ENGINEERS RESPONSIBLE for the early opening of the 5km long A650 Bingley relief road have been recognised for their efforts by scooping top prize in the ICE Yorkshire 2004 awards for civil engineering excellence.
The £47.9M Highways Agency scheme was opened three months early by deputy prime minister John Prescott in January. At a stroke it removed 60% of the traffic from Bingley town centre and dramatically improved journey time reliability.
The project scooped top prize ahead of 17 other shortlisted schemes following a record entry.
ICE president Doug Oakervee announced the winners to a packed house of around 500 at the Yorkshire region annual dinner dance last week.
The project was technically challenging, featuring 26 structures including a multi-million pound bridge spanning the River Aire and a low-level bridge crossing Bingley South Bog. Environmental management played an important part in ensuring that the impact of the project on the ecosystem of the bog was minimised.
Construction of the relief road also offered Yorkshire Water the chance to reclaim the adjacent Dowley Gap sludge lagoon at minimal cost.
This 12,000m 3lagoon had become a significant liability, with the ability to pollute the River Aire. The project to restore the lagoon using geogrids to create a reinforced stone bearing layer was highly commended by ICE Yorkshire.
Three further schemes were singled out for praise: the Malton, Norton and Old Malton flood alleviation scheme; the 10km long A63 Selby Bypass; and Sheffield's Cobweb Footbridge.
The originality of the Cobweb Footbridge marked it out for high commendation. The brief called for the provision of a 3m wide cycle route over the River Don without obstructing flow and passing beneath the listed Wicker Viaduct.
The solution adopted was to suspend the bridge from an elaborate system of stainless steel cables fixed to the underside of the masonry viaduct using anchors set into cored holes.
Awards in full
Winner A650 Bingley Relief Road Client: Highways Agency Designer: Arup Contractor: Amec Agent: Babtie Highly commended A63 Selby Bypass Client: Highways Agency Designer: High-Point Rendel Contractor: Skanska Dowley Gap Sludge Lagoon Restoration Client: Yorkshire Water Designer: Mott MacDonald Bentley Contractor: JN Bentley Malton, Norton & Old Malton Flood Alleviation Scheme Client: Environment Agency Designer: Halcrow Contractor: Interserve Cobweb Footbridge, Five Weirs Walk Client: Five Weirs Walk Trust Designer: Sheffield Design & Property Contractor: Butterly Construction Commended lWashburn Valley Reservoir Safety Scheme; Yorkshire Water.
lBeaumont Road Footbridge;
Sheffield City Council.
lEmbankment Stabilisation Works at Castley; Network Rail.
lRefurbishment and mechanisation of Locomotive Bridge; British Waterways.
lWhitby Bus Station; North Yorkshire County Council.
lRedacre Wastewater Treatment Works; Yorkshire Water.
lA1033 Hedon Road Improvement, Hull; Highways Agency.
lHornsea & Mappleton UWWTD Scheme; Yorkshire Water.
lMarske Wastewater Treatment Works; Yorkshire Water.
lMyton on Swale Bridge refurbishment; North Yorkshire County Council.
lEast Pier, Castle Headland and the Holms Coastal Protection Works, Scarborough; Scarborough Borough Council.
lNorth Bridge, Doncaster;
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.