Institute of Civil Engineers Midlands Awards Event Showcases Achievements in Infrastructure

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With a record 100 per cent increase in entries over the last two years, the annual ICE Midlands Awards are now widely recognised as the annual showcase for infrastructure achievement within the West Midlands.

The ICE Midlands Awards celebrate the achievement of civil engineers within our region primarily through the recognition of Civil Engineering projects that demonstrate excellence in their concept, planning, design, construction, maintenance or operation. All entries for the awards were substantially completed during 2003 and have been nominated for consideration by the engineers involved in the execution of the project.

The projects are judged by a panel comprising eminent civil engineers within our Region, chaired by a Senior member of the Civil Engineering profession.

The judges take particular note of fitness for purpose, innovation, creativity, benefit to the community and the environment, value engineering and client care, management and teamwork and health and safety.

Recognising young engineers as the future of the profession, ICE Midlands will make awards to the Best Students in each of the Civil Engineering courses being taught at our universities in the ICE Midlands region.

In this instance, the students' academic staff have made the nomination and ICE Midlands has donated the prizes and Certificates. The annual NCE Communications Competition, encourages young engineers to perfect their communication skills by competing in teams to convince a mock public meeting of the benefits of a fictitious civil engineering project.

The regional round of this competition took place at Birmingham University on February 18. ICE Midlands are pleased to welcome the winning Midlands team to receive their Certificates from the current president of the ICE, Douglas Oakervee.

The Award winner(s) will be announced at by ICE Midlands chairman, Mike Mann at a special lunchtime function at Millennium Point, Birmingham today. The president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Douglas Oakervee, will present the Awards and Certificates.

Footbridge is an elegant landmark over rural bypass

A5 Nesscliffe Bypass pounds 11.4 million Client: Highways Agency Client's Agent: Symonds Group Contractor: Balfour Beatty Contractor's Designer: Babtie Group Footbridge Designer: Faber MaunsellThe A5 Nesscliffe Bypass is a 4.5km two-lane, dual carriageway rural bypass of the village of Nesscliffe in Shropshire, including two side road overbridges and an innovative footbridge.

The footbridge is a lightweight suspension bridge comprising a fibre reinforced polymer composite deck, steel pylons and steel cables.

The 50 metre span bridge springs dramatically from the crest of a false cutting, providing an elegant landmark. Its light and transparent form expresses the innovative technology used in the design and construction of the deck. A close working team was maintained throughout the works, which aimed to address any problems at an early stage, thus mitigating delays and costs.

Partnering champions from each of the main partners met regularly during the construction period. These meetings provided useful feedback on the partnering arrangements and provided a forum for early discussions on any problems affecting the project.

As part of the environmental mitigation measures for the scheme, wildlife tunnels and a new badger sett were constructed. Bat boxes were erected to mitigate the loss of existing roosts.

As part of the extensive planting scheme, 13km of mixed hedging and 200 cuttings from a rare Black Poplar tree have been provided.

These form part of the 60,000 shrubs and trees that have been planted. A balancing pond and soakaway have been planted with wetland plant species and they now contribute to the nature conservation and landscape amenity value of the area.

The scheme has been widely welcomed by the local population and the travelling public. …