UNDERGROUND WORK at a historic location was brought into the spotlight at the ICE's East Midlands regional awards.
Skanska's project at Keadby Lock in Lincolnshire used 21st century techniques to stabilise the 18th century canal site and scooped the region's annual Merit Award.
Complex geotechnical work was needed at depths reaching 17m below ground, but awards organiser Adrian Coy was particularly impressed that no trace of the £1.1M project remains visible to visitors.
He said: 'One of the problems we face as engineers is that we often bury our best work.
'If you went along to Keadby you wouldn't see any sign of the work whatsoever, but the canal has been stabilised for future generations. The job was picked for its innovation, the fact that it was done very sensitively and that it was a fairly complex solution.' Two other projects were highly commended at the gala dinner in Nottingham last month: a bridge over the River Tyne in Scotland designed by Scott Wilson and an Environment Agency flood defence scheme on the River Witham between Lincoln and Boston. This project incorporated an embankment built of 1.2M compressed tyres - representing 26% of the total number disposed at landfi ll sites in 2002 across England and Wales.