The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Merit Awards 2017

ICE East Midlands Civil Engineering Merit Awards 2017 took place at the Belfry in Nottingham on 9 June. Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President 2016-17, presented the awards at a ceremony during a black-tie dinner attended by over 300 guests.

ICE East Midlands Chair, Ray Dickinson welcomes guest to the annual gala dinner and awards evening.
ICE East Midlands Chair, Ray Dickinson welcomes guest to the annual gala dinner and awards evening.

Thirty-two projects from five East Midlands' counties, as well as projects located in the South West and South East, competed for recognition at these prestigious awards. The entries were judged by a panel of experienced civil engineers and members of ICE's East Midlands Graduates & Students Committee, chaired by ICE East Midlands Chair, Ray Dickinson.

The awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering across the region and beyond. They are ICE's main opportunity to draw attention to the hidden benefits of civil engineering to society and showcase the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions engineers make to the wealth our region.

Each project entered for up to three of the following categories: Large projects greater than £10M, Medium projects from £750K to £10M, Small projects less the £750K, Team Achievement, Studies & Research. Awards were given in each category with other projects recognised as being 'Highly Commended' or 'Commended.'

The William Kemp Award is presented to someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career. It isn't presented every year in order to recognise that those who receive it have truly made an exceptional contribution.

High-flying young engineers and teams who demonstrated superb communication skills, dedication and commitment to their studies, and made a significant contribution to their profession, were also celebrated at the awards.

Ray Dickinson, ICE East Midlands Chair 2016-17 said:

"This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate the civil engineering profession and the inspirational people and teams who are often unseen, but who help our society to function and improve our lives."

"Nominations for our Emerging Engineers Award and Communications Competition this year were all of an extremely high standard. It is impressive the achievements that have been made so early in the careers of these individuals which is a testament to their commitment, enthusiasm and drive. I am confident and reassured that the industry is in good hands with such individuals emerging in our industry."

"Our great Institution will be 200 years old in 2018. Next year we'll be celebrating the progress that has been made since we were founded and looking forward to the great opportunities and challenges which lie ahead, and the role civil engineers can play in shaping the society of the future."

"I congratulate the winners of our 2017 Awards and all entrants. These awards are a chance for them to feel proud of their hard work and dedication which often goes unnoticed by the general public."

ICE East Midlands Regional Director, Molly McKenzie added:

"Our annual Merit Awards is our opportunity to celebrate professional civil engineers and the amazing infrastructure projects they create and deliver in a safe and sustainable manner."

"To enable us to deliver today's infrastructure and support tomorrow's growth we must recognise the hard work of our colleagues working behind the scenes who are often overlooked. We must also capture their knowledge and enthusiasm and share it with our children. The future of the next generation of engineers is also in the hands of their parents and teachers, and we must make sure that these too are well-informed about engineering as a career and life choice."

Winners

Large Project Award (>£10M)

EMMAs large project winner - East Midlands Airport runway refurbishment, Leicestershire
EMMAs large project winner - East Midlands Airport runway refurbishment, Leicestershire

East Midlands Airport Runway Refurbishment

Client: East Midlands Airport
Partners: Galliford Try and AECOM

In a truly collaborative approach, East Midlands Airport (EMA) and Galliford Try successfully delivered a UK and industry first: a runway refurbishment on time and budget with zero accidents, through an innovative programme of seven consecutive 48 hour closures.

This project was a prime example of outstanding collaborative working between the contractor and airport whilst successfully managing the needs of stakeholders through an ambitious programme.

Planning, design and unique solutions were key to achieving success in resurfacing 150,000sqm of runway and replacing 1,200 Above Ground Level beacons (AGLs). Safety, security and sustainability were the top priorities and were effectively managed throughout.

Chair of the judging panel, Ray Dickinson said:

"This project had to be designed and planned within very tight access constraints. It was both technically and logistically demanding and was delivered after extensive consultation and engagement with a range of stakeholders. Safety, security and sustainability were the top priorities which the judges felt were effectively managed throughout. As with many successful civil engineering projects, the end user has benefitted without being disrupted, or even being aware of the works."

Highly Commended: RAF Waddington Runway Refurbishment

Client: Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Partners: AECOM and Carillion

Commended: Ambergate Strategic Service Reservoir Renewal

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: NMC Nomenca, Atkins and Laing O'Rourke

Medium Project Award (>£50K , £10M)

Winner of the medium merit award – Heanor, Breach Road flood alleviation scheme, Derbyshire
Winner of the medium merit award – Heanor, Breach Road flood alleviation scheme, Derbyshire

Heanor, Breach Road Flood Alleviation

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: NMC Nomenca, F&B Trenchless Solutions & Polypipe Civils

A £1M project to reduce the flooding witnessed by numerous properties on Breach Road, Heanor has been successfully completed. The scheme works by quickly conveying the combined sewer water away from the properties at risk of flooding and safely storing it in a 163m long 2.1m diameter tunnel. The solution is designed to limit the pass forward flows from the tunnel at 180L/s through a 30m throttle pipe which ensures the properties downstream remain safe from the flood waters. The complex hydraulic design of the scheme ensures minimal future maintenance and operates entirely without a single moving part.

