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ICE London Awards 2010: Winners

This year’s five winners are revealed.

ICE London Awards 2010: Judging Panel

  • Mark Whitby (chair), founder and previous chairman of Ramboll and past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Susan Angoy, London Development Agency board member, and urban renewal, international development and corporate social responsibility advisor
  • Ken Dalton, Aecom Europe chief executive
  • Thomas Lane an assistant editor at “Building”magazine, responsible for its technical coverage.
  • Chris Wise Structural engineer, trustee of the Design Council and founder and director of Expedition Engineering

Greatest Contribution to London award winner:

London 2012 Olympic Park Enabling Projects

London 2012 Olympic Park Enabling Projects

This project has provided the foundations for the Olympic legacy to be realised and will deliver huge environmental and infrastructure benefits far beyond 2012, both for the local and London regional areas, in the form of improved transport infrastructure, sporting facilities, mixed residential and light industrial uses, parkland and improved biodiversity. Major achievements include the construction of 25 bridges, five underpasses and over 3km of new highways, together with the revitalisation of over 3km of rivers and canals.

Judging panellist Ken Dalton said:

“The enabling works for the London 2012 Olympic Park - the largest urban park built in Europe for 150 years - are both challenging and complex. This massive regeneration project will benefit a significant proportion of Londoners and visitors to London for decades to come and demonstrates the important contribution that civil engineers make to the city.”

Location Stratford
Engineer CLM/Atkins
Client Olympic Delivery Authority
Contractor Morrison Construction Limited/Bam Nuttall
Project manager Atkins


Infrastructure award winner:

King's Cross redevelopment

King’s Cross St Pancras Underground Station Redevelopment Phase 2

Works to construct a major new ticket hall and pedestrian tunnels at one of the busiest stations on the London Underground network were completed ahead of schedule in November 2009.

With revitalised St Pancras Station now an international and high speed commuter hub and the Olympics looming in 2012 passenger numbers were set to double so something had to be done.

The project team had to find a way of threading 300m of tunnels and sinking a four storey underground structure under and around the King’s Cross train shed and listed Great Northern Hotel. Construction techniques were developed to avoid damage to surrounding listed buildings while keeping the railway in operation.
The finished ticket hall has, state-of-the-art facilities, with reduced congestion and improved accessibility.

Judging panellist Thomas Lane said:

“The rush hour crush endured by commuters as they squeezed in and out of the tube at King’s Cross Station is now a distant memory thanks to a brand new underground ticket hall and pedestrian tunnels. The result is a fine engineering achievement and valuable new addition to London’s infrastructure.”

Location King’s Cross
Engineer Arup
Client London Underground
Project management Atkins/Balfour Beatty Management
Contractor Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering/Morgan BeMo
Architect Allies & Morrison


Building award winner:

The Shard project in London Bridge

The Shard Construction Methodology

The Shard is part of the £2bn mixed use London Bridge Quarter redevelopment adjacent to London Bridge station. An innovative construction methodology aims to reduce cost, enhance the construction programme and reduce programme risk.

The principal concept was to “jump-start” the concrete core and steel structure to allow simultaneous construction above and below ground to begin simultaneously.When complete the Shard will be Europe’s tallest building and the iconic Renzo Piano design will redefine London’s skyline.

Judging panel chair Mark Whitby said:

“At 87 stories and 310m in height the Shard was never going to be an easy building to construct. But set adjacent to London Bridge station and amidst the foundations of a 20 storey tower the challenge is formidable. Celebrating these works before they are overshadowed by the building is more than justified. A ‘work in progress’ to be commended.”

Location Bankside
Construction Engineer Robert Bird Group/Byrne Brothers
Contractor Mace Group


Special award:

Thames Water Ring Main

Thames Water Ring Main

Nearly 10km of deep tunnels and four large diameter pumpout shafts will increase the Thames Water Ring Main’s capacity by 500M litres a day. These works had to provide maximum operational flexibility and not adversely affect future extensions while avoiding disruption to the surroundings and the environment. Tunnels were dug under some of the most densely populated areas of London without disruption.

Judging panellist Chris Wise said:

“At 80 km long, the Ring Main’s achievements were already breathtaking and fundamentally underpin life in this city. With these four new extensions, the water supply will be even better, giving greater certainty, greater resilience, using less energy, and extending its usefulness and sustainability. Here, there are access shafts deep enough to swallow Nelson’s Column and the skill involved in overcoming dangerous ground and subterranean water is to be commended.”

Location North and south London
Engineer Mott MacDonald
Client Thames Water
Contractor Morgan Est/Costain/Black & Veatch


Special award:

The £6M Woolwich Town Centre project

Woolwich Town Centre

The £6M Woolwich Town Centre project improves public space, public transport accessibility, provides enhanced cycling and walking facilities and is designed to reduce the fear of crime. The project was in two phases; firstly reducing town centre traffic and then creating of a two-way sustainable transport corridor.

Judging panellist Susan Angoy said:

“As one of the smallest projects entered in terms of value, Woolwich Town Centre’s urban realm improvements are an excellent example of engineers’ work within the community.
It was evident that despite the economic downturn a vibrancy had returned to the town and that the project together with the DLR link had become a catalyst for further inward investment and regeneration.”

Location Woolwich
Engineer Transport for London
Client London Borough of Greenwich
Contractor Ringway Infrastructure Services/JB Riney
Architect Witherford Watson Mann

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