The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has recognised a number of projects in its 2017 Yorkshire and Humber Awards.
The A160 Port of Immingham Improvements project, which upgraded the highway network between the existing A180 and the Port of Immingham, won the Centenary Award, which is open to projects with a value of £5 million and over. The project was commissioned by Highways England, designed by Jacobs and delivered by Costain.
Immingham Port is one of the UK’s largest, handling around 10% of the country’s cargo market. The improvements aim to improve the safety of road users and local communities, reduce traffic congestion and improve journey time, as well as attracting investment to the area.
The Butterley Spillway Improvement Works near Marsden won the Smeaton Award for projects greater than £500,000 and less than £5 million. The project was commissioned by Yorkshire Water, and was designed and delivered by Mott MacDonald Bentley.
The Sir John Fowler Award for projects under £500,000 was won by the works on the Brow Wood Underbridge, between Egton and Grosmont, near Whitby. The works included ring arch separation waterproofing, brickwork repairs, vegetation removal and repointing. The project was commissioned by Network Rail, designed by OVE Arup & Partners and carried out by Balfour Beatty.
The teams behind the projects were presented with their awards by Professor Tim Broyd, the President of ICE, at a gala dinner at the National Railway Museum in York. The event was the final stop of Professor Broyd’s ‘President’s Visit’ to the region, where he visited a number of civil engineering projects in and around Hull to mark the city’s 2017 City of Culture celebrations.
ICE’s Yorkshire and Humber awards are presented annually to highlight the achievements of civil engineers in region and how these benefit the local community, economy and environment.
Professor Broyd said: “The Yorkshire and Humber Awards recognise the region’s best civil engineering projects, some high-profile and some understated, but all of huge importance to the area and its local communities. The entries this year were of a very high standard, and came from all four corners of Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. ICE works year-round to promote civil engineering as a profession and to support the thousands of members we have in the region.”
Mark Duquemin, ICE Awards Secretary for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “With an excellent safety performance, this impressive project has delivered a great improvement to access at the Port of Immingham. We were impressed by all aspects of the project, which included building the sliding of the Rosper Rail Bridge across the country’s busiest freight railway line in a three-day period. It is a worthy winner in a very tight field of excellent projects.
“The Butterley Spillway Improvement Works successfully delivered a sensitive upgrade of a listed structure making it fit for the 21st century. The judges were impressed, in particular, by the project team’s approach to health & safety, collaborative design and construction.
“The Brow Wood Underbridge works trialled an innovative injection waterproofing system, which together with other arch repairs sensitively extended the life of this structure. This was a highly cost effective project which significantly reduced the safety risks and rail disruption that could have been caused by traditional solutions.”