Friday, 13th October 2017

Tower Bridge wins British Construction Industry Award

On Wednesday 11th October, Principal Consultant Katie Anderton joined colleagues at BAM Nuttall and COWI for the British Construction Industry Awards 2017. Tower Bridge was shortlisted in two categories for the re-decking and re-surfacing upgrade works completed between October and December 2016. The project won the Civil Engineering Project of the Year (up to £10m).

After months of planning and design work, the bridge closed to road traffic to allow for crucial maintenance and upgrade works to the lifting mechanisms, replacing the timber decking and resurfacing roads and walkways, replacing expansion joints along the bridge and waterproofing the brick arches that form the approach to the bridge. Challenges of this was to maintain flexibility to allow for passing river traffic at 24 hours’ notice due to an Act of Parliament which give priority to river users and maintaining pedestrian access remained open throughout the works (aside from 1 weekend closure).

BAM Nutall, who ran the project on behalf of the City of London, appointed Temple as the Environment, Planning and Stakeholder Lead for the project. We also provided construction noise monitoring and S61 consents.

On behalf of BAM Nuttall we worked with local planning authorities to explain the extent of the works and justification for the use of Permitted Development Rights and apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development to both London Borough of Southwark and Tower Hamlets. We undertook early engagement work with Historic England, allowing them to make a pragmatic decision that no Listed Building Consent was required. Mid-way through the project we worked with TfL to develop collateral, fact sheets and advertisements to ensure stakeholders were aware of the upcoming road closures and appropriate diversion routes for road and cycle users. We also provided BAM Nuttall with stakeholder and community engagement support prior to and during the works, which included several months engaging with local stakeholders and communities.

During the three-month closure, we were instructed to monitor the construction noise levels on the site and managing noise complaints. Our benefit to the project meant that we could quickly respond to stakeholders who logged noise complaints and track the issue to help avoid further complaints.

The British Construction Industry Awards are the only awards that call on the whole project team to showcase their work and demonstrate its impact on society. During the process, judges visit all shortlisted completed projects and carried out rigorous interviews with the rest.

Congratulations to all winners on the night and especially to the Tower Bridge team for their wonderful achievement.