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Acton Burnell Sewage Treatment Works Client: Severn Trent Water Ltd Partners: Mott MacDonald Bentley Award category: Innovation Severn Trent Water (STW) appointed Mott MacDonald Bentley(MMB) as the Design and Build Contractor to deliver projects to improve river quality in rural locations across Shropshire.

To drive efficiency, 13 projects with similar technology and geographical location were batched into a single PS9.8m contract to form a Rural Works Batch, to be delivered with a 'One team' approach. The projects ranged from PS0.1m to PS2.5m.

The PS1.45m, Acton Burnell Works (sewage works) is a great example of where the team have been able to leverage a significant number of small benefits by continually learning from earlier schemes and striving for innovation.

The existing Works is a small oxidation ditch works treating an estimated catchment population of 858 including a significant transient population providing a complex treatment challenge. The solution -to demolish the existing oxidation ditch and grass plot, and replace with Rotating Biological Contactors(RBCs) and reed bed. The scheme is an excellent example of how small/medium projects can be delivered excellently-saving money and creating a legacy for future generations.

Kidderminster Linnet Rise Flood Alleviation Client: Severn Trent Water Ltd Partners: NMCNomenca, Polypipe Award category: Innovation An innovative PS1.3 million project to reduce the flooding affecting numerous properties on Linnet Rise, Kidderminster has recently been successfully completed and works by attenuating the flows that surcharge out of the under capacity surface water network during times of heavy rainfall.

The complex solution is designed to safely store 845m3 of flood waters in underground geocellular tanks that had to be constructed within a densely populated urban environment requiring innovative temporary works.

The stringent hydraulics and careful design of the scheme ensures minimal future maintenance and operates entirely without a single moving part.

The geocellular crate system was developed in close collaboration between NMCNomenca and the STW solution team and is the first of its kind to be fully adopted by Severn Trent Water.

Midland Metro Alliance Geographical Information System Client: Midland Metro Alliance Sometimes, in our Birmingham offices, you can almost hear our team wishing they had crystal balls - so they could look into the future and see how the tram extensions we are delivering will operate when passenger services are underway. They'd love to be able to see how placement of tram stops will change pedestrian movement. They'd relish being able to witness that their designs have managed to maintain delivery routes for retailers whilst also reducing traffic congestion.

Unfortunately, our offices do not contain magical orbs and time-travel devices, however, we do have the next best thing in the our Geographic Information System (GIS), which allows us to visualise, question, analyse and interpret data to better understand our projects (and the towns and cities we are constructing in).

With approximately 80% of the data we work with having a spatial component, our GIS opens up to us the science of where.

Bilston Road Track Replacement Client: Midland Metro Alliance Award category: Large projects Maintaining a tramway along a busy city A-road is complex. Considerable expertise, products and services are needed. Furthermore, there are the tram users, businesses, residents and road users who need to be informed and kept up-to-date.

In addition to completing the project ahead of schedule and within budget, there were two additional areas where this project really stands out: Firstly, we wanted to ensure that a large percentage of the supplies used on the programme would be sourced within the West Midlands.

Secondly, we wanted to recruit local talent to our worksite to ensure the workforce in the region truly benefited from our first construction project in the West Midlands.

The construction project completed ahead of schedule and within budget on December 2, 2017, when Bilston Road re-opened in both directions to traffic. Testing and commissioning followed and trams service resumed on December 8, again ahead of schedule.

Branston Locks Phase 1 Client: Staffordshire County Council Partners: Amey Consulting, Amey Highways, Nurton Developments Ltd Award category: Medium projects The aim of the project was to provide the gateway access to the new Branston Locks Development to the south west of Burton-upon-Trent which will see 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 developed.

This will include 2,500 homes, 50-acre employment site, primary school, secondary school, hotel, residential care home, additional sports and recreational facilities and other community facilities.

The first phase of the project provided the following: | New Canal Bridge: to provide a new road, pedestrian and cycleway crossing over the Trent and Mersey Canal conservation zone. New pedestrian /cycle approach ramp link: to provide access from the existing village and canal towpath to the new highway bridge and road.

| New Highway: approximately 750m of new highway comprising two roundabouts, carriageway, footways /cycleways, embankments, drainage, safety barriers, fencing, street lighting and signage.

| New statutory undertakers equipment, (gas, electric etc.): to serve the Branston Locks development.

Coalport Sewage Treatment Works - Raw Sludge Dewatering Plant Client: Severn Trent Water Partners: Mott MacDonald Bentley Award category: Medium projects The project at Coalport Sewage Treatment Works undertaken by Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) in partnership with Severn Trent Water delivered a first of a kind within the Severn Trent Area.

The PS3.7m Coalport Raw Sludge Dewatering Plant is an innovative enabling scheme which will dramatically improve sludge handling efficiency and increase the gas yield from the sludge produced at Coalport Sewage Treatment Works.

The Raw Sludge Dewatering Plant was a scheme that through great collaboration and subcontractor engagement ensured delivery of the assets was conducted smoothly to provide safe and efficient treatment of sewage waste for years to come.

Challenging ground conditions were faced with the need for remediation works.

