Walton Bridge Project tops the Awards – Again
Walton Bridge in the Thames Valley, a major infrastructure project that Walters have been involved with for the past two years, has won yet another prestigious infrastructure award from the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The breadth of short-listed entries for the Engineering Excellence Award in South East England covered everything from new road schemes, junction improvements, smart motorways, flood defences, water treatment, new water pipelines, iconic buildings, railway station upgrades, new bridges and river lock repairs – highlights the crucial work of civil engineers in helping tackle the region’s triple concerns of booming population, climate change, and ageing infrastructure.
The award recognised an iconic structure that stands out in the landscape, while maintaining a vital community and commercial link carrying 34,000 vehicles and 600 pedestrians and cyclists daily. It is the first new Thames river road crossing for over twenty years.
Commenting on the project, ICE Thames Valley Branch Chairman, Andrew Richards, said:
“The judges recognised immediately that this project was in a league of its own for Engineering Excellence.”
“The new Walton Bridge has replaced two life-expired and rather ordinary bridges that carried 34,000 vehicles a day. It is an iconic structure that stands out in the landscape making an engineering statement of its purpose.”
“The judges particularly noted that the project was completed with no accidents or reportable incidents.”
“The project team is to be heartily congratulated on this showpiece example of Civil Engineering at its best.”
The Walters project team were led by Contracts Manager Paul Baker and Site Foreman Ieuan Roberts and this latest award joins the following long list of awards already won by the project team:
- Highways Excellence 2013 – Major Project – Winner
- ICE London 2014 – Community Award – Winner
- ICE South East 2014 – Best Overall Project – Winner
- NEC3 Contractor of the Year Award 2014 – Winner
- Considerate Constructors – Gold
- RoSPA – Silver
- CIHT 2014 – Major Project – Highly Commended
The photograph shows Ieuan and the site team proudly displaying their Engineering Excellence Award.