Somerset County Council (SCC) and its contractor Crestmoor Construction beat off stiff competition last night to secure the 2012 Fleming Award for its emergency repair work on Bridgwater’s West Quay, which collapsed in November last year.
The winners were competing against presentations by Peter Brett Associates and Forkers on the Phase 3 stabilisation of chalk mines at Field Road in Reading and by Coffey Geotechnics and WLM Consulting on stabilisation and reuse of an old retaining wall structure for a new college development in Hudderfield.
The judges, at the event organised by Cementation Skanska to celebrate the life of Ken Fleming, said that the Bridgewater team had presented its successful work on a challenging project that was carried out under full public scrutiny. According to the judges, SCC and Crestmore had demonstrated a high level of team work in delivering a flexible design based on the observational method.
During his presentation, SCC structures manager Peter Radford charted the challenges facing the team from the unexpected collapse and temporary stabilisation to the design solutions considered and the flexibility needed in the final design. Work on phase 1 has now been completed and phase 2 is expected to be completed by the end of January.