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Heathrow road team scoops geotechnical award

THE HEATHROW Airside Road Tunnel project team has won the 2002 Fleming Award for geotechnical teamwork, innovation and quality.

Client BAA, designer Mott MacDonald and civils contractor Laing O'Rourke received the award at a ceremony in London last month.

The other finalists were a landslide stabilisation on the A542 at Pentredwr in north Wales and remediation of the failed Aznalcóllar tailings dam in northern Spain.

Use of the observational method at the western portals of the Heathrow road tunnels, which link Terminal 3 with the western aircraft stands and will eventually serve Terminal 5, allowed props to be removed entirely from temporary works, with up to 15m of contiguous pile walls (installed by Bachy Soletanche) exposed during excavations for the TBM launch chamber and approach ramps.

Alan Powderham (Motts), Ian Williams (BAA) and Martin Daniels (Laing O'Rourke) received the £3000 prize from Cementation Foundations Skanska chairman Robin Wood at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The annual award is sponsored by Cementation in honour of its chief engineer Ken Fleming who died at the beginning of last year.

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