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The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards are the premier showcase for engineering excellence in the capital.

The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards celebrate projects across the city that have raised the bar for innovation, health and safety, community benefit, construction or design. The Awards showcase how new infrastructure can improve the lives of millions of the Capital's residents and demonstrates the fantastic and exciting schemes that London-based engineering companies are delivering every day.

All award winners demonstrate excellence in design and construction, drawing attention to project management, financial control and health and safety. Twelve projects of civil engineering excellence have been shortlisted for our ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2016. ICE President Sir John Armitt and BBC London reporter Alice Bhandhukravi will host the ceremony and announce the winners.

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Greatest Contribution to London in association with Carmichael

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Award for Complex Infrastructure in association with Randstad

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Award for Community Impact in association with ICE Recruit

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Award for Digital Engineering in association with Robert Bird Group

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Engineered in London Award in association with Pinsent Masons

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Evening Standard People's Choice Award in association with The Evening Standard

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Don't miss the most important event in this year's industry calendar.

The awards ceremony takes place on 26 May 2016 at One Great George Street. London, SW1P 3AA.

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  • LUL applied BIM, VDC & Digital Engineering for Baker Street Bond Street Tunnel Remediation

    London Underground tunnel remediation
      • Organisation: London Underground Limited
      • Client: London Underground Limited

      London Underground replaced the tunnel lining over a 215-meter section of the Jubilee Line, whilst it remained fully operational. Construction teams were required to undertake all works during engineering hours, a maximum 2.5 hours per night.

    Application of digital engineering, BIM procedural workflows and virtual design helped London Underground build a collaborative design, assurance & construction solution, leveraging the collective intelligence of the project group.

    Virtual design enabled project team, stakeholders, board level members and the public to visualise & understand how this vital project would be successfully undertaken and also allow a view into the unseen world beneath our feet.

    Tunnel remediation from Bond Street to Baker Street
    Tunnel remediation from Bond Street to Baker Street
    London Underground (LU) applied BIM to help with the project
    London Underground applied BIM to help with the project
    LU making the most of Digital Engineering
    LU making the most of Digital Engineering

    LU was able to manage uncertainties inherent in today's complex infrastructure projects, and ensure that gains demonstrated in the virtual world would be realised in the real world.

    LU realized a 15% reduction in planning, risk assessment, and assurance costs. Project was safely completed, 4.5 months ahead of schedule.

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  • Bridget Joyce Square, Australia Road SuDS Scheme

    Bridget Joyce urban drainage project
      • Organisation: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
      • Client: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

      Bridget Joyce Square is an urban oasis and valuable community space within the White City Estate created by retrofitting Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).

    The idea for the scheme originated from and has had significant local community involvement throughout. The end result is a social focal point for the White City Estate including an events space with improved security, biodiversity and amenity benefits.

    The innovative design embraces rainfall through irrigation and use in a playful feature rather than treating it as a hazard. The design slows runoff to the sewer and in the process helps to reduce flooding locally and in areas further down the sewer network.

    The finished look of the new drainage system
    The finished look of the new drainage system
    New sculpture and garden
    New sculpture and garden
    School children visit the newly completed gardens
    School children visit the newly completed gardens

    The project has delivered educational benefits to the ten schools within one kilometre of the site and the wider public. Monitoring will provide a robust dataset to help quantify the benefits of the scheme and serve as a case study for future SuDS schemes.

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  • Kings Gate House & Zig Zag Building

    the Kings Gate House building
      • Organisation: Pell Frischmann
      • Client: Land Securities Group Plc

      We successfully delivered this complex project, negotiating the highly constrained site with buildings and infrastructure to all sides.

    The LUL tunnels situated 1m from the basement required particular care in both design, site monitoring and construction.

    Layout of the building next to the Underground
    Layout of the building next to the Underground
    The floors of the building being constructed
    The floors of the building being constructed
    Newly completed front of the building
    Newly completed front of the building

    By undertaking top down construction to build different areas of the project simultaneously and through close workings with LUL and well as by providing detailed investigations and forensic analysis, we were able to negotiate the various complex factors to successfully deliver this new development in the heart of Westminster.

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  • Lee Tunnel Flow Transfer System

    Inside the Lee tunnels
      • Organisation: Mott MacDonald
      • Client: Thames Water

      The Lee Tunnel will help provide London with a 21st century sewer network by preventing 16 million tonnes of sewage overflowing in to the River Lee annually.

    The Flow Transfer System will convey this flow out from the tunnel and into the Beckton Sewage Works inlet for treatment.