The judges said: 'They had a difficult choice deciding between three entries, but the winner scored well in quality of submission, planning, communication and overall impact of project.'

Highly Commended: The Squire Preforming Arts Centre

Client: Nottingham Girls' High School
Partners: Arup, Balfour Beatty, Girl's Day School trust and Marsh Grochowski Architects

Commended: Derby T12 Link Road

Client: Derby City Council
Partners: Derby City Council and Balfour Beatty

Small Project Award (<£750K)

Small project merit award winner – Raw water upgrade to Chequer House borehole pumping station in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
Small project merit award winner – Raw water upgrade to Chequer House borehole pumping station in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Raw Water Upgrades – Chequer House Borehole Pumping Station

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Pick Everard, NMC Nomenca

Pick Everard provided design services for NMC Nomenca for the installation of Ultra Violet (UV) treatment processes at Chequer House, Nottinghamshire. 3D modelling of the existing site and the proposed installation has meant that Pick Everard have not just provided a design to be constructed, they have also provided a model of the site for future works and a template for design of future UV water treatment projects for Severn Trent Water.

At fortnightly team meetings Pick Everard and NMC Nomenca reviewed the model; thoroughly interrogating the design and removing problems that would have only arisen once construction had started using traditional methods.

The judges said: ' A well-presented submission of a fairly complex project and procurement, professionally managed using advanced techniques. The three engineering disciplines have worked collaboratively together for a successful outcome.'

'A good use of 3D modelling for design and site layout was demonstrated, creating a new design template that can be used for future projects. There was also good use of off-site fabrication and of a re-usable pipework jig to reduce the complexity of site work.'

Studies and Research Award

Proposed Daventry Canal: Water Supply Strategy Study won the Studies and Research merit award
Proposed Daventry Canal: Water Supply Strategy Study won the Studies and Research merit award

Proposed Daventry Canal: Water Supply Strategy Study

Client: Daventry District Council
Partners: Pick Everard, Canal & River Trust and JPP Consulting

A new waterway linking Daventry town with the Grand Union Canal would have clear social benefits and potential commercial benefits. An unacceptably detrimental impact on water resources however would put the sustainability of the proposal in doubt.

The objectives of the study were to understand the water resource issues through collaboration with Canal & River Trust (CRT) and to identify mitigation solutions which would ensure sustainability of the canal network.

The study involved first principle loss calculations and comparison with CRT hydrological model data to evaluate water resource requirements and an innovative mitigation which considers a wider application of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDs).

Judges thought "the winning project was good study providing clear evidence of detail research and planning, coupled with an innovative outcome and bench mark for modern canal design practice.

The judges considered that during the construction period and on completion, will help in promoting the civil engineering profession to the public."

Highly Commended: Reducing Hydrogen Sulphide through Data Optimisation

Client: Severn Trent Water
Lead Partner: Pick Everard

Team Achievement Award

The Team Achievement merit award was won by the Awsworth Road bridge replacement project team.
The Team Achievement merit award was won by the Awsworth Road bridge replacement project team.

Awsworth Road Bridge replacement, Ilkeston

Client: Network Rail
Partners: AMCO Rail, HBPW Consulting, 1st in Rail, ALE and Martello Piling

Close collaboration between AMCO and Network Rail allowed a 116 year old bridge (known as TCC 27A) to be replaced safely and efficiently with a futureproof design for the people of Ilkeston.

This £3 million bridge replacement culminated in the innovative use of Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) to remove the old deck and place the new one in just 20 hours, minimising disruption to rail operations.

The success of the project was followed by the release of a hugely successful time-lapse video, raising the profile of the civil engineering profession.

The judges particularly applauded "the complex project being delivered within a demanding window of time requiring close cooperation and detailed planning between client, contactor, designer and specialist contractors. The whole team worked as one to safely and efficiently to deliver a future proofed design. Time-lapse vide shows a carefully choreographed installation phase that can only result from all party collaboration to deliver real benefit to the end user."

Highly Commended: M4 Junction 3 to 12 Smart Motorway Scheme

Client: Highways England
Partners: AECOM, Mouchel, CH2M and Arcadis

Commended: East Midlands Airport Runway Refurbishment

Client: East Midlands Airport
Partners: Galliford Try and AECOM

William Kemp Award

The William Kemp Award was awarded to Robert Moyle, Executive Chairman of the North Midland Construction Group. It was presented to Robert by William Kemp at a specially arranged ceremony at the North Midland Construction Group's headquarters in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Emerging Engineers Award

The Winner of the regional round of the Emerging Engineers Award was Robin de Jongh from GCA Consulting with his paper:

'How to lift a building with your bare hands'

Communications Competition

Winners of the regional round of the Graduates & Students Communications competition:

Ben Jackson, Anthony Lock, Neil McKelvie, Callum Oates and Frances Stephens from the Loughborough University team who will represent the East Midlands region at the semi-finals in July.

Top