Three of London Underground’s upgrade projects have scooped the top award at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2014, in association with Topcon.
The Baker Street to Bond Street Tunnel Remediation, London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail’s Track Partnership and the Victoria Line Upgrade were announced as shared winners of the GreatestContribution to London award at a ceremony hosted by BBC London presenter Alice Bhandhukravi.
The Greatest Contribution award - the highest accolade - is given to the project that most beneficially impacts Londoners and visitors to London, and which best showcases the vital contribution that civil engineers make to the life of the city. London mayor Boris Johnson said he was delighted with the news: “This is recognition of a body that has been operating solidly for 151 years, and has pulled off triumphant success in the recent upgrades.
“I am absolutely thrilled that ICE London is recognising the fantastic work by London Underground, a body that gives us, in my view, the best metro system anywhere in the world.”
The judging panel added: “These projects by London Underground and their partners - all happening unseen by the travelling public - are quite remarkable and a true demonstration of teamwork, dedication and continuous improvement - these teams are the unsung heroes of the Underground, keeping our capital moving.
“Whether by making the Victoria Line cooler, tracks safer, or replacing rotten tunnel linings, the commitment to safety, cost and making London’s tube a more reliable and better place is truly inspiring. London
Underground and their consultants, contractors and wider supply chain are to be congratulated for a huge contribution to London.”
Elsewhere, Crossrail scooped the prestigious Infrastructure award and People’s Choice award, while Atkins was awarded the Community award for its work on the A244 Walton Bridge. Aecom won the Designed inLondon award for the Halley VI project. These annual awards celebrate outstanding engineering achievement by companies, organisations and individuals .
For more information about the event visit www.ice.org.uk/londonawards
The other winners
Walton Bridge received the Community award
The new Walton Bridge provides a vital link between Walton and Shepperton and is used by over 35,000 vehicles, 200 pedestrians and 400 cyclists per day.
Officially opened in July 2013, the new structure replaces two ageing temporary bridges and provides the area with a modern iconic landmark.
The judging panel said: “This is a great example of engineering giving real value to the community and was delivered by a fully integrated project team with full and genuine community engagement from inception to completion.
“The bridge is a vast improvement on its predecessor with the added benefit of dedicated space for cyclists and pedestrians and wider enhancement of other local amenities.”
Halley VI, the British Antarctic Survey’s most southerly station, located on a floating ice shelf, received the Designed in London award
This recognises work conducted by London’s civil engineers nationally and globally. Science station Halley VI, designed by Aecom iwith Hugh Broughton Architects, marks a new dawn in polar architecture and engineering. Providing a state of the art home from home for the study of critical earth science, it is one of the most challenging, technically complex buildings ever delivered in the harshest climate on earth.
The judges said: “Imagined, conceived, designed and turned into reality by a London-based team, Halley VI is the epitome of this spirit. It is hard to think of a place that is so awe-inspiring and yet so difficult to work in. The Halley VI team has produced a science facility second to none.”
Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project, took home the London Infrastructure award and the ICE and the People’s Choice award, which saw over 3,600 Londoners cast their vote for their favourite civil engineering project in the capital.
The London Infrastructure award recognises civil engineering excellence in the design and construction of projects.
The judging panel, including London deputy mayor Victoria Borwick, said: “The tight logistics and substructure technology of delivering a station in central London - typified by Bond Street Station, sinking a complete mainline station into West India Dock at Canary Wharf and the preservation and utilisation of Victorian railway assets refurbishing and remanufacturing the Connaught Tunnel - fully embraced and demonstrated the Crossrail programme values.”