AUGUST 2012 PROJECTS AND PEOPLE
MINE THE GAP Australian infrastructure boom for Halcrow – 10
FACELIFT FOR AN OLYMPIC FORGOTTEN SLICE EFFORT OF HISTORY Employee volunteers bring Derelict canal revived – 16 A CH2M HILL COMPANY
Games to London – 54
PLUS – Air transport success – Bicentenary of Halcrow founder’s birth – UK apprentices
A solid foundation – 64 Meet project sponsor Rob Clarke
In this issue, we take a look at the multibillion-pound infrastructure network being developed to transport iron ore from Australia’s new Roy Hill mine for export. The global air transport team gives us a tour of its projects around the world, and we speak to the employees behind the mammoth Kishanganga hydroelectric scheme in India.
IRON AGE SPARKS GOLD RUSH STEPPING UP TO A GREENER FUTURE FACELIFT FOR FORGOTTEN SLICE OF HISTORY WIND OF CHANGE CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF RAIL PROJECT PULLS TO THE FINISH LINE TAKE THE HIGHWAY CENTRE OF ATTENTION RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH FLUSH WITH SUCCESS GRAND FINALE TIME AND TIDE
With the eyes of the world trained on London, we catch up with some of the employees helping to ensure the 2012 Games are remembered for all the right reasons. We meet the Halcrow apprentices taking an alternative route towards a career in engineering, and we chat to Halcrow Foundation project sponsor Rob Clarke - a man on a mission to improve conditions for residents of Kenya’s informal settlements. Sadly, this is the last issue of Vox. Thanks for your input, feedback and support over the years. Vox team Eloise Young, editor
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HIRED APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE CAREER ROUTE FOR YOUNG ENGINEERS
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I can’t wait to get in to work to find out what I’m going to be working on next” Ray Cantwell, 19, London
ention the word ‘apprentice’ and the first thing many people think of is a middle-aged multimillionaire jabbing a podgy finger at one
dejected candidate and uttering the dreaded statement: “You’re fired.” But beyond the world of television, growing numbers of young people in the UK are electing to learn on the job, with demand for formal apprenticeships far exceeding available places.
“Your work is recognised as professional, rather than just theoretical exercises, and you’re treated as an equal” Bethany Wilson, 18, Leeds
In 2010, responding to the lack of structured alternatives to a traditional graduate career path, Halcrow and a number of its industry partners established an engineering apprenticeship scheme in London and the south east of England. An audible buzz around the programme has seen the original six-strong consortium of consultants expand to include more than 12 companies, comprising a mix of contractors, consultancies and clients. 4 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
“People see how good apprentices are at the end of it – how much knowledge they have of the job” Sean Butler, 19, London
“I’m at college one day a week and get to apply what I’ve learnt on real projects” Zubair Osman, 19, London
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Halcrow’s intake has grown exponentially – from one apprentice in the launch year to four at present – and the company plans to take on more trainees in the future. From an initial focus on the south east, the geographical spread has also increased to include an apprentice in Leeds, while the Worcester office plans to welcome two additions to the team this September. New recruits initially work towards a technician qualification over three years, with the programme providing a potential path all the way to chartered status. Ray Cantwell became the first apprentice under the current scheme when he joined Halcrow 18 months ago. “The biggest thing to change is my confidence,” he said. “I’ve been exposed to lots of different employees and their experiences, and the different routes they’ve taken to get where they are now. You’re always learning from the people around you.”
“The apprenticeship scheme really broadens our scope in terms of what we can offer young people” The emphasis on applied knowledge and getting stuck in on real projects is a major draw for young people vying for an apprenticeship place. Equally, the consensus among Halcrow’s apprentices is that working directly with senior engineers, and being able to put the theory they learn at college into practice in the office, has already accelerated their progress. “Some of the drawings I’ve helped to produce are up on York Council’s website,” said Leeds-based Bethany Wilson. “Your work is recognised as professional, rather than just
Halcrow’s Sam Hannis (left) with London deputy mayor Richard Barnes
theoretical exercises, and you’re treated as an equal. I feel like I’m responsible for real-life outcomes.” are in the spotlight so much at the moment is that you Beyond the UK engineering industry, rocketing popularity
can’t just rely on going to university and then getting a
across the board has seen the number of apprentices
job at the end of it, especially in the current climate. With
enrolled in nationally recognised programmes increase by
an apprenticeship, what you learn directly applies to your
two thirds, from 279,700 starts in the 2009-10 academic
work, and at the end of the three years you have so much
year to 442,700 in 2010-11. In London, mayor Boris
experience and knowledge.”
