Hammersmith Flyover Project Recognised with Two Industry Awards

04 April 2013

Leading public services provider Amey has been presented with two awards for its innovative approach with Transport for London (TfL) to strengthen the Hammersmith Flyover in London.

Amey, in partnership with TfL, was recognised twice on the same evening, firstly at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards for their approach to emergency engineering and secondly they were presented with the award for the most innovative transport project at the London Transport Awards.

Both accolades were awarded for the remedial work on the Hammersmith Flyover after it was closed in December 2011 after structural assessments identified serious defects in the post tensioning system.

In partnership with TfL, Amey devised a new system that could be retrofitted to the structure, and would work in conjunction with the existing post tensioning system.

Amey’s end to end capability provided early contractor involvement allowing the site team to progress advanced works whilst designs were still being finalised. This ensured that any issues were identified and rectified avoiding delays to the project.

It also meant that the flyover returned to full load capacity by late May as vital maintenance was carried out whilst traffic was kept flowing, allowing it to perform as a key artery on the Olympic Route Network. 

Through innovative and collaborative working, the project was completed in just five months, reducing the project completion date by 19 months had traditional approaches been employed.

Alex Gilbert associate director for Amey said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the ICE and the London Transport Awards for our work on the Hammersmith Flyover. The award demonstrates the team’s commitment to introducing innovation whilst ensuring the project was completed in an efficient, timely and safe manner.” 

Dana Skelley, Director of Roads at TfL said: “Working collaboratively with our specialist supply chain to repair the Hammersmith Flyover has provided a real demonstration of what the construction industry can achieve when it puts its mind to the task. The project saw innovation, a range of construction techniques, good communication with the travelling public and those impacted by the work, this project was completed ahead of schedule and allowed it to play a vital role in keeping traffic moving during the memorable 2012 summer.”

Throughout the project, the team overcame many safety challenges including; the close proximity and high volume of traffic, as well as working in confined spaces. Amey’s commitment to zero accidents drove a culture of behavioural safety on the site which saw more than 700 safety inductions carried out as well as achieving 169,000 people hours without a serious accident.