Top engineering projects rewarded at Yorkshire and Humber Awards

Professor Lord Robert Mair handed out awards for projects that ranged from multi-million pound projects to smaller, highly valued local schemes.

Centenary Award winner - Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Centenary Award winner - Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Three schemes from a shortlist of 18 have been awarded for their excellence in civil engineering at the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards. The annual ceremony took place at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, where guest of honour, ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair presented the awards.

The 3 awards were presented to the following projects:

Centenary Award Winner: Skipton flood alleviation scheme

Delivered by Arup on behalf of The Environment Agency, the £13.8m project was designed and built to protect the North Yorkshire town from a 1-in-100 year flood event, consisting of 2 new dams which stores flood water for release after a storm passes, in addition to flood walls at 3 locations in the town centre.

Reasons for nomination included 'a 1-in-100 year standard of protection to 378 homes and at least 165 businesses, with the re-classification of 24.5 hectares of greenfield land in the south Skipton area. The scheme also would help businesses remain competitive and provide good quality local jobs, unlocking major growth opportunities to strengthen economic links with neighbouring cities.'

Smeaton Award winner: Tadcaster Bridge emergency works

Smeaton Award winner
Smeaton Award winner - Tadcaster Bridge Emergency Works

Delivered by Balfour Beatty on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council. Following devastating flooding in December 2015, the bridge in Tadcaster collapsed, splitting the town in half. The bridge, whose arches date back to the 16th century, also has an 'upstream' structure which was added in the 1780s, with the newer upstream pier and arches that failed during the 2015 flood event.

An initial installation of a footbridge to reconnect the town followed before undertaking permanent repairs, which included the introduction of a ground-breaking, pre-constructed single span bridge to contend with unpredictable ground conditions.

Comments for the nomination included: "The project at Tadcaster Bridge was always more than rebuilding a flood damaged structure –first and foremost it was about reuniting a community."

Sir John Fowler Award winner: River Hull Navigation Authority project

Sir John Fowler Award Winner
Sir John Fowler Award Winner, River Hull Navigation Authority

Delivered by Pell Frischmann for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the River Hull is currently a free navigation between Hull City Council's boundary and Struncheon Hill Lock. The River Hull was navigable from the Humber Estuary to Driffield until the construction of Wansford Bridge in 1967, which limited navigation from the Humber to Frodingham and Wansford. The waterway was heavily used for commercial shipping until the 1940s.

In 2016, East Riding of Yorkshire Council commissioned the feasibility study for a navigation authority on the River Hull and Driffield Navigation, following the publication of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy. The study investigated and then proposed 4 options for developing a form of navigation authority.

Reasons for nomination included how the study highlighted 'the potential for improvement and economic development in the area with advantages such as better control over berthing; income contribution from the river to part offset regular costs for maintenance; support of regeneration; and scope for commercial and residential development.'

Regional Education Award Winners

  • New Ambassador Award winner – Matthew Donnachie, EngTech MICE
  • Special Recognition Awards winner – Ivanka Shamaro CEng MICE
  • Company Award winner – Network Rail

Certificates of Excellence:

  • A14 Orwell Bridge Strategic Management and Studies (Highways England, Amey, Freyssinet)
  • Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway (Yorkshire Water, Mott MacDonald Bentley, JN Bentley)
  • Little Woodhouse Street – Strengthening Works (Leeds City Council, WSP, Carillion)
  • M1 J32-35a Smart Motorway Improvement Scheme (Highways England, WSP and Costain)
  • Sheffield Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Scheme (Mott MacDonald, Carillion, Sheffield City Council, Environment Agency)
  • Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR) 2017 (Wakefield Council, Leeds City Council, Mounchel Consulting, Jacobs, HOCHTIEF (UK) Constuction Ltd, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Certificates of Commendation:

  • Elland Bridge Reconstruction (Canal & River Trust, Arcadis Consulting Ltd, Kier Construction, Department for Transport, Calderdale Metropolitan Council)
  • Hensall Barrier Bank Modifications (Environment Agency, JBA Bentley, Turner and Townsend, John Falkingham, AECOM)
  • HUL1/1 Park Street Bridge bearing replacement and strengthening (Network Rail, OVE Arup & Partners, Balfour Beatty)
  • Repair of Linton Bridge: Reuniting Communities (Leeds City Council, Mott MacDonald, BAM Nuttall Ltd, AE Yates Ltd, Department for Transport)
  • ECM5/20 - Sykes Lane Railway Overbridge (Network Rail, HBPW Consulting Ltd, Amalgamated Construction Ltd, North Yorkshire County Council, Hambleton District Council)
  • A61 Birdwell Junction, Barnsley (Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Esh Construction Ltd)
  • Allerton Waste Recovery Park (North Yorkshire County Council, Waterman Group Race Cotam Associates Ltd, VINCI Construction UK and France, Amey Cespa, OWS, Stadler)
  • Catterick Flood Storage Reservoir (Environment Agency & Highways England, CH2M)
  • Hull Public Realm (Hull City Council, Ove Arup & Partners, Eurovia and Gardiner & Theobold)