East of England - Merit awards

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ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate and recognise outstanding civil engineering.

Merit Awards 2017

Entries for next year's Awards will be invited early in 2017.

To be eligible projects must be physically located within the ICE East of England Region which includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk but excludes any London Boroughs.

They must have been completed, that is to say opened or commissioned or occupied, by the competition closing date Friday 28 April 2017. Thus, the 2016 awards will be for projects completed between 1st January 2016 and 28 April 2017.

Entry closes 5pm, Friday 28 April 2017. The results will be announced at a special awards evening in the autumn.

2016 Merit Award winners

The East of England Merit Awards have previously recognised some of the best examples of civil engineering and problem solving across the region. Find out more about some of our previous winners.

You can find out about all the winners in our Merit Awards pack.

  • Central Avenue Parking Bays

    Central Avenue Parking Bays
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Client: Peterborough Highway Services
      • Designer: Skanska UK
      • Contractor: Durman Stearn Engineering Ltd

    The central Avenue parking bay scheme demonstrates Skanska working with Peterborough City Council toimplement a sustainable solution to convert an under used shop frontage area to parking bays.

    The area benefits from congestion alleviation, better lighting, cycle parking, improved streetscape and support for local businesses.

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  • Bedford Western Bypass

    Bedford Western Bypass
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Client: Bedford Borough Council
      • Designer: Waterman Infrastructure & Environment
      • Contractor: J Breheny Contractors Ltd

    Opening in April 2016, the Bedford Western Bypass was built in only 18 months by Breheny Civil Engineering. It consists of 2.4km of single carriageway road, three new roundabouts and a new road bridge over the Midland Mainline railway. The project also included a new County wildlife site.

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  • Felixstowe Seafront Gardens – Restoration Project

    Felixstowe Seafront Gardens – Restoration Project
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Client: Suffolk Coastal District Council
      • Designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Contractor: J Breheny Contractors Ltd
      • Client Project Manager: Concertus Design and Property Consultants
      • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds

    Felixstowe Seafront Gardens Restoration was built in 13 months by Breheny Civil Engineering and was completed in December 2015. It consisted of the refurbishment of eight individual Victorian gardens on Felixstowe seafront.

    Works included reconstruction of retaining walls, pathways and decorative features. A new timber shelter was constructed in the Town Hall Garden as part of the project.

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  • Emergency Works, Ten Mile Bank

    Emergency Works, Ten Mile Bank
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Highly Commended
    • Client: Environment Agency
    • Designer: CH2M (Halcrow)
    • Contractor: JacksonHyder
    • Project Manager: Arcadis

    During a routine flood bank inspection along the river Great Ouse, it became evident that approximately 300m to 350m of flood bank was showing signs of movement with tension cracks appearing along the rear face. A failure would result in people, property and wildlife being flooded.

    A solution was quickly formed, planned, designed and implemented to ensure everybody was kept safe. This scheme showed what can be achieved by the right team in a tight timescale and budget.

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  • A12-A143 Link Road

    A12-A143 Link Road
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Merit

      • Client/Project Manager: Norfolk County Council
      • Designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Contractor: Tarmac
      • Funding Partner: Great Yarmouth Borough Council
      • Funding Partner: Persimmon Homes

    The A12-A143 link road is a strategic, 24km long, single carriageway road with new roundabouts and priority junctions, designed to cut congestion in the borough between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The link road has unlocked important residential and commercial areas but also needed several different funding partners to come together to make sure the project was delivered.

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  • Whittlesey Washes Reservoir South Bank Strengthening Works

    Whittlesey Washes Reservoir South Bank Strengthening Works
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Merit

      • Client/Project Manager: Environment Agency
      • Designer: Royal HaskoningDHV
      • Contractor: Interserve Construction Ltd / Team van Oord
      • Cost Consultant: Arcadis
      • Site Supervision: Mott MacDonald

    The flood storage reservoir forms part of a major flood defence system for the river Nene, Peterborough. The works required strengthening 16km of the 18km South Barrier bank, placing 300,000 tonnes of material and installing a low level, 250m long concrete wall.

    The works were completed a year ahead of programmed despite having to comply with a working window of July to October to avoid disturbance to overwintering and ground nesting birds.

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  • Huntingdon Road and Hills Road Cycleway Schemes

    Huntingdon Road and Hills Road Cycleway Schemes
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: Cambridgeshire County Council
      • Designer: Skanska UK
      • Contractor: Skanska UK

    These two new Cambridge cycleways showcase how Skanska's designers (in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council) are bringing innovation to cycle schemes – using new features such as the 'Cambridge Kerb' and 'Floating' Bus Stop. These schemes provide safe and sustainable transport routes for Cambridge.

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  • The Wash Tide Gauge

    The Wash Tide Gauge
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: Environment Agency
      • Designer: Royal HaskoningDHV
    • Constructor (Fabrication Stage): Balfour Beatty
    • Constructor (Installation Stage): VBA
    • Designer, fabricator & installer for instrument, telemetry and power system: Tideland Signal
    • Steelwork Fabricators: Four Trees Engineers
    • Cost Consultant/Contract Manager: Arcadis

    The construction of a new tidal gauge 5km offshore in the Wash fills a gap in the UK Tide Gauge Network. The steel monopole structure and the monitoring and telemetry equipment mounted on it will help to protect people and homes in the East of England for at least the next 60 years by improving forecasting and monitoring the effects of climate change.