    Flow diagram for the Lee Tunnel
    Flow diagram for the Flow Transfer System
    The new pips being constructed
    The Flow Transfer System being constructed
    The Lee Tunnel Project
    The Flow Transfer System Project

    By utilising spare capacity on the Lee Tunnel shaft's pumps the Flow Transfer System design was developed from a rising main to an above ground gravity system. This simplified construction and eliminated the need for additional pumping, but required innovation to overcome challenges including:

    • Developing new safe methods to install & inspect the large diameter pipeline under overhead powerlines.
    • Developing safe construction methods to build over, and connect into, existing Victorian-built brick sewers of unknown condition with minimum operational impact.
    • Ensuring precise hydraulic requirements were met across an unusually wide range of flows by using Computational Fluid Dynamics and physical hydraulic modelling.
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  • London Power Tunnels

    London power tunnels
      • Organisation: National Grid
      • Client: National Grid

      Unrivalled contribution to London

      To re-engineer the aging London electricity transmission infrastructure; National Grid is building 32 kilometres of tunnels and fourteen shafts, that will connect six existing and two new substations.

    LPT is the longest tunnelling contract tendered in the UK and will also be the longest cable tunnel in the world.

    Through the collaboration of engineering disciplines, from across Europe, National Grid will deliver an electricity super highway to serve and support London. This customer (UKPN and Crossrail) focused project, will serve as the backbone to meeting London's increasing energy demand, for decades to come.

    Diagram showing the reason for the project
    Diagram showing the reason for the project
    The new sub-station to be built
    The new sub-station to be built
    TBM ready to bore under London
    TBM ready to bore under London

    With the requirement to intricately knit together legal requirements, multifaceted substation builds, hundreds of kilometres high voltage cable, shafts and tunnels, it is not surprising that this project has presented many challenges. But, a year ahead of programme, LPT has had a strong safety performance, a resolute attitude to quality and leaves a lasting legacy to local communities.

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  • Salmons Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS)

    Salmons Brook
      • Organisation: CH2M
      • Client: Environment Agency

      The Salmons Brook flood alleviation scheme is a world-class project. It demonstrates how civil engineering design, construction and client strategy can create a project outcome that works within a highly developed urban area at risk of flooding.

    It harmonises the natural environment whilst achieving reduced risk from the single most common natural disaster that occurs in the UK, namely flooding.

    Salmons Brook at dusk
    Salmons Brook at dusk
    The need for better flood defences
    The need for better flood defences
    New flood walls in place
    New flood walls in place

    The scheme uses digital modelling, remote telemetry and health, safety and environmental improvements. These together with a landscape design for improved bio-diversity and control of invasive riparian species, result in a legacy which will make an outstanding contribution to the sustainable creation, improvement and nurturing of the physical and social environment of Lower Edmonton and the London Borough of Enfield and the wider catchment of the river.

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  • Tennison Road Bridge

    Tennison Road Bridge
      • Organisation: John Graham Constructions Ltd
      • Client: Network Rail

      The successful replacement of a road bridge over 10 rail lines in Croydon, opening to the public in June 2015. The scheme demolished an existing 9 span bridge, with a new single span structure constructed in its place.

    An innovative "Live Launch" method allowed the 565 tonne bridge deck to be jacked into position while the trains remained operational below the structure at all times, a challenging alternative to the original plans for a tandem crane lift during a Christmas blockade. It also annulled the need for residents to move to temporary accommodation over Christmas. A 132m long temporary footbridge provided access for pedestrians at all times.

    Construction begins on the new bridge
    Construction begins on the new bridge
    The bridge is carefully moved into place
    The bridge is carefully moved into place
    The railway line was kept open at all times
    The railway line was kept open at all times

    The good working relations, collaboration and planning efforts of the team (Network Rail, GRAHAM Construction and Selhurst Depot) were rewarded with various successes, including installation of bridge deck two weeks early, and the handback of overnight rail possessions hours earlier than planned.

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  • Thames Water Lee Tunnel Project

    Constructing London's deepest tunnels
      • Organisation: MVB Consortium
      • Client: Thames Water

      The £685m Lee Tunnel is the largest infrastructure project ever awarded by Thames Water.

    This 6.9km long, 7.2m internal diameter, storage tunnel will reduce sewage discharges to the River Thames by 40% (16 million tonnes), a major step towards cleaning up the river for the 21st century.

    Contractor MVB Consortium (Morgan Sindall, Vinci Construction and Bachy Soletanche), Project Manager CH2MHill and Thames Water, formed a single project team to complete the Lee Tunnel by April 2016.

