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Fleming Award finalists announced

Chalk mine remediation will go head to head with two major London basement schemes in this year’s Fleming Award event, it has been revealed.

The British Geotechnical Association has announced that the finalists for the event are the deep basement works at the Victoria and Albert Museum, construction of the deep basement for the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre and Chantry Lane Chalk mine remediation.

The project teams will present their work to an audience and judging panel at the ICE on 9 December and the winner will be named at the end of the evening.

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.

While the judges reach their decision, a keynote lecture will be delivered by the 2015 Skempton Medal Award winner, Duncan Nicholson of Arup, on Developments in the Observational Method for Retaining Walls. The presentation will review the background to the observational method process and introduce the new holistic approach to the observational method set out in the revised Ciria report C580 (renamed C760). 

The award will be presented to the winning team following Nicholson’s lecture and will be followed by a post-event drinks reception sponsored by Cementation Skanska.

The shortlist in full:

  • Deep Basement for Exhibition Road Building, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    Arup, AL_A, Wates Construction
  • Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Remediation, Hatfield
    Bam Ritchies, Welwyn and Hatfield BC, Mace, Arcadis Consulting
  • Deep Basement for British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre, London
    Ramboll, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Mace, Arup, Bachy Soletanche, Keller, P J Carey, Rowecord, GIG Fassaden


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