FOUR CONTENDERS have been shortlisted for the prestigious NCE Civils Award, it was revealed this week.
Judges CIRIA commercial director Judy Payne, MacRobert award winner and Buro Happold engineer Ian Liddell, and NCE technical editor Dave Parker this week announced they have whittled the entries down to four. A winner will be announced at the Civils Gala Dinner on the show's opening night.
Vying for the prize are:
an innovative carbon fibre bridge strengthening technique pioneered by consultant Maunsell and applied to the cast iron Tickford Bridge
a new method of pile breaking developed by specialist contractor Elliott in which excess pile length is fractured using a hydraulic hammer inserted via a bored hole in the pile itself
a quiet pile hammering technique developed by contractor Roger Bullivant, described by Payne as having 'sustainability benefits, because the reduction in emitted noise makes a cheap and effective method of piling more socially acceptable and hence extends its use'.
Supplier Force Rock's new mortar-based galvanic protection system Render Rock extends the life of patch repairs to concrete structures without calling for full cathodic protection.
Payne said the calibre of other entries was high, representing 'excellent engineering'. It had been difficult, she said, 'to distinguish good engineering design from innovation'.
Other entries she and Liddell singled out for particular praise were: construction of the Barracks Link Road by Jackson Civil Engineering; specialist supplier Spectra Precision's global information system-based grading and levelling system for earth moving plant, Spectra Blade Pro; consultant WSP's Canning Town bus station and London Underground's new Jubilee Line extension Westminster.
They were all examples of outstanding design, added Payne, but were beaten on innovation.