North East - Robert Stephenson awards

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ICE North East presents the Robert Stephenson Awards (RSAs) every year as a celebration of civil engineering excellence in the region.

The awards ensure projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results are announced at the annual dinner and awards are presented by the ICE president. Awards are made to recognise particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity.

Project categories, based on estimated or actual construction costs are:-

  • Large Project: value over £4million
  • Medium Project: value £0.5m-£4m
  • Small Project: value under £0.5m

2016 Awards

Below are the winning entries from the 2016 Robert Stephenson Awards.

Large Project: Over £4million

  • Crag End Landslip Stabilisation

    Crag End Landslip Stabilisation

      Winner

      • Northumberland County Council and VBA JV (a Volkerstevin Bostalis Atkins Joint Venture)

      Crag End Landslip comprises the reconstruction of a 300m section of road near Rothbury for Northumberland County Council. The B6344 road was closed in December 2012 following a landslip, causing dramatic socio-economic impacts and major inconvenience to residents.

    Through ingenuity and engineering excellence the team overcame geotechnical challenges, unstable ground conditions, artesian water, difficult access and SSSI constraints.

    They designed and constructed an anchored bored piled retaining wall to support the road and an innovative passive dewatering system to reduce groundwater pressure. This robust, low maintenance solution ends decades of instability, leaving an engineering legacy to the people of Rothbury.

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  • Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme

    Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme

      Commendation

      • Environment Agency, CH2M, Balfour Beatty, Ryder Landscape Consulting, JBA Consulting and Turner & Townsend

      Morpeth has a long history of flooding dating back to the 1830s with at least 21 flood events recorded during the last 180 years. The most significant event was in September 2008 when over 1,000 properties and businesses flooded.

      Because of this successful scheme flooding to an estimated 100 properties was avoided in January 2016.

    The project team worked closely with the community to develop and deliver an innovative solution to educe flood risk. This was achieved through the provision of upstream storage and urban defences that enhanced the historic built environment and maintained the amenity and connection with the River Wansbeck.

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Medium Project: £0.5million to £4million

  • Vinovium Shaft Works

    Vinovium Shaft Works

      Winner

      • The Coal Authority and Balfour Beatty

      A collapsed former coal mine pumping shaft located within the Durham coalfield required innovative emergency stabilisation and permanent treatment to protect public safety and ensure the wider environment was safeguarded from future mine water pollution incidents.

    Complexities and challenges of the project brought together internal expertise of a regulatory non-departmental government organisation and a construction industry major contractor. Both drew upon their knowledge and experiences of past and present mining and construction industries to design and construct a safe solution.

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  • Fellgate Surface Water Management Scheme

    Fellgate Surface Water Management Scheme

      Commendation

      • Northumbrian Water, South Tyneside Council, MWH and ESH Construction

      Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) and the local authority South Tyneside Council (STC) share responsibility for surface water management in Fellgate and recognised the value of partnering to manage flood risk.

    Complexities and challenges of the project brought together internal expertise of a regulatory non-departmental government organisation and a construction industry major contractor. Both drew upon their knowledge and experiences of past and present mining and construction industries to design and construct a safe solution.

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Small Project: Under £0.5million

  • Hexham Fish Pass

    Hexham Fish Pass

      Winner

      Hexham Fish Pass is a project that will significantly benefit the long-term ecology of the River Tyne for current and future generations.

    Situated on the River Tyne in Northumberland, Hexham Fish Pass is a two stage fish ladder which facilitates the migration of salmon and coarse fish past a high weir to their upstream spawning grounds.

    Set against the backdrop of an iconic 220 year old stone bridge, this project realises the aspirations of the many project stakeholders and addresses the resultant engineering challenges of working within a major river.

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