Institution of Civil Engineers 2014 West Midlands Awards

Cosford Nitrates

Client: Severn Trent Water Ltd Partners: Mott MacDonald Bentley, Amey

Clear communication is a key aspect of all successful civil engineering projects. The Cosford Nitrates project, delivered by Mott MacDonald Bentley in partnership with Severn Trent Water and Amey, clearly demonstrated that promoting stakeholder engagement can assist with scheme delivery, the ability to delight the customer and enhance the general public's perception of civil engineering.

Open communication within the project team allowed the right solution to be delivered efficiently and effectively. This also enabled the project team to deliver on its promises to both client and customer. The project was completed on time and to budget but also to a quality both the team and client were proud of.

The £2.5 million scheme also involved the innovative reuse of existing infrastructure assets. The project helped to blend three existing water sources and crucially enabled the continued delivery of high quality water to the west Wolverhampton area.

High Speed 2 (HS2)

Client: High Speed Two Partners: Arup, TerraQuest

In March 2012, HS2 Ltd appointed Arup, URS and Terraquest to undertake the preliminary design, environmental assessment and land referencing for the compilation of the hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement for the West Midlands Metropolitan section of HS2, between London and the West Midlands (Phase One).

Arup led the preliminary engineering design of the route with HS2 and the Environmental Impact Assessment Consultant, based together in Arup's office in Solihull. Terraquest's team in Birmingham was responsible for land referencing and worked closely with the engineering and environmental teams to arrange land access and compile the book of reference for this section of the route.

The collaborative approach taken by all members of the team on this highly complex section of the route ensured the Government was able to deposit a hybrid Bill and Environmental Statement with Parliament on time in November 2013.

Minworth Sewage Treatment Works CHP Replacement

Client: Severn Trent Water Partner: Mott MacDonald Bentley

Minworth Sewage Treatment Works is an important and vital source of renewable energy for Severn Trent Water, annually generating over 55GWh, which equates to 26 per cent of its total power generation output. This £4.6 million contract successfully procured, installed and commissioned three new 1.4MW Combined Heat and Power biogas engines over the 12-month programme.

As principal contractor, Mott MacDonald Bentley collaborated extensively on design, pricing, construction and commissioning with Severn Trent Water and its site operations teams while successfully utilising both client and contractor supply chains.

Communication and collaboration was crucial to achieving multiple successful shut downs of the existing gas and electrical systems to facilitate critical new biogas, hot water and low voltage supply connections. Building Information Modelling was used extensively as a tool for design collaboration among the supply chain, culminating in a high quality end product for the client.