BBC Look North’s Harry Gration handed out awards for projects that ranged from multi-million pound projects to smaller, highly valued local schemes.
Three schemes out of a shortlist of 14 have been awarded for their excellence in civil engineering at the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards.
The annual ceremony took place at Sheffield City Hall and was sponsored by GHD and Royal HaskoningDHV.
BBC Look North’s Harry Gration presented the awards to the winning teams alongside ICE Yorkshire and Humber Chair Mark Calvert.
The three awards were presented to the following projects:
Centenary Award Winner
The Hornsea Onshore Substation (HOW01), delivered by Ørsted Energy, WSP and Balfour Beatty, was the Centenary Award winner at the ceremony, which recognises engineering excellence in Yorkshire and Humber infrastructure projects.
The category was open to projects with a total cost of more than £5 million.
When operational in 2022, the wind farm will supply clean electricity to over 1.3 million homes, and surpass its sister project Hornsea Project One, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The new onshore substation facility will transform the power produced by Hornsea roject Two wind farm before connecting to the National Grid. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will deliver the mechanical and electrical services for the new state-of-the-art facility.
The offshore element is located off the Yorkshire coast and spans an area of around 407 square miles, constructing 174 turbines.
The judging panel praised the client and contractor’s shared vision to see a world that runs entirely on green energy.
Mark Calvert, Regional Chair and member of the judging panel, said: “It's no surprise that this substation enables connection to the grid for the Hornsea off-shore wind farm which will produce sufficient energy for one million homes.
“While the civils design was not complex, what made this project stand out was excellence in approach and results on sustainability, health and safety, collaboration and delivery.
“This was exemplified in many ways not least by use of a federated BIM model which was used at every stage (including transfer to the end user) and generated superior levels of design detail and accurate first-time delivery. Even the excavated clay was reused by another contractor working on the nearby A180.”
Smeaton Award winner
Knostrop Footbridge, delivered by Mott MacDonald and Bam Nuttall on behalf of Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, was the Smeaton Award category winner.
The category was open to projects with a total cost between £500,000 and £5 million.
The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency aims to provided Leeds city centre - and over 3,000 homes and 500 businesses - with protection against flood events from the River Aire, while enabling key regeneration opportunities in the South Bank area.
The 70m Knostrop Footbridge consists of a four-span, externally painted weathering steel curved soffit box girder. With a thickness of only 50mm, the piers virtually disappear when viewed end on, giving the bridge a floating appearance and creating a striking gateway to the city of Leeds.
The superstructure width varies throughout its length, using a graceful plan curvature to create viewing areas above the piers.
Comments from the judging panel included: “The piers supporting this heavily used and striking gateway footbridge on the Trans Pennine Trail are a slender 50mm wide at the base and supported on the walls of the new weir that it passes over.
“Every detail has been carefully considered for ease of installation over the waterway with maintenance and durability being key considerations.”
Mark Calvert, Regional Chair, added: “Flooding in this country can present one of the biggest challenges for civil engineers, and this project was no exception.
“The project impressed the judges in every aspect of its concept, design and delivery and demonstrated how good engineering is enhanced by use of BIM and early contractor involvement.”
Sir John Fowler Award winner
The Strategic Drainage Management Plan (SDMP) Pilots, delivered by Stantec on behalf of Yorkshire Water, was the Sir John Fowler Award winner at the awards.
The category was open to projects which had undertaken research or a feasibility study in the region.
The SDMP Pilots have provided the foundation for Yorkshire Water to enhance drainage planning and engagement across Yorkshire Water's region in the next investment period 2020-2025 and beyond.
The pilot identified the needs of multiple stakeholders and developed catchment solutions, to create multiple benefits.
While developing an underpinning framework/guidance for the drainage management plans, it created routines to provide insight across the whole of the region.
Comments from the judging panel included: “This study is an excellent example of the very practical benefits of the use of "big data" to model the impacts of criteria such as changes in population, development and climate on drainage capacity.
“The resulting analytical routines geographically demonstrate the answers to those "what if" questions which will enable future work programmes to be planned and managed systematically at a regional level rather than on a project by project basis.
“The study included pilots, with Sheffield Council providing data and engaging in the process with a particular interest in mapping where SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) solutions could contribute to future capacity issues.
“The results are already generating interest from the regulator and other water companies and have the potential to be a game changer in the way our water drainage assets are developed and managed.”
Regional Education Award Winners
- Ambassador Award winner – Nik Vardakastanis GMICE
- Special Recognition Awards winner – Josie Rothera CEng MICE FHEA
- Company Award winner – AECOM
Other schemes nominated for an award were given a Certificate of Excellence or Commendation.
Certificates of Excellence:
- Standedge Tunnel End Aqueduct Reconstruction, Huddersfield (Network Rail, TSP Projects, AmcoGiffen)
- Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Scheme (Scarborough Borough Council, JBA Consulting, Esh Construction Ltd, Royal HaskoningDHV, Environment Agency, Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Trust, Yorkshire Water)
- Boeing Sheffield (Mott MacDonald, J F Finnegan LTD)
- MRIHCT (children’s hybrid cardiac theatre and intra-operative MRI) (Mott MacDonald, BAM, NHS)
- Brough Relief Road Phase 2 (East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Pell Frischmann, CR Reynolds)
- Attlee Drive, Goole Sewer Flooding Alleviation (Yorkshire Water, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), The Joseph Gallagher Group)
Certificates of Commendation:
- Performance of Rice Husk Ash Concrete in Sulfate Solutions (Leeds Beckett University)
- Market Street, Mexborough (Yorkshire Water, GHD, Barhale)
- Wakefield Kirkgate Highways Flood Storage System (Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Hinko Construction)
- Bolton upon Dearne Wastewater Treatment Works (Galliford Try, Yorkshire Water, GHD)
- Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan Phase 2 (East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Amey, PBS Construction Ltd, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership)