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Spanish contractors lead winners at Tunnelling Awards

Bank station upgrade

Spanish contractors may have missed out on High Speed 2 works, however they led the way among the award winners at this year’s Tunnelling Awards.

Dragados won the award for Innovation in Technical Product or Equipment for using Orion’s noise monitoring technology on the Bank Station upgrade. While Ferrovial won three awards including Alejandro Vazquez named the Young Tunneller of the Year. 

Last month, Spain’s transport minister Pedro Saura confirmed that Spanish contractors are currently involved in over 100 projects in the UK, adding that the UK remains a “top priority market” despite Brexit.

Bagging the gong for Innovation in Instrumentation & Monitoring, Sixense was awarded for its use of interferometric synthetic aperture radar, and InSAR satellite monitoring on Crossrail.

In total, 14 awards were up for grabs with the judges commending the extremely high level of entrants. Eight the awards were live judged as part of the Tunnelling Festival. 

The awards brought the curtain down on the Tunnelling Festival, which featured speakers from Tideway, Highways England and High Speed 2 among others.

Winners in full:

CategoryCompanyProject title
Community Engagement Award Severn Trent Water Newark Customers and Communities First Initiative
Innovation in Instrumentation & Monitoring Award (Delivery Team) Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Geocisa UK, Dragados and Transport for London Innovative Monitoring of Tunnelling-Induced Displacements and Strains, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade
Innovation in Instrumentation & Monitoring Award (Product Specialist) SIXENSE Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, Crossrail Satellite InSAR monitoring
Innovation in Maintenance & Renewal Award Atas / Arup Ventilation Operation Optimisation, Eurasia Tunnel
Innovation in Technical Product or Equipment Award Dragados The Orion, Bank Station Capacity Upgrade
Outstanding Contribution to the Industry London Bridge Associates Dave Harold
Underground Space Project of the Year Avenue2 A2 Maastricht
Young Tunneller of the Year Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke JV Alejandro Vazquez
Innovation in Design & Delivery  Dragages Bouygues  Tuen Mun to Chek Lap Kok Link
Tunnelling Team of the Year  Bouygues   MTR 1128 team
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year  Ferrovial Laing O’Rourke  Northern line extension
Tunnelling Project of the Year (Under $100M  Joseph Gallagher  Nine Elms cable tunnel
Tunnelling Project of the Year ($100M to $1bn)  Ferrovial Laing O’Rourke  Northern line extension
Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $1bn)

 China Communications Construction Company

Aecom Asia 

 Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge Link

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