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Shortlisted for Three Ground Engineering 2022 Awards

Shortlisted for Three Ground Engineering 2022 Awards

ByrneLooby An Ayesa Company has been shortlisted for two award categories with Ayesa shortlisted for geotechnical team of the year.


This year we have achieved two shortlists for the Ground Engineering Awards 2022.  Design engineer Jack Green has been nominated and shortlisted for the Rising Star category. Our second shortlist includes our Wadhurst Cutting project (joint submission with BAM Ritches, and BAM Nuttall) led by geotechnical director Chris Gough, Jack Green and the Guildford team. Our parent company Ayesa has also achieved a shortlist under the Geotechnical team of the year for their work on the Silvertown Tunnel (joint submission with Cowi, Riverlinx CJV).

1. Rising Star Award 

This is for UK-based geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineers with up to five years of industry experience, who have shown innovative thinking, astute business acumen, made a significant contribution to a project, or demonstrated technical ability through research. 
They will be judged on all-round ability - not only academic and work-related achievements - but also their enthusiasm for geotechnical or geo-environmental engineering. 

Entrant - Jack Green

Jack is a Design Engineer with four and a half years in the industry. Graduating with a Master's in Engineering Geology in 2017, Jack spent two years with XEIAD as an Assistant Engineer assisting infrastructure examinations. In 2019, He led investigations for the Byrnelooby/Ayesa team on Runcorn Bridge and the M25 critical infrastructure package. As a result of his hard work, creativity, and initiative, he was promoted to Design Engineer within nine months. Jack takes a proactive approach to his role and has introduced several new initiatives/ideas that have increased efficiencies for colleagues at ByrneLooby/Ayesa.


2. UK Project with a Geotechnical Value over £3M -  Wadhurst Cutting London End

This is for a ground engineering scheme (as a standalone project or part of a larger development) with a contract value of over £3M that stands out in terms of its credentials in innovation, sustainability, health and safety, and value engineering. The entrant must explain and provide evidence to demonstrate what exceptional measures were taken or innovative techniques were used to result in the project being delivered above the expected standard. A key element in deciding the winner will be the contribution of the entrant to the overall delivery of a project.

Entry - Wadhurst Cutting London End
The Wadhurst Cutting project is an excellent example of collaboration to produce outstanding results for the client, BAM Ritchies/Nuttall. The value engineering work carried out by our team significantly reduced both the cost and programme of the project and the close relationship between the project team (BAM Ritchies/Nuttall/ByrneLooby-Ayesa allowed for any construction issues to be mitigated quickly and correctly. The steep cutting was dug more than 170 years ago and has suffered from several landslips in recent years, causing significant disruption to passengers on this key line of route between the coast and central London. The stabilisation work will mean more reliable train services between the capital and Hastings and is expected to be secure with a lifespan of at least 60 years.


3. UK Geotechnical Team of the year 

This award is open to any multi-company collaborative project team involved in the UK geotechnical industry either on a specific project or as part of a framework on multiple projects. To be successful the project team should demonstrate the team culture which led to improved project delivery, the project team's mutual goals, and joint activities highlighting outstanding performance.

Entry - Silvertown Tunnel
Ayesa was appointed as the lead designer for the Riverlinx CJV consortium of FerrovialBAM PPP PGGM, SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, who will collectively deliver this inspiring 1.4km twin-bore road tunnel under the river Thames – the first for London in over 30 years, with an estimated capital cost of 1,400million euros. Ayesa's geotechnical team headed by Robert Sizer is responsible for the design of the geotechnical and structural design of the temporary and permanent works of the cut and cover tunnels, three massive complex TBM shafts, portal structures and open-cut structures. The new infrastructure will connect Silvertown to East London, helping to eliminate the environmental impacts of traffic pollution, and traffic congestion and aid better connectivity across the capital city to new residential developments and communities. 



About  ByrneLooby An Ayesa Company


ByrneLooby is proud to be part of Ayesa. Ayesa has almost 6,000 staff members based in 20 countries around the globe. Ayesa's engineering work covers numerous fields with a market-leading international reputation in infrastructure, water conveyance, and treatment systems, transport, marine, waste management, aeronautics, and defense. Ayesa is also a consolidated technology consultancy, an expert in the digital transformation of large companies such as utilities and technological solutions for public institutions.

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Siobhan Warfield-Beattie - ByrneLooby Senior Marketing Manager  
Tel: +353 86 8372328

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