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22 May 2008

Mott MacDonald quadruple success at Constructing Excellence North East awards

Newcastle-based management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald walked away from the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2008 with a spectacular four accolades following the awards ceremony in Newcastle this month.

Mott MacDonald’s work for the Scottish Government in producing the guidelines ‘School Design: Optimising the Internal Environment’ won the CIBSE Building Services Best Practice Award, while the Shiremoor Flood Relief Project scooped three Highly Commended accolades.

Mott MacDonald's Gordon Hudson, David Corr and Alan Hymers joined over 500 guests at the awards, which celebrate the achievements of the construction industry in the North East.

Commenting on Mott MacDonald’s overall success, Gordon Hudson said: “This has been an absolutely fantastic night for us - we are delighted to be recognised by our peers in the industry. The award and commendations are a tribute to the diversity of both the skills and sector knowledge of Mott MacDonald staff working on a wide-range of projects in the North East.”

The CIBSE Building Services Best Practice Award recognises Mott MacDonald’s and property consultants Drivers Jonas’ school design guidance project for Scottish Local Authorities, commissioned by the Scottish Government. The initial work was a scoping study to investigate the environmental design of Scottish schools. Mott MacDonald carried out research into school design standards, liaised with various client and design partners, and was lead author for the final publication. The project also included contributions from Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and acoustic specialists, Hawksmoor.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government commented, "This was a well managed project that delivered an excellent output. We are pleased that the key team members and the guidance document have been recognised through this award."

The Shiremoor Flood Relief Project for client Northumbrian Water was Highly Commended in the Integration and Collaborative Working, Innovation and Project of the Year categories. The Shiremoor scheme involved upgrading a 2.5 kilometre section of sewerage network and the installation of a 6000 cubic metre storage tank to reduce the risk of flooding to properties and land in the Shiremoor and Wellfield estates areas. The storage tank was constructed using a series of 2.1 m diameter high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, the largest tank of its type using this material in the UK.

Mott MacDonald produced a pre-feasibility report and feasibility study and provided design services, construction supervision, project management and planning supervision. Mott MacDonald worked with Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors on the project, which has received a very positive response from local residents and the local MP, Stephen Byers.

Mott MacDonald has over 80 staff employed in its Newcastle and Durham offices. With roots in the North East dating back to the turn of the last century, the consultancy has engineered many of the regions iconic landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge, Tyne and Wear Metro, The Sage Gateshead, The International Centre for Life and most recently the new City Library. Mott MacDonald also has a long standing framework agreement with Northumbrian water providing planning, detailed design and supervision services to upgrade sections of the water and wastewater networks in the region.


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