A new road which will help support jobs and new homes in Stafford and across the West Midlands has taken home a top regional civil engineering award.
The annual ICE West Midlands Awards are held each year and recognse teams that have delivered some of the best civil engineering projects across the region. This year’s ceremony took place online on Thursday 6 May.
The Stafford Western Access Route took home the Overall Award – with judges recognising the efforts made to ensure all stakeholders were fully informed throughout the project’s lifecycle.
ICE East and West Midlands Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said: “Congratulations to all our 2021 West Midlands Awards entrants — the standard this year was, as always, extremely high.
"Our annual awards play an important role in not only demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers, but also in celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our everyday lives. I am delighted that despite a difficult year for everyone, our civil engineers continued to safely deliver inspiring projects in often challenging circumstances."
For the 2021 awards, the judges recognised projects in the following categories:
- Team Achievement
- Small Project (<£2m)
- Medium Project (£2-10m)
- Large Project (>£10m)
- Judges Award
- Overall Winner
Large Project Award; Communication Award; and Overall Award – Stafford Access Route
The Stafford Western Access Route, submitted by Staffordshire County Council and Amey — a new road which is part of a strategic plan to support jobs and new homes in Stafford and across the county — was the winner in three award categories: Communication Award, Large Project Award and Overall Award.
The judges recognised that a regular flow of information was essential to keep all stakeholders — residents, businesses and interested parties — fully informed at every stage of the project. The judges were particularly impressed with the delivery of what was a complex project and agreed that Stafford Western Access Route will have a positive impact across the region for years to come.
The Large Project Award was sponsored by Waterman Aspen, which provides staff secondment solutions in infrastructure.
Innovation Award – Bewdley Bank Service Reservoir
Bewdley Bank Service Reservoir in Herefordshire won the Innovation category.
Built by Mott MacDonald Bentley and FLI Carlow for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the Bewdley Bank Service Reservoir provides a critical new clean water storage facility, providing significant water supply security to the area.
The judges were impressed with the teams’ use of semi-precast construction techniques which resulted in programme efficiencies and health and safety benefits.
The Innovation Award was sponsored by Cordek, a provider of technical solutions for the construction industry.
Sustainability Award; Small Project Award; Highly Commended, Innovation Award – Mancetter Marina
Winning both the Sustainability and Small Project Awards was Mancetter Marina, which lies in the heart of the Warwickshire ring of the Coventry Canal. The project was also highly commended in the Innovation Award category.
The project, submitted by the Rothen Group and Dura Composites, combined unique design and construction techniques to successfully transform the previously disused and private site into a public marina, whilst protecting the flora and fauna, and planting nearly 10,000 trees.
The judges felt that this new marina was designed with the intention to help attract and preserve local ecosystems and wildlife.
Team Achievement Award – Birmingham Highways
The Team Achievement Award winner was Birmingham Highways’ Interim Works Programme and Interim Services Contract. Working closely with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Highways implemented a two-year programme, which involved managing and improving assets around the city.
The programme included a network of 1,500 miles of roads, 3,000 miles of footway, 93,000 streetlights, 76,000 trees, two major tunnels and more than 850 highway structures and bridges.
The judges said that the teamwork on this scheme focused not only on the delivery but also on high standards of safety, sustainability and customer service, while working to improve Birmingham’s infrastructure. This scheme was submitted by Arcadis, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Highways Ltd, Kier Highways, Tarmac, HTM and WJ South.
Medium Project Award; Highly Commended, Innovation Award – Kineton Sewerage Treatment Works
Kineton Sewage Treatment Works, submitted by MWH Treatment and Severn Trent, won the Medium Project Award and was lauded by the judges for delivering a new, compact plant solution that will significantly improve the environmental river water quality ahead of the Asset Management Plan 2020-2025 (AMP7) obligation.
The judges also recognised the project teams innovative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which provided visual enhancement to the virtual site induction and enabled the sharing BIM images with local communities, increasing engagement and enhancing the customer experience. This scheme was also highly commended in the Innovation Award category.
Judges’ Award – Burton-upon-Trent’s Flood Risk Management Scheme
Due to the quality of entries, the judges awarded an additional award at their discretion. The Judges’ Award was given to Burton-upon-Trent’s Flood Risk Management Scheme (Phase 2), which was designed to mitigate the potential for flooding in key areas of the town.
The scheme, submitted by Environment Agency, AECOM, Arcadis, Galliford Try Black and Veatch Joint Venture, Turner & Townsend and Binnies, has increased the level of flood protection to over 5,500 residential and commercial properties, and now provides Burton-on-Trent with a consistent level of protection with the defences designed to last 100 years.
In choosing this project, the judges recognised that this project showcases what civil engineering is all about – creating a legacy – and this legacy will make visible change to people’s lives.
The annual awards ceremony also celebrates the success of many individual civil engineers in the region.
The Bob Dunn Award, given to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of civil engineering in the region, was bestowed on Cameron Lindsay. Cameron has been involved with ICE West Midlands for many years promoting civil engineering in the region as the Treasurer and an ICE Reviewer.
Rhiannon Evans, Technician from AECOM, was named as Young Achiever of the Year. An active ICE volunteer in the region, Rhiannon was last year also named as one of the 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering with a focus for sustainability by the Women in Engineering Society.
The Technician of the Year Award recognises those studying for, or working towards, civil engineering technician status. Nominations are received from colleges and universities in the region and this year’s winners were Kaeden Bunting (Solihull College) and Joel Brown (University of Wolverhampton).