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United Utilities takes the top prize at the 2014 GE awards

Emergency works to stabilise a slope failure that threatened a water works access road in Lancashire that saved £1M on the initial cost estimations secured United Utilities the Editor’s Award at the 2014 GE Awards.

More than 500 people attended the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London yesterday to hear the winners in what GE editor Claire Smith described as “the toughest year yet in which to win an award”.

“The quantity and quality of entries this year has been outstanding and the judges had a difficult job deciding on the winners,” said Smith. “There were some entries that didn’t make even the shortlist this year that would have been contenders for the top position in other years.”

According to Smith, the standard of entries is testament to the recovery the industry has seen in the last 12 to 18 months.

In announcing the winner of the Editor’s Award, Smith said that United Utilities had worked with ESG, Atlantic Geomatics and Eric Wright Civil Engineering to deliver a scheme using solid geotechnical principles. “The approach taken on this scheme resulted in a value engineered solution that cut costs during the design stage and was further revised during the site work through application of the observational method in order to deliver the scheme in time to allow major planned work on the Haweswater Aqueduct to go ahead on time.

A charity raffle held during the event helped raise more than £2700 towards GE’s publisher Emap’s efforts to raise £86,000 this year to fund a  child psychologist for the next three years to help children with facial deformities gain more confidence and self-esteem. BBGE’s Jane Towsewon the afternoon tea for two at the Grosvenor House Hotel, which was donated as a raffle prize by the hotel.

Winners’ list

Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year

Sponsored by Bachy Soletanche

Winner: Janvi Shah, Amey
Highly Commended: Chris Krechowiecki-Shaw, Atkins
Highly Commended: Alice Spence, Buro Happold


Sustainability award

Sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac

Winner: Halton Borough Council, Ramboll UK and Celtic Technologies, Mersey Gateway Advance Remediation Works


Product and Equipment Innovation Award

Winner: Fugro Seacore, WaveWalker
Highly Commended: Minnovare, Azimuth Aligner


Health and safety Award

Sponsored by Select Plant Hire

Winner: MGF Trench Construction, Safe Systems of Work Guidance Tools
Highly Commended: Carillion Planned Maintenance, Newham (London Borough of Newham)


Award for Technical Excellence

Winner: Expanded Geotechnical, Crossrail Liverpool Street Station – Blomfield Box
Highly Commended: Halton Borough Council, Ramboll UK and Celtic Technologies, Mersey Gateway Advance Remediation Works


UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of up to £1M

Winner: United Utilities, Piethorne & Wickenhall Water Treatment Works Access Road Stabilisation, Rochdale


UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of between £1M and £3M

Winner: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Beaminster Tunnel, Dorset


UK Project with a Geotechnical Value over £3M

Winner: BAM working in collaboration with Network Rail, Hooley Cutting Stabilisation, Croydon


International Project of the Year Award

Winner: Witteveen+Bos, North South Metro Line, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Highly Commended: International Levee Handbook Team, International Levee Handbook


Consulting Firm of the Year

Sponsored by Bam Ritchies

Winner: CH2M Hill


Contractor of the Year

Sponsored by Atkins

Winner: Bam Ritchies


Ground Investigation Specialist of the Year

Winner: Concept Site Investigations


Editor’s Award

Winner: United Utilities, Piethorne & Wickenhall Water Treatment Works Access Road Stabilisation, Rochdale

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