LAING O'ROURKE project engineer Andrew Lewer has been awarded the James Rennie Medal for his work on the Manchester Free Trade Hall refurbishment.
The medal is given to an engineer under the age of 35 who has demonstrated exceptional qualities in the use of engineering principles and construction knowledge in the design or construction of temporary or permanent works.
Tight site constraints on the city centre project meant that construction methods requiring little or no storage facilities had to be employed.
Jumpform techniques were used for the concrete cores and reusable steel shuttering elsewhere. This put particular pressure on site activities, as the shuttering had to be reused every day.
'To keep up with the programme cycle, we were striking the concrete every 14 hours, ' said Lewer.
Other award finalists were Justin Agnés, Jamie Gray and Claire Laity.