CECA NW Awards 2015

Date: 02 November 2015

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In front of a packed audience, at the annual Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North West dinner, held at the Manchester Hilton on Friday 30 October 2015, this year’s award winners were announced:

Project of the Year was won by Bolton-based Bethell Construction, Stockport MBC Strategic Alliance Partner, for the Lancashire Bridge Redevelopment - a project that involved determining whether to demolish, reconstruct or repair a town centre culvert, and resulted in the creation of a stunning feature in the centre of Stockport.

Highly commended were the creation of the world’s first onshore surfing lagoon at Surf Snowdonia, by D Morgan of Ellesmere Port; and the reinstatement of the Chorley ‘flying arches’ by J Murphy & Sons - major works to Chorley Tunnel in order to allow for future electrification of the railway between Manchester and Preston.

Young Professional of the Year was Zoe Stericker of BAM Nuttall, who started her career as a civil engineering apprentice, and whose focus and determination led her to become a section engineer while achieving a first class honours degree in civil engineering. Commented Zoe, ‘My proudest moment and greatest challenge was on a rail bridge reconstruction in St. Bees, Cumbria. This involved mapping the whole beach, monitoring weather and tidal effects and assessing all loadings which would be applied to the sand, plus liaising with the Marine Management Organisation, Copeland Borough Council, Environment Agency and RNLI.’

Highly commended was Sam Hughes of John Sisk & Son, a graduate engineer with a can do attitude and a desire to do things right, addressing both engineering and environmental challenges.

Collaborative Partnership Award. This is a new award, and the winner was the Staffordshire Alliance - a partnership charged with delivering enhanced capacity on the West Coast rail line, comprising Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail, Volker Rail and the lead earthworks contractor, D Morgan.

Highly commended was the Environment Team of the Carillion-Morgan Sindall joint venture, delivering the A6 - Manchester Airport Relief Road project.

Another new award was for Innovation and Sustainability. The winner was J Murphy & Sons, for the installation of an innovative fibre reinforced polymer aqueduct, to carry a river over a railway line in Chorley.

Highly commended were Costain’s Behavioural Safety team for the Heysham – M6 link; and a new software package for construction industry that assures compliance with BIM, called Sitedesk and introduced by ACS Construction Group of Cheadle Hulme.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was John Tolputt, Managing Director and founder of Chinley-based, CT Construction. Mr Tolputt’s career spans over 50 years since he became chartered in 1961, working on major projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. After establishing the Manchester office of Christiani & Neilsen, he founded his own company in 1992.

Dinner was preceded by the keynote address, given by the Government’s Chief Construction Advisor, Peter Hansford.

Over 300 professionals attended the dinner, and the broadcasters and former footballers, Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson, gave the after dinner speech.

Commented Director of CECA NW, Guy Lawson, ‘My congratulations go to all the very worthy award winners. While the good news of growing workloads is tempered by capacity issues and margins affected by rising prices, it was very encouraging that the dinner was attended by a record number. The North West civil engineering sector is set to become one of the busiest UK regions, and the excellent submissions for the Awards speak volumes about the capability of businesses in the region to deliver excellent projects, time after time.’


The dinner was preceded by a series of industry presentations during the afternoon, from:

Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Advisor to the Government

Paul Fenwick, Construction Director for Mersey Gateway

Chris Lane, SCM Strategic Business Partner, United Utilities

Julie Sharman, Head of Asset Management and Performance at Canal & River Trust

John Holden, Director of Economic Strategy, Manchester Growth Company

Nichola Wallworth, Greater Manchester STEM Development Manager

Professor Peter McDermott, Professor of Construction Management/Procurement, University of Salford

Jack Edwards, Cheetham Hill Construction, Young Professional of the Year 2014