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03 November 2017

JN Bentley wins prestigious British Construction Industry Award

JN Bentley’s contribution to the Grafham Resilience project has helped the team win the Carbon Reduction Project of the Year Award at the prestigious British Construction Industry Awards 2017.

The winners of the 30th British Construction Industry Awards were announced at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, where the best in project delivery, design, construction and societal outcomes were celebrated.

The Grafham Resilience project, delivered in close collaboration with client Anglian Water and designer Mott MacDonald, has provided added resilience to the water supplies to major towns including Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford and Milton Keynes.

The scheme has involved the construction of a new 40ML storage reservoir, new pumping station, pipelines and inline package booster stations at 15 sites across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

It was the project’s innovative approach to minimising its impact on the environment that most impressed the judges. By reusing existing assets as opposed to constructing new, including the ability to reverse flows in existing pipelines, CAPEX savings in excess of £30m were achieved, as well as a reduction in embodied carbon of 61% against the original solution.

JN Bentley Operations Director, Angus Ridge, said, "JN Bentley is delighted to have been recognised at the British Construction Industry Awards. The project has given us opportunity to showcase our innovative approach to civil engineering, and how close collaboration between the whole project team can yield impressive results not only for the bottom-line, but for carbon reduction too.

"It is just reward for the team who have worked exceptionally hard for over five years to challenge the original scope, prove the viability of an alternative solution, and ultimately construct a first-class project.”

Grafham Resilience also made the shortlist in the Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£10m to £50m) category, and was visited last year by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who officially opened the new reservoir.

The project also picked up three awards at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) East of England Merit Awards for Physical Achievement, Technical Excellence and Innovation and Sustainability, and has been shortlisted for the Project Achievement Award at the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) Awards. Winners will be announced in November.

The project was recently featured in UK Water Projects magazine – you can read a detailed case study on the project in the online edition of the publication.

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