Marches Mosses BogLIFE project crowned largest civil engineering project in the West Midlands

The restoration of one of Britain’s largest lowland bogs has been crowned the region’s largest civil engineering project.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) named the work at Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses and Wem Moss in North Shropshire Project of the Year at its 2022 West Midlands Awards last night.

It had already won the sustainability award before being chosen over the other category winners to take the overall crown.

Called the “Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project”, it was carried out by WM Longreach, in collaboration with Natural England, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Brian Killingworth, WSP and RAB Consultants.

ICE said that after hundreds of years of exploitation, no one in the UK had ever attempted to restore bog edge habitat on this scale.



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In addition to being environmentally sustainable, the project will also help the local economy by attracting visitors to the area, encouraging volunteer participation and providing educational opportunities.

The judges declared that BogLIFE was an example in terms of sustainability and planning for the future and therefore fully deserved the Project of the Year award.

The ICE Awards are held annually and are awarded to the best civil engineering project teams or groundbreaking research that has been significantly completed in the West Midlands in the last 12 months.

They were introduced by AIC Chairman Ed McCann and West Midlands Regional Chairman Vicky Bache.

Midlands Regional Manager Jo Barnett said: “Congratulations to all the project teams and individuals recognized in our awards this year.

“It was fantastic to see so many worthwhile nominations despite a tough time during the pandemic for everyone over the past year, especially those working in infrastructure.

“Coming together in person for the first time since 2019 was truly very special as it is always great to see firsthand the contribution of civil engineers to our daily lives that we often take for granted.”

The other category winners for 2022 are:

Communication

Mile End roundabout in Oswestry

Balfour Beatty and WSP, for Shropshire Council, built a new roundabout and junction which relieved congestion and helped advance plans for new housing and commercial development. Stakeholder engagement was key to the success of the project.

Geotech

Reinforced soil bund at i54 Business Park, Wolverhampton

The project was carried out by Maccaferri, with partners AFS Earthmoving & Aggregates, Amey Consulting, Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Councils and Amey. A planning requirement for the park extension was to construct an embankment to provide a substantial landscape screen between the extension and Pendleford Hall Nature Reserve.

Education and Inspiration Award

Road Safety Education, Shropshire

WSP, which ran the program on behalf of Shropshire Council, employs two road safety officers who run initiatives in primary and secondary schools.

Innovation

Dephosphatation program

Mott MacDonald carried out a phosphorus removal program on behalf of Severn Trent, as part of its £2billion investment in building projects in which the utility company is focusing on water quality programs water and the reduction of phosphorus discharged into waterways.

Studies and Research

Defra Shropshire Natural Flood Management Pilot Project

Carried out by WSP in conjunction with Shropshire Council and Cardiff University, the study looked at the potential for slowing waterways and improving flood mitigation.

team achievement

New wetlands

Mott MacDonald Bentley has delivered a series of new wetlands for Severn Trent, working with a range of stakeholders that will improve conditions in Cinderford Brook, Gloucestershire, and create new habitats for wildlife.

Small project (under £2m)

Rehabilitation of the Sabrina footbridge

The bridge was installed in the center of Worcester in 1990 but required extensive repairs after three decades of use. The refurbishment was carried out by Jacobs, working with Worcestershire County Council, Alun Griffiths (contractors) and Briton Fabricators.



The regeneration of Chamberlain Square in Birmingham has been named Medium Project of the Year
The regeneration of Chamberlain Square in Birmingham has been named Medium Project of the Year

Average project price (£2m – £10m)

Paradise, Birmingham

Chamberlain Square is a historic public space in Birmingham city center that has been rejuvenated as part of the wider Paradise office scheme. It was delivered by Ramboll UK, with MPEC.

Big Project Award (over £10m)

Birmingham Freeways Interim Works Program

Undertaken by Birmingham Highways with Arcadis Consulting, on behalf of Birmingham City Council, the project has delivered 316 road and pavement projects since the summer of 2020. The success of the program has led to additional funding to make further improvements to the motorways around the city throughout 2022.

Judges Awards

Armed Forces Community Garden

Delivered by Balfour Beatty Living Places for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Hillfield Park Garden was designed to help veterans and the community heal in a place of peace and tranquility. The judges praised the project for turning barren land into a bio-diverse community garden.



The Armed Forces Community Garden in Solihull won the judges' award
The Armed Forces Community Garden in Solihull won the judges’ award

Young Achiever (for those under 30)

Mahesh Mohankumar of Amey has been involved in various projects including the construction of the West Stafford Access Road where he took the initiative to reduce CO2 on this project and encouraged the use of alternative building materials .

STEM Ambassador

Frances Stephens of Mott MacDonald Bentley has been recognized for her work mentoring students of all ages.

Bob Dunn Award for Outstanding Contribution

Mike Mann joined ICE as a student in 1951 since he rose through the profession to become Construction Manager for the Midlands with Alfred McAlpine Construction.