Teams from Arup and Highways England competed in a mock public enquiry attended by the concerned residents of Springfield, who were worried about the disruptions associated with the closure of a level crossing and its replacement with an over-bridge.
The winning team, aptly named Ove Bridge, presented the scheme and consultation strategy which included details such as the phased construction sequence, strategies for suitable road diversions and methods of construction that were considerate to both the general public and the environment.
The judges praised the winners on the content and confident delivery of the presentation, as well as the delicate nature in which some of the more sensitive issues such as compulsory purchases were dealt with. The judges also praised the team's methods for handling difficult questions during the open forum and the professional manner in which they dealt with all the concerned members of the public.
The team's next challenge is to win the semi-final which gives them a chance to compete in the national final on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at ICE's headquarters in London.