A fresh look at traditional methods secured Claridge’s basement project the Cementation Skanska-sponsored 2018 Fleming Award last night.
The winning team presented their work alongside two other projects in front of an audience and a panel of three judges - Patrick Cox of Aecom, Ken Ryder of Cementation Skanska and Martyn Ellis of Socotec – at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The Fleming Award is organised by the British Geotechnical Association and is given annually to commemorate the life and work of former Cementation Skanska chief engineer Ken Fleming and to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics, teamwork, expertise and innovation.
The other projects presented were the Gardenstown landslide stabilisation by Atkins, BAM Ritchies and Aberdeenshire Council, and the A77 Cairnryan slip remediation by WSP UK, Scotland Transerv, Raynesway and Transport Scotland
Cox, who chaired the judging panel, said that the Claridge’s hotel was the standout project on the night. “It really did standout in terms of rigour, technical complexity and innovation that ran through the project from start to finish.
“It was a bold project that took a fresh look at traditional methods,” Cox added.
During the presentation, the Claridge’s team made up of Jim Mackey and Michelle Mackey of McGee, Adam Pellow of RKD and Arup’s Dinesh Patel, outlined the complexity of creating a five storey basement whilst the hotel remained open.
GE visited the Clardige’s site earlier this year – read our feature here.
The project team was presented with a cheque for £1,000 from Cementation Skanska.
During the judging JRL Civil Engineering general manager Yvonne Ainsworth urged the industry to address the risk/value paradox during her keynote lecture.