A Mott MacDonald-led team has won the 2003 Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF)/Charles Pankow Award for Innovation awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The award was made for the team’s design and specialist construction advice and supervision on the Boston Central Artery jacked tunnels project in the USA – the largest of its kind in the world. The project involved jacking three full-size interstate highway tunnels, the largest well over 100 metres long each with sections weighing up to 30,000 tonnes, under an operating commuter railway in downtown Boston.

‘Innovation on projects thrives on teamwork and shared success,’ says Alan Powderham, the team’s leader and a Mott MacDonald director. ‘To provide innovation – which is the successful delivery of a creative idea – a team needs to work as a cohesive, unified force and this award is testament of that achievement.’

The Charles Pankow Award for Innovation was established to complement existing industry awards and recognises organisations working collaboratively who introduce innovation to advance the design and construction industry.

Notes for editors

  1. The team led by Alan Powderham of Mott MacDonald and Stephen Taylor of Hatch Mott MacDonald, (Mott MacDonald’s American arm) included Chris Howe of Skanska Construction Ltd, Douglas Allenby of Edmund Nuttall Ltd and John Ropkins of John Ropkins Ltd.
  2. Other awards the project has won include International Performance of the Year in the 2003 Quality in Construction Awards, the 2003 Building Award for International Achievement, and in 2002 the BCCB for Consultancy of the Year Award and the British Construction Industry International Award, as well as a being a finalist in the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award.

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