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Mott MacDonald Bentley and JBA Bentley named finalists at British Construction Industry Awards

Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) and JBA Bentley are proud to have been shortlisted seven times at the 2023 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA).

Being named as finalists across the categories demonstrates the variety of work we deliver and recognises the efforts of all those involved, including our people, clients, and partners.

Upon being shortlisted, director Steve Tetlow, said, “We are pleased to have been named as finalists in the British Construction Industry Awards again this year. The awards are the most prestigious in our sector and recognise real engineering and construction excellence.

“Awards are important because they not only provide external validation for the quality of projects we are delivering with our clients, but they recognise the hard work of our talented teams and suppliers too.

“Well done to everyone involved.”

Shortlisted projects:

Embsay Water Treatment Works – MMB - Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year and Utility Project of the Year

Our project at Embsay for Yorkshire Water addressed several improvements to secure a resilient and reliable supply of clean water, and ensured these solutions were affordable by implementing value engineering based upon PAS2080 design principles – most notably, ‘Build Less’.

We identified an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint by eliminating the need to build new manganese filters, after Moata Carbon Portal showed that over half of the project’s carbon footprint would be in their construction.


Yorkshire Water had previously used catchment-based solutions to address raw water quality and reduce manganese levels. We proposed that process changes to existing plant, rather than constructing new filters, could deliver the same treated water quality parameters. Our solution reduced operating carbon by 130 tonnes of CO2e annually.

Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA) – MMB – Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year and Product Innovation of the Year

MMB is a partner on SPA - one of the largest strategic water infrastructure projects in the UK. Taking a forward thinking and innovative approach, the ambitious project is creating hundreds of kilometres of interconnecting mains and associated pumping equipment, to ensure the region is resilient to the risk of drought by securing water supplies for future generations.

The entire pipeline has been designed to have the lowest carbon footprint possible, in line with Anglian Water’s pledge to reach net zero carbon by 2030. The project has innovation at its heart, unlocking efficiencies at every stage. MMB trialled and proved the validity of a ‘low water’ approach to commissioning that uses air to drive slugs of water between swabs to clean and disinfect the pipes. Traditional commissioning would have required over 1bn litres of water on SPA. Our approach cut this by approximately 95%. You can read all about SPA at Water Projects Online.

Great Yarmouth Tidal Defences – JBA Bentley - Temporary Works Initiative of the Year

One of JBA Bentley’s largest projects for the Environment Agency, the £42.9m flood defence scheme has now reached stage 2 completion and will provide better protection to 4,500 homes and business in Great Yarmouth. Without the development of an innovative temporary works solution to facilitate the major quayside flood defence improvement works, Victorian-era Grist Mill would not have been saved. Tasked with using two 300T cranes working in tandem to feed piles to the waterfront, re-usable steel crane pads meant that the operation could take place within a challenging site constrained in size, sitting on a plethora of buried services and surrounded by residents and businesses. The approach made the project viable and at the same time eliminated 9,000 tonnes of stone from the temporary works solution, and reduced carbon by 78%.

Read more about the project in this Environment Agency article published on the Government website.

Mill Fleam Pumping Station (Project MUNIO) – JBA Bentley – Environmental Project of the Year

The £8m scheme – which recently won Medium Project of the Year at the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards - is a key piece of flood defence infrastructure, providing heightened protection in Derby city centre during heavy rainfall, an area that has suffered historic river and surface water flooding.

Several innovations helped overcome space and time constraints, including 3D and augmented reality to improve resource use and safety; off-site and factory manufactured products reducing site-time and enhancing quality; and collaborative design, commissioning, construction and client teams, ensuring the right solution at the right time. Embodied carbon was monitored and removed, and environmental enhancements implemented, as well as ecological management to reduce disturbance to local bat species.

Bradford Beck Culvert Remediation Scheme – JBA Bentley - Upgrade and Renewal Project of the Year

An excellent example of the benefits of early contractor involvement, this scheme saw JBA Bentley carry out urgent repairs to the cast iron beams spanning the culvert underneath the former Bradford Odeon cinema, to maintain the structural integrity of the building ahead of major renovations. The solution delivered significant cost savings compared with alternative solutions and meant works to transform the venue were not delayed. - Colleagues will present to BCIA judges in September before the winners are announced at a ceremony in October. Find out more about the BCIA awards, including a full list of those shortlisted, here. - Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news from around the organisation.For more information contact:



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