SWAR picks up top prize at industry awards

27 July 2021
An ariel view of an industrial estate.
Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and Amey are celebrating after picking up the Innovation award at the West Midlands Chartered Institute for Highways and Transport (CIHT) awards, for the Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR) scheme, at a virtual awards ceremony on 15 July 2021.

The £63million, multi-disciplinary, 1.2km strategic link scheme, that connects the A34 Foregate Street (north of Stafford) with A518 Newport Road (west of Stafford) was recognised for its innovative and collaborative approaches adopted from inception through to delivery and beyond.

The scheme which will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place and improve traffic flow in the town centre was crowned winner in the Innovation category but was also Highly Commended in the categories, Best Large Project and Collaboration award.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said: “The Stafford Western Access Route project has been one of largest highways schemes we have undertaken in the last two decades. The team behind it has been excellent – and another industry award for the project is well deserved. It has worked hard throughout the pandemic to keep the project on schedule and ensured there has been ongoing communication with local residents and businesses.”

The winning innovation entry focusses on the complexities of the scheme, which has been designed by Amey’s in-house consultancy business and being constructed by Amey’s Transport Infrastructure business, providing a seamless end-to-end delivery.

Andy Denman, Sector Director for Highways at Amey, said: “Receiving recognition from CIHT for the SWAR scheme shows the fantastic working relationship we have with the County Council to deliver a project of this size and complexity.

“Our teams’ expertise, from design through to construction and our collaborative approach is enabling us to deliver an award-winning scheme that puts the community at the core.”

Back in May 2021, the SWAR scheme was awarded three prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers East and West Midlands awards (ICE) in the categories; Communications, Large Project and Overall Scheme award.

To find out more about the CIHT awards, visit  West Midlands | CIHT

The ICE awards can be visited here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6796081096716017664/

To take a birds-eye view of the scheme, https://youtu.be/7R2KqTxQYbs