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Top engineering projects recognised at Yorkshire and Humber awards

09 March 2020

BBC TV presenter Marty Jopson handed out awards for civil engineering projects across Yorkshire and Humber.

Top engineering projects recognised at Yorkshire and Humber awards

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 Mott MacDonald, Balfour Beatty and Yorhub.

BBC TV presenter Marty Jopson presented the awards to the teams involved alongside ICE Yorkshire and Humber Chair Anneke Kellond Hallsworth.

The three awards were presented for the following projects:

Centenary Award Winner

The Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme delivered Royal HaskoningDHV, Balfour Beatty, TMS and Addison Plant Ltd on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council was the Centenary Award winner at the ceremony, which recognises engineering excellence in Yorkshire and Humber infrastructure projects. The category was eligible to projects with a total cost in excess of £5 million.

The £6.76m refurbishment of Whitby’s famous East and West Piers improved the condition of the Grade II listed structures including stabilising sandstone facing blocks of the piers, filling voids and repairing the top surface to prevent damage from water ingress during wave overtopping. A flood wall at Battery Parade will now lessen the impact of the waves, protecting five commercial properties.

The judging panel said: “This repair of two 200-year-old structures used 21st century laser scanning to record every block and every defect in the two piers. The critical works were delivered in a tough coastal environment while being sympathetic to the constraints of working at the heart of a busy tourist destination.”

Smeaton Award Winner

Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1, delivered by Pell Frischmann and Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, was the Smeaton Award category winner. The category was eligible to projects with a total cost between £500,000 and £5 million.

In 2007 more than 14,000 properties were affected by flooding in Kingston-Upon-Hull. In order to reduce future flooding, the COPFAS storm-water attenuation project was proposed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, protecting the areas of Cottingham and Orchard Park.

Built in two phases, the first phase consists of a flood water collection system and was designed and constructed over three years from 2016 to 2019.

Comments from the judging panel included: “Most flood alleviation schemes provide measures on the line of a watercourse. This project impressed with the modelling and innovation deployed in linking several streams which contributed to the dreadful flooding of Hull in 2007 to convey excess water under a railway and main road to a single new storm water attenuation area.”

Sir John Fowler Award Winner

The HS2 Impact Assessment, delivered by Stantec on behalf of Yorkshire Water, was the Sir John Fowler Award winner at the awards. The category was eligible to projects which had undertaken research or a feasibility study in the region.

High Speed 2 will be the UK’s new £56 billion high speed railway. As Yorkshire Water’s Strategic Planning Partner, Stantec were tasked with assessing, analysing and developing mitigation solutions to all 400 impacts for inclusion into HS2’s Hybrid Bill submission to Parliament. The output of this Impact Assessment was an outline mitigation solution, a working area plot and a budget estimate for each asset.

Comments from the judging panel included: “When you hear that HS2 proposals will impact on 400 Yorkshire Water assets, from small supply pipes to a massive Victorian sewer under the proposed Leeds Station, you start to appreciate the immensity of coordinating a project of such magnitude.

“This thorough study, completed under tight time constraints, combined multiple data sets to evaluate and mitigate the risk to our county's water assets.”

Regional Education Award Winners

  • STEM Ambassador Award winner – Andy Magee
  • Special Recognition Awards winner – Matthew Brayfield
  • Company Award winner – Jacobs

Other schemes nominated for an award were given a Certificate of Excellence or Commendation:

Certificates of Excellence:

  • Mercia School, Sheffield (Sheffield City Council, Mott MacDonald, Bond Bryan, BAM Construction)
  • Humber Bridge Hanger Replacement and Testing (Humber Bridge Board, Atkins, The Spencer Group, COWI)
  • Scarborough Bridge, York (City of York Council, Network Rail and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, AECOM, AmcoGiffen)
  • Wakefield Road Realignment Project (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Hinko Construction Ltd)

Certificates of Commendation:

  • Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme (North Lincolnshire Council, Mott MacDonald, VBA Joint Venture Ltd)
  • What challenges have the 2016 UK Government’s BIM mandate brought to AEC SMEs? (Leeds Beckett University, YORhub, thinkBIM)
  • Damflask Reservoir – North Scour Pipe Upgrade (Yorkshire Water, Mott MacDonald, JN Bentley)
  • River Aire Bridge Refurbishment (Network Rail, AmcoGifften)
  • Victoria Clough Culvert (Environment Agency, JBA Bentley)
  • Tegan Chapman, Marketing Communications Executive