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Fast track viaduct wins West Midlands prize

ICE news

TWO HALCROW designed projects caught the judges' eye at the ICE West Midlands Awards this week.

The £3.5M Upton upon Severn viaduct took top prize in both construction and overall construction categories.

And a bridge replacement scheme in Herefordshire was runner up in the construction section.

The Upton viaduct project team included Norwest Holst, Laser Civil Engineering and Raynesway Construction Southern, working for client Worcestershire County Council.

Fast tracking the scheme to 12 months, the team had to set up a two way diversion route taking traffi c through a caravan park to reduce delays.

Design was carried out at the same time and use of precast and preformed components further reduced the construction period for the 170m viaduct.

Delays were reduced by keeping to the same width and alignment as the original 1939 structure, which was judged to be beyond economic repair.

Judging panel chair and former ICE West Midlands chairman Mike Mann said: 'The project was an outstanding example of a neat solution to a very real problem.

'We were impressed with all aspects of the project, including the design and well planned construction phase that allowed such a speedy delivery.

'All of the team can be rightly proud of their efforts and I'm sure the client and road users were delighted too.' ther winners included Nuneaton's Eliot Park Innovation Centre which came top in the sustainability class.

Built on a former landfill site, the energy effi cient centre now offers space for 50 companies.

BJB Engineering was involved on the Warwickshire County Council and Advantage West Midlands funded scheme.

Owen Williams, Bullen Consultants and Carillion combined to pick up the award for sustainability innovation.

An embankment at Nuneaton Station - part of the West Coast Main Line upgrade - used blocks of high density expanded polystyrene, adding minimal load to the bridge and averting damaging works to the river below.

Also at the ceremony, the Atkins team collected their prize for winning the NCE Communications Competition.

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