World Infrastructure Awards 2013: Temporary Works category

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We are delighted to announce that as part of our ongoing programme to highlight innovation in engineering and construction, we are launching an award dedicated to temporary works.

The Costa Concordia tragedy has, through a sad twist of fate, managed to bring engineering skills to the public domain, an event that is all too rare. We aim to showcase other smaller but still vital examples of innovative engineering that are happening every day, but going unnoticed.


This initiative has been part inspired by the recent co-winner of the Transport Category, the Port Botany Expansion Project in Sydney, Australia by Baulderstone + Jan de Nul (Joint Venture) which impressed the judges with their contemporary construction process which implemented new construction methodologies, including production and transportation of the 640 tonne precast concrete counterfort units, setting a benchmark and establishing new technical standards in design and construction for future infrastructure projects.

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This new category will encompass all the three main award sectors of Transport, Energy and Water and will get down to the technical details and ingenuity applied by engineers to enable their projects to get delivered on time and on budget.

The Temporary Works Award will launch on October 1st, when more details will be available on the website.

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Terenez Bridge and Port Botany Expansion announced as joint winners of World Infrastructure Awards for Transport


The inaugural World Infrastructure Awards judging session was a resounding success, with a team of esteemed judges slugging it out over a wealth of innovative, daring and beautiful projects.

We were happy to welcome Buro Happold infrastructure expert Philip Bates, Arup’s Global Infrastructure Practice Chair Peter Chamley, European Investment Bank Urban Planning advisor Brian Field, Beckett Rankine Director and maritime civil engineer Gordon Rankine, and Strategic Transport Director for Atkins Andy Southern to our panel.

The scrutinised projects offered a truly global spread, with ports, airports, roads and bridges and tunnels strongly represented. The contenders ranged from spiralling, neon-lit footbridges to record-breaking tunnelling endeavours; from brazen pieces of infrastructure-as-public-art to hulking monoliths that somehow melted into their desolate surroundings.

Such was the strength of the pack, our judges found it impossible to settle on one winning project. Hence, joint winners were necessary. First to stop the judges in their tracks was the Port Botany Expansion Project in Sydney, by Baulderstone and Jan de Nul. With their engineering hats on, Peter and Gordon glowed over the innovative use of precast counterfort retaining wall units, and the unique radial crane system used for efficient on-site casting. The rest of the panel marvelled at the “scale and ingenuity” of the project, which no doubt represents the pinnacle of port engineering – perhaps the unsung hero of the infrastructure world.

Secondly, the panel could not tear their eyes from the gorgeous images of the Terenez Bridge in France – by SETRA, Virlogeux, Lavigne-Chéron Architectes and ARCADIS. The bridge’s eye-catching curve not only provides “excellent aesthetics”, the judges agreed, but elegantly accommodates the pre-existing curvature of the road. This graceful response to a brief, in a “stunning” combination of engineering and design, left our judges universally wowed.

Two bridge projects were selected for high commendation by the judges. First, the US-191 Colorado River Bridge, by FIGG, was upheld as a triumph of design in the arid, red setting of Moab. The subtle beauty of its red arches, mirroring the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty, was ruminated on as a fabulous example of infrastructure complimenting the natural environment.

Second, the Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement project, by Buckland & Taylor, was chosen to be highly commended. The panel was bowled over by the time-saving lateral thinking and ingenuity inherent in the project, which sees a new bridge constructed then slid into place onto existing foundations.

So, after the dust settled, we were left to survey two very distinct projects held equally above a shortlist that provided pleasing symmetry and geographic diversity in equal measure: two airports, two bridges, a port and a tunnel project, spread over four continents. This was an extremely difficult choice for our judging panel, who were split precisely down the middle. For this reason we would like to offer both Baulderstone and Jan de Nul, and SETRA, Virlogeux, Lavigne-Chéron Architectes and ARCADIS our earnest congratulations for the joint victory of the inaugural World Infrastructure Awards 2013.

Watch the video of the jury selecting the winners below:

The Jury’s Out

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Yesterday’s inaugural World Infrastructure News Awards judging session was a great success, with a fantastic spread of projects and some passionate, enlightening debate from our team of esteemed judges.

We were happy to welcome Buro Happold infrastructure expert Philip Bates, Arup’s Global Infrastructure Practice Chair Peter Chamley, European Investment Bank Urban Planning advisor Brian Field, Beckett Rankine Director and maritime civil engineer Gordon Rankine, and Strategic Transport Director for Atkins Andy Southern to our panel.

Shortlist announcement to follow.

Alastair Lansley CBE joins jury panel

We are delighted to announce the addition of Alastair Lansley to our transport jury panel. Alastair is a self confessed dyed-in-the-wool railway man and we welcome his input on this panel.

Alastair Lansley CBE was Chief Architect for the CTRL project and is a designer with considerable experience in the multi-disciplinary design of transport interchanges. Working with Nick Derbyshire, he was the project architect for the award-winning redevelopment of London’s Liverpool Street Station and for Ashford International Station in Kent, the gateway to Britain for Eurostar services from Europe.

In 1996, he joined Arup as an Associate Director where he worked for Rail Link Engineering (RLE), the Channel Tunnel Rail Link design and construction management consortium. He led the RLE architectural design team for the reconstruction of St Pancras Station in London as well as for the International Stations at Ebbsfleet and Stratford.

In 2005, he was seconded into Union Railways North as the client’s architect with responsibility for ensuring that all 3 stations were satisfactorily delivered to the client’s requirements.

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April 10, 2013 11:18 am
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