The 30th Anniversary British Construction Industry Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London last night celebrating the very best innovations in recent British construction projects. The event was hosted by the Institute of Civil Engineers and New Civil Engineer. Six companies were Highly Commended as close runners-up within the 13 project categories.
RPS was Highly Commended for the Community Engagement Initiative of the Year for our Western Counties Community Engagement Initiative (Armagh, Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh) for the Gas to the West project. RPS provided planning, stakeholder engagement, environmental and engineering services from a team led by the Belfast office for this high pressure gas pipeline project to deliver gas supplies to Northern Ireland’s four western counties. Construction of the 200km pipeline is well underway with the first domestic consumer connected earlier this month.
RPS was also shortlisted for the Application of Technology Award for our successful application of complex BIM technology design on the M8/M73/M74 Raith Interchange which ensured that traffic flow could continue with minimal disruption almost entirely throughout the construction of this major motorway improvement scheme. RPS’ Galway office was engaged on the project as a part of the multinational consortium partnering with Ferrovial, Lagan and Amey. The scheme completed earlier this year and comprises a three-level interchange and all associated highways network and infrastructure including a 600m long underpass, realigned roundabout, cycleways, bridges and junctions. It is also shortlisted for the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards (ICE Scotland and Saltire) in Edinburgh later this month.
The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) was shortlisted for Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m). The 240,000tpa Energy from Waste facility was designed by RPS’ Newark office has been operational since earlier this year and can power around 21,000 homes. It has an on-site recycling plant with facility for converting ash from the process into highways aggregate and a purpose-built visitor centre.
RPS Europe CEO Trevor Hoyle said “It is a great recognition of the incredible hard work, creative thinking and professional skill that RPS and its project partners have dedicated to these key projects and we are very proud of their achievements.”