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25 October 2019

Success for MMB and JBA Bentley at British Construction Industry Awards

JN Bentley joint venture companies Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) and JBA Bentley have been recognised for engineering excellence at the 2019 British Construction Industry Awards.

Labelled the most prestigious awards in the built environment sector, the British Construction Industry Awards recognise and reward excellence in project delivery, celebrating the best and brightest of the industry.

At a ceremony held at London’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, MMB scooped the Utility Project of the Year award for the North Wales Sludge Strategy, and JBA Bentley picked up the Temporary Works Initiative of the Year award for a project at the Foss Barrier in York.

Utility Project of the Year: North Wales Sludge Strategy

The North Wales Sludge Strategy sees biosolids from satellite sites across North Wales all treated at Five Fords Wastewater Treatment Works, where a new advanced anaerobic digestion (AAD) plant increases biogas yields and produces a high-quality soil conditioner.

BCIA judges said they were, "very impressed by the early stage research and strategic risk assessment that allowed the single treatment plant to be adopted. The facility is a ‘win win’ in terms of disposal of a waste product and producing clean energy."

They praised the MMB team further, saying on site they had met, "a passionate team who have clearly loved this project, and delivered efficiently and effectively. A great project."

Dan Buxton, MMB Design Manager for the North Wales Sludge Strategy, said, "This is an amazing achievement for everyone involved - a big well done to every member of the team.

"Everyone who has contributed to helping reduce capital investment by £15M, reduce whole life costs by £40M, and deliver the works safely and to programme on site should all be immensely proud of this well-deserved award."

Learn more about the North Wales Sludge Strategy in UK Water Projects.

Temporary Works Initiative of the Year (Civil Engineering): Foss Barrier

JBA Bentley (JBAB) – a joint venture between JN Bentley and water and environmental consultants Jeremy Benn Associates - received the Temporary Works Initiative of the Year for their work at the Foss Barrier in York.

The works to recover the Foss Barrier and pumping station have seen JBAB involvement ever since the day the most severe floods in a generation hit York in December 2015. An initial complex temporary works solution has been followed by permanent works to upgrade the site.

BCIA judges praised the exemplary teamwork and passion demonstrated by the teams working on both projects, testament to their commitment to delivering successful outcomes for the client.

The judges said, "Here was exemplary teamwork with all working to a common objective. This interim, temporary solution bought time to enable the final solution to be developed fully, whilst protecting about 1,200 properties from flooding in York."

They also praised the one team approach, saying, "It was great to see the client and contractor at the presentation working well together."

JBA Bentley Operations Director, Ian Bester said, "Winning this British Construction Industry Award is a great achievement for everyone who has been involved in the project at the Foss Barrier; I’m very proud of our team.

"The team has worked with great determination and skill to engineer a complex temporary solution that maintained flood defences to the city whilst the permanent works were built off-line.

"The outcome will bring major benefits to the city of York for decades to come, and I’m pleased that JBA Bentley has been recognised for its involvement in these prestigious works."

Learn more about the road to recovery at the Foss Barrier in UK Water Projects.


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