Johnson is already halfway towards a targeted 100,000 apprenticeship places by the end of 2012.
Nineteen-year-old Zubair Osman was emphatic with his message for potential candidates: “I would definitely
Sean Butler, who joined the London transport planning
encourage anyone who has an opportunity or an offer for
team in September 2011, reckons apprenticeships are in
an apprenticeship to take it hands on, because you won’t
the public eye for good reason: “I think the reason they
get experience like this anywhere else.”
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Next steps Given the success of the programme, expanding its scope is a certainty for Halcrow, with intake numbers, geographies and engineering options for apprentices all set to grow. The scheme’s close links with the Institution of Civil Engineers has meant the focus to date has largely been Mayor Boris Johnson with London apprentices, including Halcrow’s Ray Cantwell
on providing routes aligned to this organisation. As scheme sponsor Sam El-Jouzi explained, moves to diversify are underway: “We’re looking to branch out into more engineering disciplines. We’ll be working with other
Scheme sponsor Sam El-Jouzi
professional bodies and colleges so that the career options we can offer apprentices reflect our multidisciplinary business.” “The apprenticeship scheme really broadens our scope in terms of what we can offer young people wanting to pursue a career in engineering,” added senior human resources adviser Sam Hannis, who chairs the southeast consortium. “It’s a win-win situation – the way our current apprentices are flourishing in the work Members of the Worcester team at an event during UK Apprenticeship week, February 2012
environment is testament to that.”
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Five min with
An interview with Halcrow’s chief executive and chairman
What are you currently working on? At the moment I’m evaluating CH2M HILL’s options for our 2013 international operating model, which will help to
“Stay true to our core values and listen to your instincts”
shape our strategy over the next couple of years. I’m also serving as executive sponsor for
programme. I also got to help out with a bid for a Nuclear Decommissioning Authority contract to safely decommission some of the UK’s Magnox reactors.
How is the integration progressing? Our teams are working well together all around the world
a handful of projects, including the Qatar 2022 football
to pursue and deliver work. The next step is to determine
world cup, Philadelphia International Airport, the
the international operating model – we’ll then begin to
London 2012 Olympics, and the UK’s High Speed 2 rail
implement it from the third quarter of this year so that we
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Quickfire round What is your earliest memory? My mother singing ‘You are my sunshine’ to me. I believe I was about 18 months old.
Which living person do you most admire? My mother. She was the only daughter of a large, traditional Italian family that immigrated to the US. She went on to get two university degrees, become a biology teacher, marry my Italian father, quit work to raise a family, return to work in real estate and, ultimately, become an elected official in our local county government for 20 years. I honestly don’t know how she accomplished all of this!
If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be? Either a blues pianist or an animal shelter manager. I have are a stronger, integrated, symbiotic entity going
done all three but it seems I’m best at making a living in the
into 2013. We will also make great strides over
the next couple of months by integrating our financial and HR systems and tools.
What makes you truly happy? Developing a vision and goals, and ultimately achieving them,
What are you most excited by at the moment?
whether in terms of work, family or leisure activities.
How cool our people and projects are. What a
What is the worst job you’ve ever done?
great company we work for. And, of course, I’m
Cleaning out the bar screens at a wastewater treatment plant
personally excited that the Olympics are just
while studying at university.
about to start. I have been waiting for this since my first meeting with the – then potential –
How would you like to be remembered?
client in January 2006. It’s amazing how fast six
As someone that inspired others to live life to the full and
and a half years goes by!
pursue their dreams.
What have you been up to since we last saw you?
What’s your worst habit? Working too much, especially late at night when I am travelling.
Getting loads of stamps in my passport! I’ve international team and better understand
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
our operations. Over the next few months, I’ll
It is best paraphrased in a quote from Nelson Mandela: “There
be spending most of my time in Europe and
is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life
the Middle East – we’re pursuing some key
that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Every person
business opportunities in both regions, and
that I truly admire pushed past the barriers in their life to do
these are also our largest CH2M HILL and
been travelling around the world to meet our
Halcrow operations to integrate.
