Projects which have contributed to the delivery of the £16m Selly Oak New Road dominated in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands awards on Thursday night.
The awards – which celebrate the best in civil engineering projects across the West Midlands – were attended by more than 350 engineering professionals.
The Selly Oak New Road is part of the highway works undertaken to enable access to the £500m Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham City Council awarded Birse Civils and its partners the contract to construct phase two in 2009.
The team behind the design of phase two of the road won the innovation and overall awards for the imaginative way in which they developed alternative proposals to enable the road to pass the embankment which carries the Birmingham to Gloucester Railway and Birmingham Canal.
And the team that delivered the construction of the underbridges as part of the same project won the Construction Award.
Prizes were also presented to the partners involved in Birmingham City Council’s £2.7b project to transform 2,500km of roads, footways and tunnels, the team involved in the delivery of the Moor Street Station enhancement project, the Engineers for Overseas Development West Midlands charitable organisation and the Coventry City Centre to Holbrooks via Jubilee Crescent bus route project team.
Damian McGettrick, chairman of ICE West Midlands, said: “Birmingham has seen some major civil engineering projects coming to fruition this year which is reflected in the winners at the awards.
“The Selly Oak New Road Phase 2 has required a huge amount of planning and design and delivery in order to deliver a vital scheme without significant disruption to commuters and local communities.
“Such challenges are ones faced every day by civil engineers and the awards have been an opportunity to recognise the contribution they make to society.
“I want to congratulate all of the winners and highly commended projects for the manner in which, in a number of ways, they showed excellence in civil engineering.”
The ICE West Midlands Awards 2011 winners:
* Innovation Award and Overall Winner – Selly Oak New Road Phase 2 (design) by Birmingham City Council with Tony Gee and Partners LLP, Birse Civils, Network Rail, British Waterways and Gifford Consulting Engineers. Highly commended – The Cube
* Sustainability Award – Birmingham City Council Highway Maintenance and Management Service (PFI) by Birmingham City Council and Amey. Highly commended – Selly Oak New Road Phase 2 (design & build)
* Heritage Award – Moor Street Station Enhancement by Chiltern Railways with Carillion and Mott McDonald. Highly commended – Minsterley Bridge
* Education Award – Engineers for Overseas Development West Midlands.
* Construction Award – Selly Oak New Road Phase 2, Railway Underbridge 18a by Birmingham City Council with Birse Rail and Birse Civils. Highly commended – Rugby Western Relief Road.
* Partnership Award – Coventry City Centre to Holbrooks via Jubilee Crescent by Coventry City Council with Centro and National Express Coventry.
* Communications Award – Bewdley Town Centre Mains Replacement by Severn Trent Water with Enterprise Plc and Worcestershire Highways.