Transport project delivered months early wins at North West awards

Entries ranged from flood defence schemes to ways of getting people - and goods - moving by road, tram, rail, and even rollercoasters.

 A complex transport scheme in Manchester has been crowned one of the winners at the 2021 ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards.

Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park Line won the Large Project Award. It was delivered months ahead of schedule, despite operating within a dense urban environment. 

The Replacement Pooley Bridge in Cumbria, a single-span arch stainless steel road bridge, the first of its kind in the UK, won the Medium Project Award. It has both reconnected a community and delivered a neat engineering solution within its Lake District UNESCO World Heritage location. 

Work to strengthen and repair a Grade II listed swing bridge at Winnington in Cheshire took the Small Project Award. The team dealt with an unknown asset condition, focusing on repair not replacement. 
 
The Constructability Award, recognising the important role of temporary works, was won by the Manchester Metropolitan University Arts & Humanities Building for the successful integration of an existing heritage structure and a new build. 
 

New award categories

Two new categories were introduced this year. 

The Sustainability Award, recognising the vital role that civil engineers have in shaping net zero, went to the Fairhaven to Church Scar coastal protection scheme in Lytham St Annes.

The Team of the Year Award, celebrating the benefits of a whole-team approach, won by Northern Powerhouse Rail, was also a new category. 
 

People awards  

This year’s Diversity Award went to VolkerStevin for its local targeted and supported approach to a group-wide policy. 
 
Two individuals each received an award for personal contributions: Kathryn Brown for North West STEM Volunteer of the Year and Eleanor Inglis of VolkerStevin for North West Mentor of the Year.
 

Commendations  

The judges also made several commendations.

Two bridge schemes were highly commended in the constructability category; the Replacement Pooley Bridge, which fully embedded temporary works activity into the programme, and the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bridge Renewal FHR5/16 for dealing with the way tricky issues were managed on a constricted site. 
 
Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Risk Management Scheme, which was delivered with minimum impact on the community, and Keswick Multi-User Bridges which showed ingenuity in the construction and installation process, were highly commended in the Medium and Small Project categories, respectively. 
 
Emma Antrobus, Regional Director ICE North West said: “Civil engineering improves the very fabric of society, yet it doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Our ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards sets that right, shining a spotlight on some of the very best work delivered by civil engineers in the North West. Congratulations to the nominees, those that were commended and the winners.” 
 
Chris Hudson, ICE North West Chair, said that more than 30 entries went through to the judging stage.

“All the nominees deserve recognition for their efforts during a time that has been more challenging than most. Reading through the award entries made me so proud of our profession. Seeing first-hand all the brilliant work that we undertake and the benefits we bring to people was truly inspiring.”  
 
Hosted by broadcaster Andy Crane, the ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards were announced at an online event on Thursday, 11 March 2021.

The awards were sponsored by Civic Engineers, GHD, Mott MacDonald, Temporary Works Forum and VolkerStevin. 
 

Full winners’ list – ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2021 

 Large Project, over £15 million, supported by GHD 
Winner - Manchester Metrolink - Trafford Park Line 
Transport for Greater Manchester, AECOM, MPT
 
Medium Project, £5 million - £15 million 
Winner - Replacement Pooley Bridge, Cumbria 
Cumbria County Council, Knight Architects, Eric Wright Civil Engineering, GHD, WEC  
Highly commended - Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Risk Management Scheme, Bury  
Environment Agency, Mott MacDonald, BAM Nuttall, Arcadis, Turner and Townsend 
 
Small Project, up to £5 million 
Winner - Winnington Swing Bridge Repairs, Cheshire 
Cheshire West & Chester Council, Canal & River Trust, Kier, Arcadis, CGC, Davies Industrial  
 
Highly commended - Keswick Multi-User Bridges, Cumbria 
Lake District National Park, A L Daines, Cubby Construction, Beaver Bridges 

Sustainability, supported by Mott MacDonald 
Winner - Fairhaven to Church Scar Coast Protection Scheme, Lytham St Annes 
Fylde Council, SNC-Lavalin Atkins, VBA JV  

Constructability, supported by Temporary Works Forum 
Winner - Manchester Metropolitan University Arts & Humanities Building 
Manchester Metropolitan University, Morgan Sindall, Arup, Allies and Morrison  
Highly commended - Replacement Pooley Bridge, Cumbria 
Cumbria County Council, Knight Architects, Eric Wright Civil Engineering, GHD, WEC 
Highly commended - Leeds Liverpool Canal Bridge Renewal FHR5/16 
Network Rail, Arcadis, J Murphy & Sons 
 
Team  
Winner – Northern Powerhouse Rail 
 
Diversity, supported by Civic Engineers 
Winner – VolkerStevin 
 
Mentor  
 Winner – Eleanor Inglis, VolkerStevin 

STEM Volunteer, supported by VolkerStevin 
Winner – Kathryn Brown, AECOM 
 
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