Judges at last night’s Fleming Award event commented the project team that delivered the remediation of Chalk mines in Chantry Lane in Hatfield for its team work, communication and excellent execution in announcing the scheme as the winner.
The work by Bam Ritchies, Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council, Mace, Arcadis Consulting on the mine remediation beat off competition from deep basement projects at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum to win the award.
The annual award commemorates the life and work of Cementation Skanska’s Ken Fleming and aims to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project.
Presentations were given by Arup, AL_A, Wates Construction on Deep Basement for Exhibition Road Building, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bam Ritchies, Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council, Mace, Arcadis Consulting on Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Remediation, Hatfield; and by Ramboll, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Mace, Arup, Bachy Soletanche, Keller, P J Carey, Rowecord, GIG Fassaden on Deep Basement for British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre, London.
The judging panel was formed by BGA committee representative Yvonne Ainsworth, Cementation Skanska’s Jonathan Morrison and Mott MacDonald’s Peter Rutty. In announcing the winner, Ainsworth said that the panel enjoyed all three presentations and deciding on the winner was not an easy task. “Chantry Lane won as a result of the endorsement of the work by one of the most important stakeholders – the chairman of the Chantry Lane Chalk Mine Action Group,” she said.
While the judging panel decided on the winner, Arup director Duncan Nicholson gave a talk about use of the observational method and the guidance that will be offered on the topic for embedded retaining walls by Ciria’s new C760 report which is due to be published next year.