South Wales projects win top civil engineering awards

Dragon’s Heart Hospital, Principality Stadium, Cardiff and St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda have won the top 2021 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE Wales Cymru) Awards announced today (December 1, 2021).

The awards are presented annually and recognize teams and individuals who have completed some of the best civil engineering projects and achievements across the country. This year an exceptionally wide range of applications were received, from a £ 21million school building project to a £ 650,000 flood protection program.

Projects in South Wales were recognized with prizes in two categories and a highly recommended place.

The Dragon’s Heart Hospital, Stade de la Principauté won the Special Prize for the Chair is presented to any person or project demonstrating exceptional skills and expertise or having made an exceptional contribution to the profession.

The project team successfully delivered a 1,500 bed emergency hospital to the Principality stadium within months of the client’s instruction to start. It has demonstrated great collaborative and corporate success, responding quickly to an immediate need and delivering a fully functioning field hospital within weeks. The first 300 beds were available in 11 days. The management team was on site within 24 hours.

The judges commented that this project was remarkable for what was achieved by the (larger) project team from a standing start and in an unusually short period of time. Mott MacDonald has been able to respond to provide support for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic and by working on behalf of Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board. Mott MacDonald and Archus also led a consortium of companies to supply the design and construction elements for the Principality Stadium temporary hospital.

St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda won first prize at the Roy Edwards Award Category presented to those involved in a civil engineering project demonstrating excellence in concept, planning, design, contract management and construction with a final cost of less than £ 5million.

This category was the most fiercely contested. However, the judges were particularly impressed with the care and attention to detail of this project team, which enabled this seven-span bridge built in 1934 to be renovated and improved, while making the best use of its pillars and existing foundations with minimal disruption and appropriate community involvement.. The project was nominated by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd

Highly Recommended Award for Ynysangharad Gateway, Pontypridd for the Alun Griffiths Award for Community Engagement. This Price is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated standards of excellence in engaging with the local community in the planning, design, project management and construction of any project, taking into account and putting the focus on all aspects of social, economic and ecological issues to ensure future sustainability and well-being

The judges were impressed with the care and attention to detail of this project, nominated by WSP Ltd, which enabled the repair, renovation and renewal of this 38m long cable-stayed footbridge that spans the River Taff between the downtown Pontypridd and the Ynysangharad war. Memorial Park, Rhondda Cynon Taff.

A total of fifteen projects have been shortlisted across Wales and shortlisted for an award after a year in which civil engineers have struggled to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining the work of complex infrastructure on track or implementing emergency programs at breakneck speed.

Young engineers representing future talent in Wales were also recognized at the awards ceremony. Liam Stuckey, Civil Engineering Apprentice at Arcadis, Cardiff won the Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust (SWIEET). Luke Cook, Atkins, won the STEMM Ambassador of the Year award. Robert Varley, ARUP, won both the Paterson Award for best Welsh candidate in the final written exams of the former Institution of Municipal Engineers and the Ben Barr Award for demonstrating excellence in their understanding of the construction process , in particular in relating design to construction, presentation of engineering principles, application of planning and programming methods and organizational skills.

Keith Jones, Director of ICE Wales Cymru, said:

“This year’s competition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in tackling many unknowns as the pandemic continues. Sustainability and communities seem to be the backbone of many entries, which can only bode well for the future. Our awards are a tribute to civil engineers across the country. We congratulate the winners and thank all the participants ”.