BALFOUR BEATTY'S long lasting, low maintenance, embedded rail system at Crewe won the ICE East Midlands Merit Award earlier this month, beating a foundation system, water treatment works and a road improvement project.
The winning project used a new track system which incorporates a rail embedded in a concrete base. The system differs from conventional slabtrack track systems because it is continuously supported by a vibration-absorbing polymer and concrete.
Rails on the 160m stretch of track at Crewe were installed to tolerances of 1mm horizontally and vertically.
The use of embedded slabtrack, as it is known, is claimed to be a UK first on a passenger and freight line and has since been approved by Network Rail for use elsewhere in the country.
Judges for the awards also highly commended the use of Glen Parva precast foundations for a housing project on a brownfield site. The solution provided significant cost savings thanks to quick and simple construction.
Bamford water treatment works was also highly commended for supplying 135Ml/ day while carrying out improvement work, such as replacing 28 existing filters.
Highways Agency improvements on the A46 between Newark and Lincoln were highly commended for being completed with minimum disruption to traffic. Around 13km of road was dualled four months ahead of programme.
Awards in full Winner Embedded slabtrack installation at Crewe Client: Network Rail Consultant: Balfour Beatty Rail projects Contractor: Balfour Beatty Highly Commended A46 Newark to Lincoln Improvements Client: Highways Agency Consultant: Scott Wilson Contractor: McAlpine Capital projects Bamford Water Treatment Works Client: Severn Trent Water Consultant: Pick Everard Contractor: Norwest Holst Glen Parva Smartfoot modular foundations Client: Bovis Homes Consultant: Joynes Pike & Associates Contractor: Smith Construction Commended lStent Foundations casting facility; Stent Foundations lPembrokeshire coastal defence survey database; Pembrokeshire County Council lLake restoration; English Nature and Environment Agency