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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.

Entries have now been shortlisted by a panel of senior engineers and experts. They will now be visited by the judging panel with the winners announced on 25 May, 2017 at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards Ceremony at One Great George Street.

The Award categories are:

  • Greatest Contribution to London
    This, the highest award, is given to the project that most beneficially impacts Londoners
  • 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.
  • Building Award
    This award recognises civil engineering excellence in the design and construction of high quality buildings.
  • Special Awards
    These are awarded at the discretion of the judging panel for projects that they feel demonstrate a significant contribution to society.
  • Londonist People's Choice Award
    This award is given to the project that receives the most votes from the public.
  • Engineered in London
    This award rewards projects of excellence situated outside London - developed by teams in London.

Vote

Voting has now closed. The results will be announced at the ICE London Awards Ceremony on 25 May 2017. You can still get tickets to ceremony.

Winners of the free ceremony and Engineering Late tickets will be selected at random and contacted by 5 May. If you are not contacted by then, you have not been successful this year.

The Shortlist

  • Battersea Power Station Phase 2

    Battersea Development

      The deconstruction and reconstruction of the four chimneys at Battersea Power Station required replicating with an identical structure within a constrained area which has required some original thinking.

    These iconic structures have stood part of the London skyline for 60 years. However they had become severely deteriorated through lack of maintenance after decommissioning and would not have remained standing without major action taken.

    • The Chimneys tops are 107m above chimneys
    • They weigh approximately 600Tons each
    • They are 8.5m diameter at the bottom and 6.5m at the top
    • The concrete for the chimneys was batched on site and placed using wheel barrows
    • The demolished material was reused as part of the ground works for the new development
    Work on Battersea Power Station
    Work on Battersea Power Station
    Securing the original chimneys
    Securing the original chimneys
    Work to repair the chimneys
    Work to repair the chimneys
     

    The deconstruction of the chimneys was carried out by using traditional methods in a unique way.

    The reconstruction of the chimneys use both traditional methods of construction and newer advanced techniques. The project team worked closely with English Heritage and Wandsworth Council to achieve high standards and positive results.

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  • Bermondsey Dive-Under (BDU)

    Bermondsey Dive-Under

      The Bermondsey Dive-Under is untangling the railway tracks to the east of London Bridge station as an essential part of the £6.5bn Thameslink Programme. It will ease rail congestion, reduce delays at London Bridge station and is critical to Thameslink’s increase in passenger capacity on the north-south rail link through London.

    This £77m project involves redeveloping 180 year old brick arch viaducts to create new infrastructure that allows south east London services to 'dive under' the Thameslink lines unimpeded. New structures include long precast concrete arch viaducts, a structural form rarely used for the past century. The works were complete on a constrained site within a 15- month railway blockade, remaining on time and on budget. We reused 37,000m3 of demolition waste on site and achieved 99.5% diversion from landfill.

    New rail viaduct
    New rail viaduct
    New underpass will improve on delays
    New underpass will improve on delays
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  • Crossrail C502 Liverpool Street – Tunnels and Platforms

    Tunnel construction at Liverpool Street Station

      Liverpool Street Station is the deepest section of the Crossrail scheme. The track-side platforms were constructed using 460 precast elements weighing over 2900 tonnes. Only 5 steel moulds were used for manufacture of the precast units which had capacity to produce 10 components per cycle.

    The precast elements were transported to site using a just-in-time delivery model. Four bespoke gantry cranes were then used to install the components. The cranes were designed and manufactured to operate within the restricted tunnel environment and could be manoeuvred using remote control. Employing this approach accelerated construction and meant that the Liverpool Street Station platforms were the built faster than any other underground platform on Crossrail.

    Once opened, each train will be 200m long with the ability to transport 1500 people. The route will be known as the Elizabeth line and will increase London's rail capacity by 10%.

    The completed platform tunnels
    The completed platform tunnels
    Drone flying through the completed tunnels
    Drone flying through the completed tunnels
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  • Custom House Station

    Custom House station upgrade

      The new Crossrail station at Custom House was a unique opportunity for design and construction. It will welcome millions of visitors to London’s largest conference centre, ExCeL, and provide vital connections to the people and businesses of Newham.

    Faced with a number of constraints, our 'kit of parts' strategy for Custom House's construction included pre-fabricated and standardised components. This approach – where the majority of the station was built off-site – meant we could minimise work on-site, drive down programme times and costs, and reduce the impact on the local community. The approach also led to Custom House's excellent H&S record – one of the best of any Crossrail station to date.

    To keep on schedule and working as a team, we used new technologies, including software programmes to model the station in 3D and QR codes to track the 880 precast components from their design through to their installation on-site.

    Major parts of the station delivered by road
    Major parts of the station delivered by road
    The completed station design
    The completed station design
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  • Guys Cancer Centre

    The new Cancer Centre at Guy's hospital

      The new state-of-the-art Guy’s Cancer Centre building uses modern design, engineering and construction methods to create a world-class treatment facility that’s designed entirely around the needs of patients and their families.

    Patient consideration is at the heart of this fourteen storey cancer centre, which brings treatment and research under one roof making the experience easier and less stressful for patients. The Centre is made up of a number of stacked 'villages', each with its own distinct identity relating to a particular patient need. Notably, this is the first cancer centre in the UK to wholly locate its radiotherapy treatment facilities above ground floor level, a key design decision following patient feedback from the Patient Reference Group. Medical equipment includes six linear accelerators which will be the first radiotherapy machines in Europe to treat patients above ground level. This aims to help patients feel more comfortable in natural light and air.

