M49 project wins ICE collaboration award

Topic Awards

Date 01 Oct 2020

Galliford Try’s M49 Avonmouth Junction project has been recognised for its outstanding approach to teamwork by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Awards.

The £36m scheme for Highways England, delivered in conjunction with design team Arup and ground engineering specialist Vibro Menard, won the Collaboration award, one of seven winners in the region.

The awards celebrate civil engineering projects that have made significant contributions to local communities and recognise the rising stars of the South West industry. The winners were announced at an online event after the physical awards ceremony, initially scheduled for early July, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project achieved the award due to the high levels of collaboration in developing the innovative design solution that responded to difficult ground conditions, and the considerable logsitical issues during the construction process.

The ICE judging panel said: “What seems to be a simple motorway junction was in fact a fantastic achievement of logistics, planning, technical solutions and collaboration between all the parties involved.”

Duncan Elliott, Managing Director of Galliford Try’s Highways business, commented: “The M49 project has been a real challenge for our team and they have risen to it brilliantly. The ICE award is just reward for the efforts and the lessons we have learnt from the collaboration within this scheme will be carried forward to our other sites in the future.”