Three very different projects demonstrating excellence in the practical application of geotechnics, teamwork, expertise and innovation, were shortlisted for this Annual ICE Prestige Award, sponsored by Cementation Skanska in honour of the late Dr Ken Fleming, on 9th December 2015:
- Deep Basement for Exhibition Road Building, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, led by Arup, Wates Construction and others.
- Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Remediation Project, Hatfield, Hertfordshire: presented by BAM Ritchies, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the Residents' Action Group.
- Deep Basement for British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, London, delivered by Ramboll, J P Carey and others.
Clearly all the presentations had been carefully prepared with great attention to detail and, though some were strong on the technical aspect, others scored highly in other criteria. While the Judges deliberated, Duncan Nicholson of Arup gave a keynote lecture on "Developments in the Observational Method for Retaining Walls".
The winning project, "Chantry Lane Chalk Mines", was a popular choice with the large audience. Pam Kettle, Director (Finance and Operations) at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, set out the background to the project, Richard Garland, Regional Manager, BAM Ritchies, outlined how it was achieved, and John Hawkins, Chairman of the Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Action Group explained its impact on the Residents and how a common goal resulted in a successful outcome for all.
Cameron Foley, Managing Director of Cementation Skanska, presented a cheque for £1000 to be shared amongst the winners; BAM Ritchies have donated their portion towards replanting work in Chantry Dell, which was used as a site compound during the project, giving something back to the residents for their patience and co-operation during the works.
Certificates recording participation in the final were given to all presenters and Cementation Skanska kindly hosted a post-event drinks reception in the festively decorated Main Library at One Great George Street, complete with its inaugural Christmas Exhibition designed to inspire future generations of civil engineers, through toys, competitions, and festive cheer.
An extremely satisfying event to round off the BGA year.