    The new Cancer Centre at London Bridge
    The new Cancer Centre at London Bridge
    A brand new cancer centre
    A brand new cancer centre
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  • Hampstead Heath Ponds Project

    Hampstead Heath Ponds Project

      The Hampstead Heath Ponds Project is an environmental led engineering solution to virtually eliminate the risk of dam failure within the two main chains of ponds on Hampstead Heath during extreme rainfall events and major storms while complying with the Hampstead Heath Act 1871 and Reservoirs Act 1975, and taking into account the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. This called for an additional requirement to limit the impact on the natural environment of the Heath and to implement important ecological and water quality improvements.

    Five interesting facts include:

    • 30 000m3 of London clay were moved as part of the works;
    • 3,000 school pupils engaged through the project's education programme;
    • New changing facilities were pre-fabricated in Yorkshire and moved in five sections to the Heath, minimising disruption to recreation;
    • Five ponds desilted with no silt taken off site;
    • Items found during pond de-sitling: 1 x Mk3 Ford Cortina, 1x moped, 1x silver eagle, several mobile phones, multiple bullets.
    Works to prevent dam failure
    Works to prevent dam failure
    Ensuring the ponds last the test of time
    Ensuring the ponds last the test of time
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  • London Bridge Station Redevelopment

    London Bridge Station Redevelopment

      The London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project is transforming the existing station in a way that ensures its suitability as one of the UK’s landmark infrastructure interchanges for years to come. The construction of new platforms for increased-capacity and more frequent trains above a new concourse the size of Wembley football stadium, all whilst maintaining the operation of the country’s 4th busiest station, will ensure that better connections than ever before will be available to the 56 million passengers that pass through the station annually.

    Applying a holistic approach to all aspects of the project that is arguably Europe's most multifaceted infrastructure development, Network Rail, Costain and the Costain supply chain are collaboratively ensuring that not only does the project create a lasting and unquestionable legacy for the capital and surrounding areas, but that it is delivered in a way that sets a 'blueprint for the delivery of major complex projects'.

    Tooley Street entrance
    Tooley Street entrance
    London Bridge workforce
    London Bridge workforce
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  • North South Cycle Superhighway

    North South Cycle Superhighway

      TfL opened the first phase of the North-South Cycle Superhighway in Spring 2016. The North-South Cycle Superhighway is a high quality, substantially segregated cycle route between Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street (3km), near Holborn Viaduct.

    The route has been transformative for London cycling, and could only have been achieved through excellent project management and teamwork. It provides cyclists with safer, faster, more direct and comfortable provisions in central London. The route uses several innovative design features to improve safety. For instance, cyclists are physically separated from traffic through segregation kerbs, and junctions have been radically redesigned to give cyclists priority through early-release traffic lights. Vehicles turning left are also held back to allow cyclists safe passage.

    Since opening, surveys show more than a 50% increase in the number of cyclists using the route compared with pre-construction, and in the morning and evening peaks, cycling numbers have reached 8,400.

    The new North to South Cycle Superhighway
    The new North to South Cycle Superhighway
    Running through the heart of the city
    Running through the heart of the city
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Engineered in London Award

This category rewards projects of excellence situated outside London - developed by teams in London.

  • Formby Stair

    Formby Stair

      Formby Stair is a breath-taking two-storey stone helical staircase that springs from one landing and is completely unsupported as it sweeps through 320 degrees to the next.

    From the start the intention was to create something u n paralleled, something that would take you r breath away, something that would make engineers everywhere wonder how it was done.

    The space provided for the stair was a large open atrium with a glazed roof above. It is the central point of the whole house and as such, required a grand sculpture to fill it and take centre stage.

    From this the idea was born to create a spiralling stone staircase between floors and to make it appear as slender as possible. The stair rises from ground floor to first and then on to second, springing elegantly off reinforced concrete landings at each level.

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  • National Taichung Theater

    National Taichung Theater

      The National Taichung Theater is one of the most structural ambitious spaces constructed in the last decades. Contrary to the complex appearance, the main structure, free-form doubly curved reinforced concrete shell, is a single continuous surface.

    Design and construction teams worked together to develop a new construction method for a free-from reinforced concrete without custom made 3D formwork. It is an innovative combination of a sophisticated construction technology and local knowledge and craftsmanship. Architect, structural engineer, acoustician shared the same parametric model to collaboratively optimize the shape.

    Taiwan has the highest seismic loads. The engineering team established and used advanced analysis and optimisation processes to deliver a robust structural design and a highly optimised structure to keep the project on budget.

    The building is a new art performance centre housing three stages and other cultural space and will make the city of Taichung to a national and international cultural hub.

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  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre

      The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) provides world-class new homes for the Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera and a large, much needed, public park.

    With LEED Platinum certification and an estimated long-term €140m/annum contribution to GDP this project achieves the highest levels of sustainability. In February 2017 the SNFCC will be transferred to the Greek state to be used and enjoyed by the Greek Nation.

    Carefully targeted engineering innovation was used to address specific ground, environmental, architectural and seismic challenges. In particular, the design and construction of the canopy that supports 10,000m2 of PVs was "right at the edge" of structural engineering knowledge and industry capability. The canopy is now the world's largest and most highly engineered ferrocement structure.

    The selection of the engineering consultants based in London aimed at transferring expertise and raising the bar for modern public architecture, innovative engineering and construction.

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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.

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