What is your message to employees? Stay true to our core values and listen to
Where’s your favourite place in the world? Venice, Italy. It is a city that romances you such that you voluntarily surrender to both its beauty and disorder.
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IRON AGE SPARKS GOLD GOLDRUSH NEW MINE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA PROMISES INFRASTRUCTURE BOOM FOR HALCROW
hina’s insatiable appetite for raw materials is fuelling a global commodities boom, particularly in iron ore.
Thousands of kilometres south of the world’s most populous nation, the mines of the Pilbara in Western Australia are working flat out to meet the growing demand. Night and day, ore trains rumble out of the remote region on their way to Port Hedland for export. In 2014, iron ore production in the Pilbara is due to expand enormously with the opening of the Roy Hill mine. Up to 55 million extra tonnes of iron ore will be heading for the bulk carriers moored off the coast some 280km away. In its biggest project yet in the Australian mining market, Halcrow is playing a vital role in ensuring they’ll get there. Port Hedland, a remote facility on the northern coast, is Australia’s highest tonnage port and already receives huge amounts of iron ore delivery every day. In order to accommodate the increase in traffic, Halcrow has been commissioned to design a vast new network of infrastructure. Although the existing mines in the region are already linked to Port Hedland by rail, Roy Hill’s size means a dedicated rail service will be needed to transport ore to the port. “Smooth handling of such vast quantities of raw material requires some major infrastructure,” said project manager James Houghton. “Once Roy Hill opens, a train made up of 232 wagons will arrive at Port Hedland, five times every day, via the new rail link.”
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The total cost of the pit-to-port service plus associated infrastructure is £4.7 billion (AUS$7.2 billion). Traversing the isolated Pilbara region, the 342km rail link project is
A huge trainload of ‘red gold’ heads to port
split into four separate packages. Halcrow is responsible for package three – Port Landside – which includes the final 23km of rail, rail loop, stockyard and a major terminal yard facility. Halcrow will also undertake the foundation design for the rescreening plant, stockyard rail system, conveyors and material transfer stations, as well as designing the car dumper facility. The team has designed a 6m-high embankment around the stockyard to protect it from tidal surges. With early contractor involvement now complete, and early works underway, construction is set to
Mine the gap: the layers of an open-cast iron ore mine
start in October 2012, with Halcrow providing the supervisory team. The new £650 million (AUS$1 billion) facility “Roy Hill is a completely new mine and covers a wide range
of our skills,” said James. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for the Perth team, which has grown in number and
• 25km of railway
capacity over the past 12 months. It will also rely on the
• 30km of service roads
expertise of resources from other offices within Australia
• 55Mtpa stockyard
and globally to ensure its successful delivery.”
• a new car dumper
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TOTAL COST OF PIT-TO-PORT SERVICE
8 MILLION M³ O TO BEFSEHARTHWORKS IFTED
750,000 TONNES OF BALLAST AND
ROAD BASE REQUIRED
£4.7 BILLION (AUS$7.2 BILLION) S E N ED N D E E O T LN E E 0 ST 0 L A 0 UCTUR , 6 2 OF STR
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STEPPING UP TO A GREENER FUTURE
LANDSCAPE GUIDANCE SOFTENS HONG KONG’S STEEP SURROUNDS
isitors and residents of Hong Kong are
impact of existing slopes and make them
never far from a man-made slope.
With 7 million people squeezed into just 1,100km²
“Hong Kong has many steep man-made
of mainly mountainous terrain, developers and
slopes of up to 70 degrees,” said geotechnical
engineers have dug, burrowed and tunnelled
engineer Allan Watkins. “The Hong Kong
into the mountainside to meet the needs of a
government has a policy of trying to make
these look as natural as possible through the use of soft and hard landscape treatment.
