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UK Geotechnical Team of the Year

This award was open to any multi-company collaborative project team involved in the UK geotechnical industry. The success of the project team had to be demonstrated with reference to collaborative working on a UK geotechnical project; how the team culture led to improved project deliver; evidence of how the entire project team were focused on mutual goals; and joint activities that highlight outstanding performance.

Entries had to demonstrate how the project team stood out against its competitors and how its performance or initiatives in the last 12 months have either boosted its rate of delivery or produced outstanding results. 

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Alun Griffiths (Contractors)

Cambrian Rock Cutting Campaign

alun griffiths

alun griffiths

The mutually supportive and collaborative partnership between the Griffiths Geotechnical Team; Network Rail Buildings and Civils Design Group; and Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects, means that projects can be delivered with a shared focus on best design, safety and value engineered solutions.

Working together on the Cambrian Rock Cutting Campaign, Griffiths delivered the works including access, methodology, line blocks and core possession, and liaison with netting companies and other suppliers, whilst Network Rail Buildings & Civils Design Group focussed on the most efficient design to stabilise the areas.


A14 geotechnical Team

a14 ermine street cutting

a14 ermine street cutting

The £1.5bn A14 improvement scheme is not only Highways England’s current flagship project, but also the first to be delivered under its collaborative framework.

The geotechnical team played a crucial role in delivering the geotechnical and geo-environmental detailed design of this extremely large and complex project within the very short timescale available. The team’s collaborative working was paramount to its success ensuring that constraints and risks to deliverables were identified and managed to achieve overall project goals.

The 37km scheme included 6km of road widening, 20km of new dual carriageway, a 750m long viaduct, 29km of new cycle and walking routes, 32 new crossings, and 112km of utility services diversions.

Bam Nuttall Mott Macdonald JV

Exeter Flood Alleviation scheme (phase 2)

exeter flood

exeter flood

Appointed by the Environment Agency to deliver phase 2 of the scheme, the JV set about creating a team to deliver this challenging project.

The team collaborated continuously with all stakeholders and specialist subcontractors to achieve the optimum solution for each of the 20 locations along the 5km section of the River Exe and this aided the JV in choosing quality over the cheapest options. This was achieved through design innovation, and a good working relationship with subcontractors to develop the methodologies to deliver results and avoid disruption.





Delivering a project that was considered impossible 15 years ago, the team is helping to deliver a five-level basement beneath Claridge’s while the hotel remains fully operational.

Having been advised by successive consultants and contractors that the hotel would have to close during the works, the McGee-Arup-RKD team came up with a solution.

Through weekly workshops, the team developed a buildable solution rapidly – from feasibility to construction in six months. Each discipline was fully engaged with crossover between design, construction and temporary works ensuring that everybody fully understood the project. 

NNB EDF Energy

Hinkley Point C geotechnical team

edf energy

edf energy

Made up of eight different companies, the Hinkley Point C geotechnical team has a wide knowledge base shared via a one team approach, despite the challenges presented by the complexity and size of the project.

Ground conditions across the 400ha site are worse than expected in localised areas and the team has worked together to mitigate delays and financial implications. Recording field observations using 360° high definition geo-referenced pictures based on photogrammetry technology has enabled the efficient and accurate mapping and production of high quality life-time records.

Soil Engineering Geoservices with HS2

HS2 geotechnical team

seg and hs2

seg and hs2

Delivering over £10M of ground investigation in just 12 months, Soil Engineering Geoservices and HS2 worked together to deliver high quality data for maximum value for money.

Through mutual cooperation and early engagement, it was possible to ensure a steady flow of resources to maximise the impact. Open dialogue between the project teams at both HS2 and Soil Engineering allowed both greater forward planning, flexibility, and decrease in downtime, especially when specialist contractors were undertaking work across multiple sites.


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