London Projects Scoop Engineering 'Oscars'
9 July 2015
Two Costain projects have won awards at this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Awards, the premier showcase for engineering achievement in the capital.
The Bond Street Station Upgrade, a Costain Laing O’Rourke JV project for London Underground, gained the Infrastructure Award. The Hammersmith Flyover Strengthening and Refurbishment Works, a Costain project for Transport for London (TfL), won the Re-engineering London Award.
The judges visited each of the finalists to look for innovation, creativity, sustainability, health and safety and social value.
At the Bond Street Station Upgrade, they were impressed by the acoustic cladding used on the permanent structure over the new ticket hall. The cladding has enabled work to be carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a very busy, central London location.
“It’s an innovative idea that has helped the One Team - Costain Laing O’Rourke and London Underground - meet key milestones while at the same time maintaining good relations with the local community,” said James Brookfield, Fit Out Delivery Manager and Costain Project Lead.
Mike Brown, Managing Director, London Underground & London Rail congratulated the One Team on its success: “This is so well deserved in recognising the innovative and complex over site development, which has allowed works 24/7 without disturbing our neighbours in this important part of London.”
Work continues on the project with tunnelling that is due to be completed in early 2016, followed by the fit-out of the new tunnels and the ticket hall. The new station is on programme to open to the public in 2017.
Innovative engineering also helped the Hammersmith Flyover project win its award, said Andy Bannister, Costain Project Director.
“The judges saw how innovations like installing a new post-tensioning system while retaining the existing post-tensioning strands help keep the traffic moving while carrying out what is a very technically challenging project.
“We are currently on track to substantially complete the works this summer, extending the life of the flyover for many years to come.”
The winners were congratulated by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson: “I am very supportive of this event held by the ICE to recognise some of the innovative and useful contributions that civil engineers have made to the life of the city. London is ever evolving and these projects show the important role engineers play in designing, constructing and maintaining London’s infrastructure as our industries and populations grow.”
Costain Communications Department