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Aviation team wins Construction News award

Monday, 17 July 2017 @ 12:01

Galliford Try has won a Construction News Award for its refurbishment of the runway at East Midlands Airport.

Successful in the ‘project of the year (£10m-£20m)’ category, the scheme involved the complete relaying of the 3 km runway, replacement of airfield ground lights and other upgrades over the course of seven successive weekend closures in November and December last year. Over each 48-hour possession an average of 12,000 tonnes of the existing surface needed to be removed and the same volume of new asphalt laid. Around 350 people worked on site each weekend.

Judges described the refurbishment as “a ground-breaking project that has the potential to change the industry.” They praised how the project, which posed a mammoth logistical challenge, was run with military precision. Despite heavy-duty movements through a single gated access point there were no accidents or RIDDORs on the project. The panel described this health and safety record and Galliford Try’s logistical grip on the scheme as “phenomenal”.

Judges said: “The project is an excellent example of collaboration between client and contractor, enabling Galliford Try to complete the works with 12 hours to spare. Lessons learned on this project in terms of planning and maintaining compliance of security at airfields have been shared to ensure this expertise is offered to other customers throughout the industry. The project was an ‘industry-first’ for innovation, setting an example of how construction could and should operate.”

Tom de la Motte, Managing Director of Galliford Try’s Infrastructure Division, said: “This award crowns what has been an outstandingly successful project in terms of safety, planning, programme, innovation, budget and delivery. The team should be enormously proud of its achievements which augur well for the further expansion of our aviation business.”

Heading up the Galliford Try team were Colin Abbott, Aviation Director, Craig Lennon, Operations Manager and Nick Fox, Senior Project Manager. The client was the Manchester Airport Group.

The Construction News Awards are the industry’s biggest and most prestigious awards, showcasing the best ideas, performance and achievements from the past 12 months. They were presented at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 13 July.

▪ Galliford Try in joint venture with Costain and Atkins were finalists in the ‘project of the year (over £50m)’ category with the re-development of Liverpool waste water treatment works.