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Balfour Beatty named Network Rail's Supplier of the Year

Balfour Beatty was named Network Rail’s supplier of the year at the rail operator’s first annual Partnership Awards ceremony last night.

Balfour Beatty also picked up the safety award for its work carried out 120m above the Firth of Forth while refurbishing the Forth rail bridge.

Carillion picked up the prize for best project for its scheme to construct a third platform at Manchester airport without disruption to the live railway, customers and the airport itself.

Birse Rail won in the environmental sustainability category for emergency embankment stabilisation at Stoke Gifford using recycled ballast that had to be delivered to a site in the heart of a residential district.

“All our shortlisted entrants should feel proud to have made it through an impressive pool of entries.”

Iain Coucher, Network Rail

Comedian Jimmy Carr, the host for the night, was impressed, particularly with the big strong lads that Birse sent up to get the award, who Carr felt would have been able to carry all the ballast themselves.

Community engagement award went to the Severnside Community Rail Partnership and First Great Western; good lineside neighbour winner was Volkerfitzpatrick; and May Gurney won the heritage award for strengthening and refurbishment of Newcastle’s High Level Bridge.

IT award went to AMT-Sybex for changing the infrastructure maintenance systems, FLI Structures won the innovation award for rapid deployment grillages for the railway communications project, Benchmark Training won the investing in people award and team contribution winner was Westinghouse Rail Systems, Morgan Est and Colas Rail for their work at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

Making a real difference

Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher said: “Selecting the winners was tough and all our shortlisted entrants should feel proud to have made it through an impressive pool of entries.

“Our finalists have made a real difference to Network Rail and the millons of people who travel by rail every day.”

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