfour Beatty, Jacobs UK

The judges said the new bridge was an excellent example of an eye-catching bridge engineering in a highly constrained environment working between two live carriageways and adjacent to a live mainline railway. The project was also praised for its innovative use of temporary works to construct the footbridge on site.

Gulson Road Sewer Diversion

Small Project winner

  • Client: Severn Trent Water
  • Partners: Active Tunnelling, COWI, CPS, NMCN

The judges said that the project was an excellent civil engineering solution to a complex inner-city sewer diversion, and they agreed that this type of project will be increasingly common as cities are redeveloped.

Completed shaft

Telford Footbridge Project

Team Achievement winner

Telford Footbridge Project
  • Client: Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Partners: Balfour Beatty, Jacobs UK

The judges were impressed with the way this team used the project to not only bridge the physical gap, but to also link local communities. The project team focused on working together, whilst also recognising the importance of working with the local community and University, as well as holding STEM events with schools.

Selly Oak Shopping Park

Chair's Award winner

  • Client: Harvest 2 Selly Oak Ltd
  • Partners: Interserve Construction, BWB Consulting, Piper Whitlock and Glenn Howells Architects

The Chair felt that the project team went above and beyond their engineering remit by engaging with the community, supporting local schools and colleges, working with the disability charity Sense to help get their clients into jobs and mentoring young disadvantaged people.

Selly Oak Shopping Park

Midland Metro Alliance

Communication Award winner

Communications Award winner WM 2019

The judges said this was one of the largest communications campaigns Midland Metro Alliance had ever implemented, relating to the closure of Paradise Circus Queensway enabling the tram line to be extended from New Street station to Centenary Square.

The judges felt that the Engagement team had made excellent use of multimedia channels to deliver messages to the wider public and were equally impressed with the face-to-face stakeholder liaison with local businesses and residents.

Contribution to Civil Engineering Education and Inspiration in the West Midlands, Arup

Education and Inspiration Award winner

Contribution to civil engineering education and inspiration in the West Midlands

Recognised by the judges for their support of local schools, colleges and universities across Birmingham and Solihull; Arup also worked on a voluntary basis to develop and launch the new Engineering Academy in Chelmsley Wood. The judges felt that Arup had demonstrated a high level of long-term commitment to the development of the next generation of engineers in the Birmingham area.

Arup careers fair

Maple Lock 11

Heritage Award winner

Marple Lock 11
  • Client: Canal and River Trust
  • Partners: Arcadis, Kier Group

The judges were particularly impressed with the project team, Arcadis and Kier Group, who successfully collaborated on the complex project. This involved numbering the sandstone blocks when they were removed to ensure that they were reinstated in their original location. The emergency works had to be completed in six weeks, within a very confined space.

Hanchurch – Distribution Service Reservoir

Innovation Award winner

  • Client: Severn Trent PLC
  • Partners: Mott MacDonald, Bentley

The judges were impressed with the number of innovations incorporated into one project, including 5,000 metres of fibre optic cable — a world first on a DSR — and its off-site manufacturing. The fibre optic cabling is used to detect any changes in ground temperature caused by water movement and provides live monitoring of the reservoir’s structural integrity.

Hanchurch Reservoir

Quantum Technology – Potential for Railway Infrastructure

Studies and Research Award winner

Quantum Technology
  • Client: University of Birmingham
  • Partners: Atkins, Network Rail and RSK

The judges were particularly impressed with the use of non-intrusive new technology to help minimise disruption to railway passengers and improve maintenance efficiency.

Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, University of Birmingham

Sustainability Award winner

  • Client: University of Birmingham
  • Partners: Curtins, Sheppard Robson LLP

The judges agreed that Curtins and Sheppard Robson LLP had created an impressive engineering solution to the University of Birmingham’s need for a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing structure. A collaborative approach to the building’s design contributed to the construction of an exemplar sustainable building.

Collaborative Teaching Laboratory