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Small Civil Engineering projects


The winners of the 2004 British Construction Industry Awards will be revealed on 28 October at a grand gala dinner in London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Over the next six weeks the 35 shortlisted projects across the six main categories will be explained ahead of a special NCE supplement to celebrate the winners on the night.

This week we start with Small Civil Engineering Project Award shortlist - projects of value up to £3M. This is a new award for 2004 and attracted 25 entries of which the judges shoertlisted six schemes. Five of these were also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building, recognising projects of any size commissioned by or on behalf of central or local government or by a grant-aided organisation.

A6116 Rockingham Road, Corby Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award A long term contract between the Northamptonshire County Council and its maintenance contractor has removed traditional barriers to innovation.

With a client who does not hide behind a rigid, recipe specification it has been possible to exploit cold mix recycling using foamed bitumen and achieve 100% recycling of the road substructure. Recycled material such as road planings is incorporated in the carefully engineered structure of a very heavily trafficked main road.

Client: Northamptonshire County Council Cost: £250,000 Principal designer and contractor: Atkins Northamptonshire Highways Other firms: Colas, Roadstone Recycling, Hanson Aggregates Moy Viaduct, Invernesshire Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award.

Moy Viaduct is the last timber railway bridge structure in Scotland. It was built in 1873 using softwood rather than masonry - surprisingly in an area with plenty of stone. Severe rot became a problem. After considering many unsatisfactory options, Network Rail settled on a scheme proposed by Arup and Carillion in which a pile and reinforced concrete supported steel structure was grafted into the viaduct deck with minimum loss of original timber.

Client: Network Rail Cost: £3M Principal designer: Arup Scotland Contractor: Carillion Rail Other firms: Faber Maunsell, Highland Regional Council, Historic Scotland Newton's Cove Coast Protection Scheme, Weymouth Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award The old sea wall at Newton's Cove had been smashed to pieces by waves.

Since there are many new and old buildings close behind the soft and erodible cliff a hard defence was required. The challenge was to create a very tough 'corniche' promenade which would resist the sea, form an attractive public access to the shore and build it without destroying the natural capstone exposures which form much of the beach.

Client: Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Cost: £1.95M Principal designer: Lewin, Fryer & Partners (Black & Veatch) Architect: Enplan Landscape Architects Contractor: Dean & Dyball Construction Other firms: Keller Ground Engineering, Easton Masonry, Hanson Premix Concrete Past Masters, Three Aqueducts, Wooton Wawen, Warwickshire.

Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award Edstone, Wooton Wawen and Yarningale are three very fine and simple cast iron trough canal aqueducts dating from the early 19th Century which fell into disrepair after the last boats passed in the 1920s. Under National Trust ownership they were saved from a dereliction order before the canal reopened in 1962. In 1988 British Waterways took control and the latest repairs have put them back in a pristine state and remedied some less careful work from the past.

Client: British Waterways Central Shires Cost: £1.2M Principal designer: British Waterways Contractor: AWG Construction Services Red Funnel Harbour Extensions, Southampton and Cowes Red Funnel's three Isle of Wight ferries have been enlarged to carry more cars by slicing them in half, adding 10m to the hull and building a second car deck on top. To cope with these bigger boats the dedicated terminals at Southampton and Cowes had to be altered to match. Some ingenious civil engineering added new high level link spans to the existing ramps without interrupting the ferry services.

Client: Red Funnel Group Cost: £1.412M Principal designer: Royal Haskoning Contractor: Dean & Dyball Construction Other firms: Taylor & Sons, Bosch Rexroth Whittle Arch & Glass Bridge, Coventry Also finalist for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award Coventry's idea to regenerate its dreary post-blitz city centre includes a spectacular twin arch and an elevated walkway decorated in various shades of blue glass. The arches are formed from tubular trusses clad in a pervious steel membrane to form a lozenge-shaped cross section. A very rigid, and effectively damped, large diameter steel tube forms the spine of the elevated walkway which curls up and over the old city wall.

Client: Coventry City Council Cost: £1M Principal designer: Whitbybird Architect: McCormac Jamieson Pritchard Contractor: Butterley Construction Other firms: Rowecord Engineering (bridge contractor), Westbury Structures (arch contractor)

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