Through the delivery of this scheme tanker movements were reduced to the site further improving the operational carbon for Severn Trent Water.

Hereford City Link Road Client: Herefordshire County Council Partners: Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd Award category: Medium projects The PS7m Hereford City Link Road (CLR) forms an integral part of the Hereford City Centre Transport Package, an integrated package enabling the delivery of the Edgar Street Grid (ESG) regeneration area.

The CLR works comprised:-Construction of a 850 metre long single carriageway road with traffic signals at each end and three along its route. A 3.5 metre east west shared cycleway/footway along entire length of road and a signalised pedestrian/cycle crossing point at the new signals enabling crossings in a single movement.

The scheme supports Hereford Council's vision of: | Improving the public realm and creating better walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure | Enhancing links between the railway station, city centre and the ESG regeneration area | Improving east-west access between the A465 and A49(T) north of the city | Improving access to interchange infrastructure at Hereford railway station |Supporting Hereford's role as a regional economic hub Mousesweet Brook Culvert Replacement Client: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Partners: Mott MacDonald, Forkers Award category: Medium projects The Mousesweet Brook scheme has reduced the risk of flooding to 42 residential properties and 100 commercial properties in Quarry Bank. The replacement of the old Mousesweet Brook 'keyhole' shaped brick culvert with a rectangular culvert has been one of the largest jacking projects in Dudley for 20 years.

Conveying flows beneath the 10m high Mushroom Green Embankment, the old culvert was identified by the Environment Agency (EA) as a failing asset due to its inadequate size and deteriorated condition. This problem combined with the regular blockage of the trash screen resulted in frequent flooding of the upstream catchment.

A sudden failure of the embankment would release approximately 120,000m3 of impounded flood water and result in the loss of 2 critical Severn Trent Water (STW) foul sewers (675mm and 750mm diameter) that run along the top of the embankment.

Mott MacDonald (MM) worked closely with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) and the EA to design the new 4.2m x 3.0m internal dimension precast concrete culvert.

Due to the constraints of the existing sewers which cannot be diverted, the solution was to hydraulically jack the first 28m of the culvert underneath the embankment.

This has minimised the impact to the local community by maintaining the public footpath on the embankment and has reduced the construction duration.

The Koutulai Project Client: Engineers for Overseas Development Partners: Koutulai Women's Co-operative, Salt Peter Trust Award category: Shaping the world Engineers for Overseas Development (EfOD) is a charity committed to using their skills to transform communities, providing engineers with invaluable experience and skills in the process. The West Midlands branch have played an invaluable part in transforming a community in rural Uganda.

The Koutulai Project has delivered a number of critical pieces of social infrastructure to secure the future of this community in rural Eastern Uganda. This project which was designed and managed by young engineers in the West Midlands was undertaken between 2009 and 2017.

The Koutulai Project is an example of a long-running collaboration that has seen benefits for all involved. The villagers of Koutulai and surrounding area can access clean water and sanitation as well as store and process food. They have also learnt construction and agricultural skills and seen the advantages of working together to create a legacy for the whole community. Over 50 young volunteers from the West Midlands have gained valuable experience early in their career to fast track their development and improve their confidence, helping them to appreciate their true ability and the difference Engineers are able to make in society. The volunteers have proudly represented the UK civil engineering industry in a developing region, demonstrating its core values of professionalism and fairness.

Centenary Square - Design Client: Bouygues UK Partners: Graeme Massie Architects Centenary Square is at the heart of Birmingham, bound by iconic buildings such as the grade 1 listed Hall of Memory, International Convention Centre and the Library of Birmingham.

In 2014, Birmingham City Council ran an international design competition to find solutions to transform Centenary Square into a positive, cultural, contemporary city space. AECOM provided engineering guidance to Graeme Massie Architects during the early stages of the competition.

The resulting design was selected as the winning bid from a field of 185 submissions.

The scheme introduces a water reflection pool, 25m high lighting columns, and soft planting zones interspersed across a new paving surface.

When complete, the Square will interface seamlessly with the Midland Metro tram masterplan, improving accessibility and promoting pedestrian movement.

Having been appointed to develop the Stage 3 design, AECOM was then commissioned by Bouygues UK in 2016 to deliver the detailed design and provide construction-stage support.

Snitterfield Culvert Client: Warwickshire County Council Partners: North Midland Construction, Jacobs Award category: Medium projects The Warwickshire village of Snitterfield suffers significant flooding which directly impacts at least 34 properties. The sources of this flooding are numerous, including Main River flooding, surface water run-offand highway drainage issues.

In January 2015 a section of an old brick culvert which carries the Bell Brook through the village collapsed.

This culvert ran beneath properties and posed a significant risk to the integrity of resident's houses, with one section of the culvert collapse opening a large hole in a resident's garden. The project re-culverted the watercourse away from the properties and made safe the existing line of the culvert, providing a benefit which reduced the flood risk in Snitterfield.

Birmingham Institute of Forestry Research - CO2 Research Facility Client: The University of Birmingham - College of Life and Environmental Sciences Partners: The University of Birmingham, Couch Consulting Engineers, Faithful & Gould Award category: Shaping the Future This pioneering PS10.4m project to construct a CO2 research facility in a remote historic woodland is the first of its kind in the UK. The dynamic response of forests to environmental change, including climate change, is only partially understood.