    Constructing London's deepest tunnels
    Constructing London's deepest tunnels
    New tunnels for Thames Tideway project
    New tunnels for Thames Tideway project
    Part of the tunnel complete
    Part of the tunnel complete

    Crucial has been safe completion (safety KPIs show values as successful as Crossrail's projects), on time and within budget. Any significant time slippage would breach compliance with environmental directives and financially penalise the Client.

    As the largest diameter and deepest tunnel to be built under London, the Lee Tunnel has driven major industry leading innovations in the design and construction of its shafts and tunnels, and augmented and sustained the existing sewage disposal network.

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  • PAL 6 District and Cirlcle Line Underpass, Victoria Station Upgrade

    New underpass at Victoria station
      • Organisation: Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttall JV
      • Client: London Underground Limited

      Innovation and industry firsts are at the centre of the ongoing success of the Victoria Station Upgrade.

    Overcoming notoriously difficult ground conditions and a limited structural envelope which intersects the foundations and drainage of the Victorian brick D&C line tunnel, the VSU team developed an intelligent top-down construction approach, reducing a programme of seventeen weekend possessions to one six day Christmas blockade.

    A BIM map of Victoria station
    A BIM map of Victoria station
    Constructing the underpass under the running tracks
    Constructing the underpass under the running tracks
    A cross section of the new underpass
    A cross section of the new underpass

    The innovative solution developed through close collaboration between the project partners, involved the integration of temporary and permanent works, which enabled the safe and efficient construction of this complex element of the project, with nominal impact on the operational railway and London's travelling public.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, MP, said: `This awesome feat of engineering is central to Victoria station's remarkable renaissance. Without many of us even noticing, London Underground engineers have completed a mammoth task, uniting 300 metres of new tunnels right beneath our feet'.

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'Engineered in London' category

Please note these projects are not included in the ICE London Evening Standard People's Choice Award voting.

  • Manchester Library Walk Link Building

    Manchester Library walk link centre
      • Organisation: AKT II / Eckersley O'Callaghan
      • Client: Manchester City Council

      Library Walk was an opportunity to experiment with new design tools, technologies and fabrication methods to allow the pure expression of structure in sculptural forms.

    In both the roof monocoque, delivered using innovative method of fabrication borrowed from the shipbuilding industry and refined to new levels of precision, and in the structural glass façade, taking the latest in reductive engineering to its zenith; form, enclosure and structure have been merged into a single integrated system.

    Constructing the new walk link roof
    Constructing the new walk link roof
    Supporting the new roof during construction
    Supporting the new roof during construction
    The finished roof and walk link
    The finished roof and walk link

    As well as being a playful, sophisticated and sensitive sculptural piece, the project opens new opportunities within a more integrated approach to the design and fabrication of structural and cladding systems.

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  • District Hospitals Project Ghana – Dodowa Hospital

    Dodowa hospital Ghana
      • Organisation: Campbell Reith Hill LLP
      • Client: NMS International Group Ltd and Ghana MoH

      The Ghana District Hospitals project is an exemplary illustration of the core values of modern civil engineering.

    The hospitals will transform the lives of those living in each district and they have been engineered to provide an optimum solution bringing together the best of modern facilities, modern construction methods, knowledge transfer of these methods, and the use of new technologies to achieve a sustainable user friendly layout that economically addresses the site constraints.

    Ground preperation for the foundations
    Ground preperation for the foundations
    The new hospital building going up
    he new hospital building going up
    The finished hospital
    The finished hospital

    The project has involved everything from the use of satellite imagery, drones, Revit 3D, PDS 3D cut and fill analysis to sustainable drainage, solar energy, modern composite wall systems and low energy self-sufficient sewerage treatments.

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  • Intesa SanPaolo Tower, Turin

    The Intesa San Paolo tower
      • Organisation: Expedition Engineering
      • Client: Intesa SanPaolo Spa

      The 38-storey Intesa SanPaolo bank headquarters represents a step forward in sustainable skyscraper design.

    Civil and structural engineering played a significant part in realising the project's environmental aspirations and these credentials were validated with achievement of LEED Platinum certification, extremely rare for a commercial building.

    By lifting the main volume of the tower above the ground plane, connection is provided laterally between the street and new public park. This feature drove the tower's expressed stability system and structure involved in suspending the auditorium space. The three-storey, rooftop glasshouse "Serra" crowns the tower and provides valuable public community space.

    The new tower being constructed
    The new tower being constructed
    Inside the lower floors
    Inside the top floors
    The completed building from inside
    The completed building from inside

    On the tower opening weekend in April 2015, the locals queued around the park to be some of the first to get the opportunity to experience this special building that represents the very highest standards of design and sustainability in construction and operation for a commercial tower.

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