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24 October 2007

Mott MacDonald marks double Channel Tunnel success

Mott MacDonald celebrated as the Channel Tunnel was awarded the Best of the Best Major Projects in the civil engineering category and Channel Tunnel Rail Link- Section 2 won the High Commendation Award at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) this month.

The Best of the Best Major Projects award recognises the most significant and prestigious British engineering project of the last two decades. The Channel Tunnel was the realisation of a 200-year-old dream to connect England and France and has been described as “the civil engineering project of the century”. In 1994 the BCIA judges highlighted the “awesome magnitude of the undertaking and the challenge of bringing it to fruition” and praised the project team for “turning the dream into a reality”.

Mott MacDonald was part of the TransManche Link construction consortium. On the UK side, the Mott MacDonald team was the contractor’s principal designer and responsible for the design of civil and geotechnical works in the UK tunnel sector as well as mechanical and electrical services. The team was also responsible for managing the work of six sub-consultants.

Mott MacDonald’s Managing Director, Keith Howells, was present at the awards ceremony and said, “The Channel Tunnel is the biggest design-and-build project in British civil engineering history and we are delighted that it has won this historic award.”

The panel of judges selected a shortlist of previous major project award winners from the past 20 years. The Channel Tunnel was the Special Award winner in 1994 for an Outstanding Feat of Civil Engineering. This shortlist was then narrowed down by a public vote organised by New Civil Engineer magazine. The final choice of winner was the project the judges felt had the most impressive legacy.

This was not the only award of the evening to be celebrated by the Mott MacDonald team, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link - Section 2 won the High Commendation Award in the Major Project Award category. For over 10 years Mott MacDonald has been the lead partner in the consortium Mott Parsons Gibb (MPG) which has acted throughout as the Project Representative for the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now renamed: HS1 - High Speed One. This second section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link into London completes the dedicated High Speed One route to the Channel Tunnel. It is the first new railway built in England in over 100 years and was commended as "delivering an outstanding example of railway and civil engineering, and demonstrating the best of planning and collaborative working."

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