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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 2016, in association with Randstad, celebrated projects from across the city that have raised the bar for innovation, health and safety, community benefit, construction or design.

This year's winners showcased 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. Our 2016 Award winners demonstrated excellence in design and construction and drew attention to project management, financial control and health and safety.

Below are this year's winners along with the comments from the judging panel on why they felt these projects were deserving of their awards.

We would like to thank our Award ceremony sponsors Randstad along with our award category sponsors:

2016 Award winners

  • Greatest Contribution to London in association with Carmichael


      Thames Water Lee Tunnel Project and the Lee Tunnel Flow Transfer System

      The Lee Tunnel Project and Lee Tunnel Flow Transfer System are the first phase of the biggest upgrade to the sewerage system of London since Victorian times that will, in the next few years, include the Thames Tideway and the consequent environmental clean-up.

    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
    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

    The judges were impressed by the scale of the Lee projects, the way they integrated London's future needs into the Victorian infrastructure and the contribution of this first phase to the dramatic reduction in volumes of raw sewage into the River Lee. These projects are major pieces of infrastructure, largely hidden from most Londoners both in their execution and their operation, contributing an enormous improvement to the health of the residents of London. As such, they were seen by the judges as the Civil Engineering Project with the Greatest Contribution to London.

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  • Award for Complex Infrastructure in association with Randstad


      PAL 6 District and Circle Line Underpass, Victoria Station Upgrade

      The judges were impressed by this project as an exemplar of an extraordinarily complex scheme, extremely well-executed with commitment to high standards of technical excellence, collaboration, delivery and health and safety.

    Involving almost all the engineering domains, including geotechnical, chemical, electrical, tunnelling and structural. And it employed the full range of practical techniques, from digital engineering through to men with shovels. The project was also an R&D project in real-time, with problem-solving, innovation, just-in-time design and integration of engineering disciplines throughout the programme.

    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
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  • Award for Community Impact in association with ICE Recruit


      Bridget Joyce Square, Australia Road SUDS Scheme

      The judges were struck by four things about this scheme, which made it deserving of the award.

    Firstly the safety implications of removing the road and creating a safe crossing environment from the adjacent school to the play area for the children; secondly the collaboration between the local authority and the residents association, who were consulted, along with the school headteacher on the scheme from the very outset; then the sense of place that has been created for use by the whole local community of some 5000 residents and finally how the local authority is monitoring the SuDs to test its effectiveness for informing potential future schemes. Put together, these qualities make the scheme a worthy winner.

    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
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  • Award for Digital Engineering in association with Robert Bird Group


      LUL applied BIM, VDC and Digital engineering for Baker Street Bond Street Tunnel Remediation

      A complex tunnel refurbishment in which London Underground embraced the benefits of digital construction to manage all aspects of a very complex and challenging project.

    The judges were impressed in how LU adopted this approach from the outset even though it was an old structure. All plant, equipment and materials had to be cleared at the end of engineering hours every night with the tunnel fully open to run trains in a safe condition. This could not have been achieved without the confidence and control that was taken from the BIM system employed.

    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
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  • Engineered in London Award in association with Pinsent Masons


      District Hospitals Project Ghana – Dodowa Hospital

      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.

    Celebrating the opening of the hospital
    Celebrating the opening of the hospital
    The newly completed hospital
    The newly completed hospital
    The finished hospital
    The finished hospital
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  • Evening Standard People's Choice Award


      Tennison Bridge Road

      The scheme saw 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.

    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
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