Winners of the ICE West Midlands Annual Awards were announced at a ceremony earlier this week.
The ICE West Midlands Annual Awards, supported by principal sponsor Linkconnex and award sponsor Cordek Ltd, comprised 11 project awards, five people awards and one overall champion.
The overall winner at the 2019 awards ceremony was Telford and Wrekin Council, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs UK for the new £10m Telford Footbridge Project, which also won the Team Achievement and the Medium Project awards.
A 'complex' project in a 'constrained' environment
The judges recognised that this was a very complex engineering project, which spanned two dual carriageways that carry around 14 million vehicles a year and a busy mainline railway. The building work was phased to minimise disruption to road and rail users, while maintaining pedestrian access to the station.
In granting the three awards, the judges also agreed that the new bridge was an excellent example of an eye-catching bridge engineering in a highly constrained environment working between two live carriageways and adjacent to a live mainline railway. The project was also praised for its innovative use of temporary works to construct the footbridge on site.
The evening’s hosts, Malcolm Corlett, ICE Regional Chair, and Damian McGettrick, Director at WM Plant Hire and active ICE member, introduced all 17 winners of the awards. The guest speaker was Ed McCann, Expedition Director and ICE Vice President, who discussed the importance of humour in project management.
For the Large Project Award, the judges named Battenhall Railway Bridge in Worcester as the winner.
The judges were extremely impressed by this project, which demonstrated a unique approach to installing a new railway bridge. Widening Worcester’s Southern Link Road was one of the county’s largest infrastructure projects and presented a significant challenge: how to extend the Battenhall Railway Bridge, which carries intercity rail services, over the new section of road.
For the first time this year, the Chair made two further awards to a project and person that they believed deserved special recognition, which were in addition to the published awards.
Winner of the Chair’s Project Award was Selly Oak Shopping Park, which was presented to the team from Landsec, Birmingham City Council, Interserve and Job Centre Plus.
The Chair’s Award for the person who deserved special recognition went to Becky Drew, a graduate ICE Member who has shown exceptional commitment to engineering in the region.
The Bob Dunn Award
The final award of the evening was in memory of the late Bob Dunn, who made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of civil engineering in the West Midlands.
The judges were delighted to confer the 2019 Bob Dunn award to Roger Cragg, a volunteer who has devoted his life to recording the civil engineering heritage of the West Midlands and sharing that knowledge with others.
Commenting on the annual awards event, ICE West Midlands Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said:
“This is an exciting time for civil engineering in the region and you don’t have to travel far to see the many and varied infrastructure projects taking shape. Our civil engineers are busy every day delivering innovative and effective solutions to improve all our lives.
“It's important for us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our civil engineers whose hard work and dedication can often go unnoticed. Congratulations to all the entrants of the 2019 awards, the standard of their entries was, as always, extremely high.”
Read more about the award winners and project entries.