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  • Colne Gate & Barrier Refurbishment Scheme

    Colne Gate & Barrier Refurbishment Scheme
      • Category: Physical Achievement (Gate)
      • Award: Merit

      • Category: Physical Achievement (Barrier)
      • Award: Highly Commended
    • Client/Project Manager: Environment Agency
    • Designer: Atkins
    • Contractor: Interserve Construction Ltd

    Built in 1992 across the river Colne, the tidal barrier protects 2,092 properties in Wivenhoe from flooding. This project rectified issues with all the civil and mechanical elements to keep the barrier operational. Work included; lifting both 135t mitre gates for repainting; repair to 13 radial gates and a new control room.

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  • Postwick Hub

    Postwick Hub
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Merit

      • Client/Designer: Norfolk County Council
      • Designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Contractor: Balfour Beatty (Birse Civils)

    Postwick Hub is an infrastructure scheme designed to bring new jobs and investment to Norwich. It links the proposed Northern Distributor Road with the existing network and involved the construction of a new bridge, the refurbishment of an existing bridge deck, and various highway improvements including three roundabouts and junctions.

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  • Cromer Coast Protection Scheme

    Cromer Coast Protection Scheme
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: North Norfolk District Council
    • Strategy Development, Detailed Design, NEC Project Manager, Site Supervisor & Principal Designer: AECOM
    • Principal Contractor: VolkerStevin Ltd
    • Project Manager (Strategy): St La Haye Ltd
    • Project Manager (Design & Construction): Peter Frew Associates
    • Funding: Environment Agency

    The £8m Cromer Coast Protection Scheme is designed to ensure the protection of Cromer for the next 100 years. In this first stage the walls and groynes most seriously at risk have been refurbished. A third of the walls and Promenade are listed and so the design and construction methods had to take this into account and the final finish had to meld with the surrounding buildings.

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  • A138 Chelmer Viaduct

    A138 Chelmer Viaduct
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit

      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Highly Commended
    • Client: Highways England
    • Designer: AECOM
    • Principal Contractor: Graham Construction

    This scheme replaces an existing concrete viaduct and 1.6km length of the A138 between 'Army and Navy Roundabout' and the Chelmer Village Way Roundabout in Chelmsford.

    Works involved off-line construction of a new 17 span viaduct, with multiple structural forms including a precast flood relief culvert and a 400m long composite steel bridge spanning the River Chelmer and its flood plain.

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  • Happisburgh to Winterton, Sea Defence Improvements

    Happisburgh to Winterton, Sea Defence Improvements
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit
    • Client: Environment Agency
    • Designer: CH2M (Halcrow)
    • Contractor: Team van Oord

    Work was needed to maintain the current standard of coastal protection - safeguarding internationally designated sites, productive agricultural land, 506 homes, numerous commercial properties and a thriving tourist industry.

    The scheme included a full assessment of beach levels to provide protection to the concrete seawall, reconstruction of five failed timber and steel groynes, partial reconstruction of a further 12 groynes and construction of one entirely new groyne. The team faced and overcame many challenges in delivering the project: approval, weather conditions, environmental considerations and unexploded bombs.

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  • Dry Fuel Store Building Sizewell B Power Station

    Dry Fuel Store Building Sizewell B Power Station
      • Category: Technical Excellence & Innovation
      • Award: Exceptional Merit

      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit
    • Client/Project Manager: EDF Energy
    • Designer: Sir Robert McAlpine Design Group
    • Contractor: Vinci Construction

    Sizewell B is due to continue generating electricity until 2035 and possibly beyond and so to meet the requirements of its operating license it was decided to build a dry fuel store. Once spent fuel rods are safe enough to remove from the cooling pond they are sealed in casks and stored on site. Dry stores are used around the world but this is the first of its kind in the UK.

    The site for the new store was used as a heavy laydown area when Sizewell A was built and, more recently, as a car park. One of the first activities was the demolition of over 7,500t of legacy concrete foundations to provide a uniform subbase for the store's foundation slab. This material was crushed and reused on site for earthworks.

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  • Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project Phase 1

    Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project Phase 1
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Exceptional Merit
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Merit
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Merit
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Highly Commended
    • Client: RSPB
    • Employer: Crossrail
    • Contractor: BAM Nuttall
    • Marine Design: ABPMer
    • Earthworks & Structures Design: AECOM
    • Joint Sponsor: Environment Agency

    Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, located on the Essex coast, is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme on a scale never before tried in the UK. It combines ecological research and environmental vision with commerce and innovative industrial engineering. A mutually beneficial partnership between the RSPB and Crossrail is creating replacement wetland habitats whilst while disposing of excavated material.

    Movement of material from London on this scale by water had never been attempted before but BAM Nuttall – who were contracted by Crossrail - were able to prove that this could be done.

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