Lee Tunnel wins top award at London Civil Engineering Awards

The Awards Ceremony, in association with Randstad, celebrated the greatest civil engineering projects being built across the Capital.

Lee Tunnel Project teams receiving their awards from Sat Mander of Carmichael UK and Sir John Armitt.
Lee Tunnel Project teams receiving their awards from Sat Mander of Carmichael UK and Sir John Armitt.

Held on Thursday 26th May, the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards brought together engineers from across the industry to celebrate the extraordinary infrastructure projects being built in the city.

And, in a surprise announcement, two teams were declared the winners of the top award for their schemes relating to the construction of the Lee Tunnel.

The Greatest Contribution to London in association with Carmichael was won by both Mott MacDonald and MVB Consortium for their respective Flow Transfer System and the overall project entries. The client for both award entries was Thames Water.

The Award ceremony was attended by nearly 300 industry professionals
The Award ceremony was attended by nearly 300 industry professionals

The £685m Lee Tunnel is the largest infrastructure project ever awarded by Thames Water. The 6.9km long, 7.2m internal diameter, storage tunnel will reduce sewage discharges to the River Thames by 40% (16 million tonnes), a major step towards cleaning up the river. The four mile tunnel runs beneath the London Borough of Newham, from Abbey Mills Pumping Station to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works.

Completed in April 2016, the Tunnel is the largest in diameter and deepest to be built in London and has driven major industry leading innovations in design and construction. The Flow Transfer System, which received the award too, was developed from a rising main to an above ground gravity system, simplifying the construction and eliminating the need for additional pumping.

Six other projects received awards on the evening. The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2016 Winners are:

  • The Community Impact Award in association with ICE Recruit: Bridget Joyce Square, Australia Road SuDS Scheme
  • The Evening Standard People's Choice Award: Tennison Road Bridge
  • The Engineered in London Award in association with Pinsent Masons: District Hospitals Project Ghana – Dodowa Hospital
  • The Digital Engineering Award in association with Robert Bird Group: LUL Applied BIM, VDC and Digital Engineering for Baker Street Bond Street Tunnel Remediation
  • The Complex Infrastructure Award in association with Randstad: PAL 6 District and Circle Line Underpass, Victoria Station Upgrade
  • The Greatest Contribution to London Award in association with Carmichael: Thames Water Lee Tunnel Project AND the Lee Tunnel Transfer System

The project teams were presented with the award by ICE President Sir John Armitt and Alice Bhandhukravi, BBC London Reporter and Presenter. The evening also contained speeches from ICE London Chair Roland Grzybek and MP for Kensington, Victoria Borwick, who spoke about the importance of infrastructure to London.

Alice Bhandhukravi, BBC London Reporter and Presenter presented the ceremony
Alice Bhandhukravi, BBC London Reporter and Presenter presented the ceremony
Victoria Borwick MP spoke about the importance of infrastructure to London
Victoria Borwick MP spoke about the importance of infrastructure to London
 

The awards are the premier showcase for engineering achievement in London and are attended by more than 300 senior figures from London's built environment and construction sector. Nine infrastructure and building projects were shortlisted for the annual awards, delivered in association with Randstad.

Speaking on the importance of civil engineering, Sadiq Khan Mayor of London said:

"London has grown bigger than ever, placing immense pressure on our infrastructure. A significant challenge rests with our civil engineers to ensure London's infrastructure is fit for the future – green, efficient and leveraging best practice; not only in terms of design and materials, but also procurement, skills and community engagement. I look forward to working with the Institution of Civil Engineers to address London's challenges; seizing the opportunities growth provides."

Suzanne Moroney, Director of ICE London, said:

"The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards showcase the very best of what the Capital has to offer in construction and engineering. All projects shortlisted for the awards are exemplars of great civil engineering projects, whether through their use of innovative new construction methods, their use of community engagement or their commitment to sustainability and the environment. I would like to congratulate all projects on their outstanding achievement.

"The judges selected teams involved in the Lee Tunnel project as the joint winners of the Greatest Contribution to London Award – the top prize of the evening. The Lee Tunnel is the first phase of a major renewal of our sewerage system, which will see a complete transformation of the Thames. Both teams showed great collaboration, innovation and regard for health and safety to deliver the scheme on time and within budget.

"Every one of the nine shortlisted schemes are exemplars of great civil engineering, showing the quality and expertise of London's industry. I would like to congratulate all the organisations involved, particularly the six winners who have, in their own ways, contributed to the success of the Capital."

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