To increase understanding, The University of Birmingham have built a Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment, set in mature, unmanaged, temperate woodland located on private land in Staffordshire. A woodland-FACE facility comprises a series of approximately cylindrical ring structures, as high as the tree canopy (around 25 m) and 30 m wide, supporting pipes that deliver CO2 in such a way that the woodland inside the ring is immersed in elevated CO2 but the rest of the woodland remains largely unaffected.

The facility also includes a new purpose built fieldwork compound and the beautifully restored Long Barn field study centre, all constructed utilising a no-dig technique.

Branston Locks Phase One Client: Staffordshire County Council Partners: Amey Consulting, Amey Highways, Nurton Developments Ltd Award category: Shaping the Future We believe that the Branston Locks Phase (1) should be nominated for the Shaping the Future Award - Project as it will play a significant role in safeguarding society for the future as it is the enabler for the main scheme promoting green infrastructure.

The first phase of Branston Locks had the aim of providing the gateway access to the new Branston Locks Development to the south west of Burtonupon-Trent which will see 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 developed.

This will include 2,500 homes, 50-acre employment site, primary school, secondary school, hotel, residential care home, additional sports and recreational facilities and other community facilities.

Green infrastructure has been a key defining feature of the site design. This includes the green corridors established within the site, together with connections into and built relationships with the rural edge of the site including the surrounding escarpment and green space together with Branston Road.

Rugeley Flood Risk Management Scheme Client: Environment Agency Partners: Turner & Townsend, Aecom, Team Van Oord Award category: Sustainability The town of Rugeley has been at risk from both fluvial and surface water flooding. All development schemes within the town were limited due to the flooding situation. The Environment Agency identified the potential to reduce the fluvial flood risk to the town through the completion of a flood storage reservoir on Rising Brook.

The reservoir can hold up to 73,500 m3 of flood water, protecting Rugeley town centre from flood risk, thereby facilitating regeneration of Rugeley town centre. The construction of the reservoir is substantially complete and job creating planning applications have been taken forward on the basis of the scheme.

Partnership working has enabled the project to deliver a white-clawed crayfish ark site, going above and beyond the environmental mitigation requirements to protect this endangered native species.

Further community enhancements include restoring a heritage trail bridge, providing space for additional sports pitches and supporting the local community centre.

Eastham Bridge Client: Worcestershire County Council Partners: Burroughs, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Worcestershire County Council Award category: Team achievement On 24 May 2016, the Grade II Listed Masonry Arch Eastham Bridge over the SSSI River Teme in Worcestershire suddenly collapsed while a school bus was starting crossing.

The resultant closure imposed a 10-mile detour through narrow country lanes and split the community of Eastham from the A438 and the local school.

Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Infrastructure Engineering Term Contractor for Worcestershire County Council, together with their design engineers, Burroughs, were able to successfully deliver a 'Design and Build' replacement bridge, in only 11 months.

The innovative and sympathetic design of the new bridge, faced in bricks recovered from the collapse, spanning over the remains of the original with movement allowance lets the old and new structures co-exist. The scheme balanced demanding challenges, within tight ecological, time and budgetary constraints. Achieving this was only possible because of a deep rooted collaborative work ethic within the whole team and community.

FINDIT - Not Just Mapping - Measuring Client: The University of Birmingham Partners: GSK, Geomatrix Earth Science, BT Award category: Studies and Research FINDIT (Finding Infrastructure with Non-Destructive Imaging Technologies) is a collaborative project funded by Innovate UK between RSK, BT, University of Birmingham and Geomatrix Earth Science and has combined years of collective experience and new research into a revolutionary subsurface mapping system.

This innovative system, which combines novel uses of existing technologies (Ground Penetrating Radar and Acoustic Reflectometry) with bespoke data processing techniques, not only locates buried utilities more accurately, but also indicates its condition (damage and blockages) and provides engineering information about the surrounding ground. The driver for the project was BT, who was having issues locating defects in their ducts, causing delays and increased costs. Trialled at BT's bespoke test facility, the aim has been to produce a system that can be easily applied on site with simple traffic light type alerts. The outcomes can also be applied to other sectors such as water and energy supply.

Ashlands Walk Footbridge Client: Staffordshire County Council Partners: Amey Consulting, Amey Highways, CTS Bridges Award category: Team Achievement The project consisted of the design and construction of a 56m span footbridge over a railway for Bellway Homes as part of a housing development. The timescales were short as the bridge needed to be in use for house sales to begin.

Amey, working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, offered to design and construct the footbridge Bellway. In order to deliver the project quickly the design and fabrication of the superstructure was kept as a package so minimising fabrication drawings and queries; this was carried out by CTS Bridges with the checking of the design by Amey.

The design of the substructures and pad for the 1000 tonne was carried out by Amey and checked by CTS.

Overall management of the project and liaison with Network Rail and other parties was carried out by Amey Consulting, with Amey Highways constructing the works.
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