Thorndell Viaduct cleans up at South East England Engineering Excellence Awards Ceremony

The Awards celebrated civil engineering projects from across the region, from Hampshire and Oxfordshire to Sussex and Kent

The team behind Thorndell Viaduct with Tiff Needell
The team behind Thorndell Viaduct with Tiff Needell

The replacement of the Thorndell Viaduct, a section of track between Pulborough and Amberley stations, claimed three engineering prizes, including the top award of the evening at the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Award Ceremony on Thursday 14th July.

Former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell hosted the awards
Former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell hosted the awards

The team behind the complex project received their awards at a glamorous reception at the Grand Brighton Hotel hosted by former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell. The project claimed the Excellence in Construction Award, the South Branch Engineering Excellence Award, for the best project in West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the South East Engineering Excellence Award, naming the project the best example of engineering in the whole South East region.

The scheme, completed in October 2015 and costing £5.5 million, involved a highly technical replacement of the viaduct which is located within a floodplain. BAM Nutall, the team behind the project, had to bring the viaduct back to full strength with a 120-year design life.

The judges praised the scheme for its rigorous health and safety procedures, the way the project team engaged with the local community, the precautions taken to preserve the environment and the use of newly adapted processes.

They said: "The winner of the South East England Engineering Excellence award has shown how significant challenges have been met in bringing the project to completion and how they have created a legacy from which future projects can benefit."

Over 300 people attended the awards ceremony
Over 300 people attended the awards ceremony

Suzanne Moroney, Director of ICE South East England said: "Thorndell Viaduct ticks all the boxes in terms of good civil engineering. The project team worked to ensure there was a strong culture of health and safety on site, with not a single reported injury during construction. They worked closely with the local community and they sought at every opportunity to maintain and improve the local environment."

"At the awards ceremony, the team rightfully cleaned up, winning three in total. An incredible achievement and the project team should be very proud of themselves".

The ICE South East England Engineering Awards celebrate the very best civil engineering in the region. At the awards ceremony, ICE President and National Infrastructure Commissioner Sir John Armitt presented the awards to recipients and gave a key note speech on the importance of infrastructure investment in the region.

All shortlisted projects can be found in the Awards Booklet.

Award Winners:

  • Young Professional of the Year: Katherine Jackson
  • ICE Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Orchard
  • Best Infrastructure Project in association with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP: Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme
  • Urbanisation Award in association with Bechtel: Wokingham Rail Station and Link Road Re-Development
  • Best Use of Civil Engineering in a Building Project in association with Crest Nicholson: Blavatnik School of Government
  • Excellence in Construction Award in association with Colas Rail Limited: Thorndell Viaduct
  • Engineered in South East England in partnership with ICE Recruit: District Hospitals Ghana - Dodowa Hospital
  • Brassey Award (Kent and East Sussex) for Engineering Excellence in association with Berryrange: Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme
  • Thames Valley Award for Engineering Excellence in partnership with ICE Benevolent Fund: District Hospitals Ghana - Dodowa Hospital
  • South Award for Engineering Excellence in association with Trant: Thorndell Viaduct
  • South East England Engineering Excellence Award: Thorndell Viaduct

ICE South East England would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers and staff who made the Awards possible.

Interested in working with us to celebrate the best of civil engineering in the South East of England? Contact Vilma Marques at vilma.marques@ice.org.uk for more information.

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