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Winners announced for the 2019 Mercia Branch National Awards

  • Wednesday June 26, 2019

The 2019 IHE Mercia Branch awards took place at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on Thursday 23rd May and for the first time in the event’s history, the awards had been open to entries from across the UK. Also a first for the event, the IHE Mercia Branch had teamed up with the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) as their event delivery partner. The event was kindly supported by Tracsis and Applied Driving Techniques as the Mercia Branch sponsors.

The event was very well attended with over 140 attendees with various businesses and organisations from across the industry represented. The decision by the branch committee to open up the event from regional to national entries had also proven successful, with a broad range of high quality entries.

Martin Polland, IHE Junior Vice President

Martin Polland (IHE Council Junior Vice-President) was in attendance, as well as Richard Hayes (IHE Chief Executive). Martin delivered an excellent and inspiring speech covering current IHE developments and wider industry challenges and in particular the skills shortages and the need to adapt to future technologies.

For the second year running, the event supported Brake, The Road Safety Charity with £797.50 raised on the night through donations.

Richard Harman the IHE Mercia Branch Chair said: “we’ve really been pleased with this year’s event and we had great feedback from the judges over the quality of the schemes submitted for awards. The branch committee put a lot of effort into organising the event, so it’s really great to see so many people from across the industry enjoying the evening and winning awards. A special mention must go to LCRIG, Tracsis and Applied Driving Techniques for their support this year, as obviously we’re all very busy in our day jobs keeping the West Midlands road network moving! So without their support the event wouldn’t be possible. We’ve also been really pleased to raise so much money for Brake, who play an excellent role in road safety education to prevent and support those people injured on the highway network.” 

Winners and Highly Commended Entries with judges’ comments: 

Large Project of the Year 

Crewe Green Roundabout
Cheshire East Council, Jacobs, Balfour Beatty

This excellent piece of new infrastructure will have a significant impact, both locally and across the wider area.  The project involved high levels of quality engagement with the local community (generating positive feedback) and has had a positive impact on congestion, local jobs, whilst supporting local growth, all within budget and programme. 

Small Project of the Year 

Better Safe Barton – Barton-under-Needwood Village Enhancement Scheme
Staffordshire County Council / Amey

This project caught the judge’s attention in being a Parish Council led and driven initiative.  The completed scheme has provided an enhancement which has not only improved the village ambiance, but has also provided better facilities for cyclist and pedestrians, as well supporting speed reduction and traffic management measures. 

Safety and Innovation Project of the Year 

Jacobs SafetyWeb + Solution – UK Wide

This project had demonstrated a ‘grass roots’ approach to road safety.” The judges were impressed that the project demonstrated a passion for better information management and sought to address the efficiency, accuracy and risk when sharing safety information across large delivery teams.

Environmental Sustainability Project of the Year

A4440 Toucan Crossing – Reduced Impact Bat Lighting

Within this scheme the project team has effectively balanced the needs of supporting growth and protecting the environment. As part of this innovative project, a rare bat colony has been protected using state of the art lighting technology, ensuring the construction of a key piece of new highway infrastructure is harmonious with its surroundings 

Highway Partnership Award 

East Midlands Asset Delivery (EMAD) – Highways England Area 7
Highways England, Kier, Amey, Carnell, WJ, nmcn, McCann and others. 

The judges were impressed by the vision and objectives of the EMAD community of Highways England and its 22 industry partners.  This is a truly collaborative approach in which all partners are equal (SME’s and large enterprises) working collectively in the delivery of highly efficient and customer centric maintenance and improvement schemes. 

Judges Special Merit Award

Telford Central Replacement Footbridge Project
Jacobs, Balfour Beatty PLC, Telford & Wrekin Council, SH Structures Ltd, Nicoll Russell Studios Ltd

The judging panel wanted to make specific mention of the Telford Footway Bridge Project by awarding a Judges Special Merit Award.  This project was highly commended in the Large Project section, a particularly strong category.   However, given the high quality and innovation within this project, the judges felt it appropriate to single out this project for special recognition. The resultant, futuristic bridge – not only extremely impressive to look at and in terms of engineering, also provides key transport links for the local community, essential for the regeneration of the local area.

Highly Commended
Telford Central Replacement Footbridge Project
Jacobs, Balfour Beatty PLC, Telford & Wrekin Council, SH Structures Ltd, Nicoll Russell Studios Ltd

A54 Buxton Road Safety Barrier
Cheshire East Council, Ringway Jacobs, Jacobs and Harry Fairclough Construction Ltd

 Jacobs/ ADT/ Tracsis
Road Safety Week 2018

Valley of Stone Greenway
Nu-phalt Group/ Lancashire County Council

Road Safety Week 2018 Walk to School Safety Review
Jacobs/ Tracsis

Professional Review of the Year

Antony Clewes – Engineering Technician
Jonathan Gall – Incorporated Engineer
Steve Windass – Chartered Engineer

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