Ground Engineering Awards 2017

Our team on the United Utilities account, along with colleagues from United Utilities, Donegan Civil Engineering and Manchester City Council, has been awarded The Editors Award at the prestigious Ground Engineering Awards 2017 for the Mancunian Way sewer collapse and remediation.

Amey’s award winning project saw a 40 foot sinkhole appear on one of the biggest carriageways and main arterial routes into Manchester during August 2015. Heavy downpours caused a water culvet to collapse destroying the main sewer underneath Mancunian Way. Due to unsafe ground conditions the only way to repair the sewer was to tunnel an entirely new sewer which ran 130 metres under Mancunian Way and install various segmental shafts 7m wide 15m deep while controlling the sewer flows entering the system.
GE Editor Claire Smith described the project as demonstrating team work in its design and delivery, she also described how the team payed significant attention to stakeholder engagement to ensure residents, road users and local businesses’ understood the problem the proposed solution and the progress on site.

Zak Hawarth, Waste Water Account Manager explained: “This was an emergency repair on a very large scale, our main objectives were to get the sewer repaired as quickly as possible and being able to maintain traffic flow through a very busy part of Manchester. Working with our colleagues from our partner organisations we were able to do just that. We are proud to have won such a prestigious award and have what was a particularly challenging project recognised throughout our Industry.”

The sinkhole was a major engineering repair affecting thousands of commuters and residences in the whole area of Manchester which through collaboration working with various governing bodies around the city and our client UU and Manchester city council managed to resolve and install such an extensive repair in a safe manner.

James Burgess, Capital Works Account Manager said: “The sinkhole on Mancunian Way was on such a large scale, we had to work closely with all parties involved to ensure we came up with a collaborative solution. With limited time to plan we had to come up with innovative engineering solutions to be able to construct such a large sewer whilst still maintaining services to the surrounding areas. I don’t think I will ever forget this project and it is an honour for the team to have been recognised through winning this award.”

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