Worcestershire Parkway crowned West Midlands’ largest civil engineering project


A new station that opened in February has been crowned the West Midlands’ largest civil engineering project for 2020.

Worcestershire Parkway in the village of Norton has provided a new transport hub that connects directly with nearby Worcester, Birmingham, Oxford and London.

It won the major projects and geotechnical categories before being crowned the grand winner at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Awards 2020 which took place online last night.

Worcestershire Parkway was the first station to open in the county in over a century and the project was spearheaded by SLC Rail, Worcestershire County Council, Mott MacDonald and Buckingham Group Contracting.

The station, which had been in the works for 30 years, was praised by ICE judges for overcoming technical challenges through a collaborative approach, engineering expertise, tenacity and determination.

The panel added, “The overall design, coordination and delivery of the project has been very impressive.

“Worcestershire Parkway is a remarkable infrastructure of which the West Midlands can be truly proud.”

The annual awards are given to the best civil engineering project teams or innovative research that has taken place in the West Midlands.

Jo Barnett, ICE Regional Director for the Midlands, said: “Congratulations to all of our attendees at the West Midlands Awards 2020 – the standard this year was, as always, extremely high.

“Our annual awards play an important role not only in demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers, whose hard work and dedication can often go unnoticed, but also in celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our daily lives.

“I was delighted that, despite the current pandemic, we were able to adapt to recognize and celebrate all of these achievements online. “

The other 2020 winners are:

Communications; Patrimony

Restoration of the 12th century grade I listed west gate at Warwick

Warwickshire County Council, Waterman Aspen Atkins, Mark Evans Architect, Balfour Beatty, Croft Building & Conservation



Grade I listed 12th century west gate in Warwick

Education and Inspiration Award

“Trailblazer” apprenticeship for a tram construction operator

Midland Metropolitan Alliance

Medium project (£ 2m- £ 10m)

Coton Arches roundabout signage in Nuneaton

Galliford Try, Warwickshire County Council

Small project (less than £ 2million); Team achievement

Modernization of railway bridges at Stafford and Walsall

Amey, Staffordshire County Council, Walsall Council, Network Rail, Currall Lewis & Martin Construction, CTS Bridges

Study and research scholarship

Land and underground infrastructure damage assessment project

University of Birmingham, Severn Trent Water, Jacobs, British Geological Surveys

Durability

Rugby Link Route S278

Galliford Try, Warwickshire County Council



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Bob Dunn Award for Outstanding Contribution

David John, Chartered Civil Engineer, ICE Fellow and Associate Director at Amey Consulting

Young director

Jonathan Woods, senior engineer at Ove Arup & Partners

Jonathan has served in volunteer roles and STEM activities that impact hundreds of potential future young engineers.

STIM Ambassador

Megan Pile, graduate engineer at Amey / Staffordshire County Council

Megan has completed at least three STEM engagement activities in the past year and has been instrumental in developing new activities, engaging her colleagues to implement them and maximizing her impact as an Ambassador.

Technician

Recognizes the achievements of people studying or moving towards the status of civil engineering technician:

Zubair Dadabhai, Solihull College

Joshua Sansom, University of Wolverhampton

Bryony Wilson, University of Coventry