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Lee Tunnel triumphs at the Fleming Award

Multidisciplinary presentations on the construction challenges of building shaft F on Thames Water’s Lee Tunnel in London helped the project secure the 2013 Fleming Award last night.

Aecom’s Richard Sutherden, Bachy Soletanche’s Matthew Bellhouse and University of Cambridge’s Robert Mair presented the design, construction and instrumentation elements of work on London’s deepest shaft in front of a panel of judges and audience at the ICE in London.

The judging panel, which included Cementation Skanska managing director Martin Pedley and British Geotechnical Association honorary secretary Neil Smith, said that the Lee Tunnel team clearly demonstrated collaborative working. “All the projects presented at this final have overcome some fantastic geotechnical challenges and all the submissions received were of very high quality,” said the judging panel. “The Lee Tunnel stood out because of the technical analysis and the boundaries that were pushed to deliver the work.”

Other projects presented at the final were construction of the Romanian sloped abutment for the Danube 2 Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria and Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road western ticket hall.

The annual event is organised by Cementation Skanska to commemorate the life of Ken Fleming.

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