More than 60,000 registered man-made slopes are spread across the territory. Some are just a
“Our non-mandatory guidance covers a variety
couple of dozen metres in length, others as long
of topics, including minimising damage to
as several hundred metres.
the existing landscape from temporary and permanent works. It looks at ways to create
Sprouting street: an example of Halcrow’s slope upgrade work
Because of the huge visual
opportunities for planting and gives advice on
impact of these slopes, the Hong
selecting the right species, good construction
Kong government’s Geotechnical
practice and supervision, and ways to maintain
Engineering Office recently
commissioned Halcrow to prepare a series of technical guidelines
The 220-page document builds on an earlier award-
on landscaping of slopes. The
winning version issued in 2000, for which Halcrow
project also had input from a
provided input. The new document focuses on
working group of government
engineering principles, so it is hoped that its advice
stakeholders, academics and
will also help to mitigate the risk of landslides.
industry professionals. The guidance is intended for use from the earliest Technical guidelines on landscape treatment
design stage for new works, as well as upgrading or
for slopes is an A-Z of how to make new
mitigation works. Although it relates to construction
slopes blend harmoniously into the
processes used in Hong Kong, its findings could
landscape through careful selection of
also be relevant for other parts of Asia where high-
materials, planting and patterns. It also
intensity development on steep terrain is becoming
provides key tips on how to soften the
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Look up: retaining wall design in Hong Kong
Allan Watkins addresses stakeholders
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FACELIFT FOR FORGOTTEN SLICE OF HISTORY Cotswold Canals project revives derelict waterway
alcrow is helping resurrect a neglected relic of the UK’s industrial past, kick-starting regional regeneration and enhancing the lives of thousands of people living in the south-west of England.
The Cotswold Canals consist of two connected waterways in Gloucestershire – the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn Canal. A project to restore the historic 58km-long waterway is set to reconnect England’s greatest rivers, the Severn and the Thames, for the first time in over 70 years. Following a 30-year campaign, the restoration is being led by the Cotswold Canals Partnership. This organisation brings together a number of trusts, societies and local councils keen to lend weight to what was originally a volunteer cause. Partly funded by the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, the restoration promises a wide range of benefits to the local
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Wallbridge Upper Lock has been restored to full working condition by the project team
Restored green corridors have provided many opportunities for regeneration through the Stroud District projects and people â—† Vox â—† 17
rict Council) Jon Pontefract (Stroud Dist nteering groups leads one of many local volu canal the g alon s to repair towpath
environment and communities. By providing a functioning, navigable canal, the partnership aims to trigger urban regeneration and investment, restore an important part of local heritage, and reduce the risk of flooding. The first phase of the project targets the 10km stretch of the canal through the centre of Stroud. This overgrown and neglected route has been infringed upon by local development and includes many heritage structures such as locks, weirs and swingbridges, as well as modern obstacles such as roads and service crossings. Phase 1a and 1b of the Cotswold Canals from Saul Junction to Brimscombe
The Halcrow team, led by framework director Mark Seward, is undertaking the design of structures, including bridges, locks, flood control structures and channel works, as well as dealing with all planning applications, environmental mitigation and enhancements, and site supervision services on behalf of Stroud District Council. “It’s a multifaceted and hugely rewarding challenge for us,” said Mark. “Not only are we restoring an important part of the local heritage, we are playing a part in ensuring the area’s future growth, which stands to benefit local communities. If the sheer numbers of volunteers who regularly turn out in all weathers to contribute to the project is anything to go by, people are very keen to regain the use of their local waterways.” 18 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
Locals enjoy a morning coffee at the restored Wallbridge Upper Lock
Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers clearing debris on the derelict cana l
The restored canal passes under the new Stroud Brewery Bridge in Stroud town centre, February 2012
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The restored canal sweeps past the St Cyr’s church at Stonehouse
In February 2012, locals and officials welcomed Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to Stroud on a snowy morning, to formally open the new Stroud Brewery Bridge and the refurbished Wallbridge Upper Lock. Residents celebrated as Princess Anne boarded the first boat to pass through the lock in over three decades. A pivotal part of the wider scheme, this event marked the halfway point in the project’s first phase. With plenty still to be accomplished, Halcrow is looking ahead. The team is putting together a bid with Stroud District Council and the Waterways Trust to tackle the second phase of the project – reconnecting the section restored by the first phase with the national network and the Gloucester and Sharpness canal.
HRH Princess Anne ceremoniously
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opens the restored lock
Unlocking the past The Stroudwater The Princess Royal takes a trip through the lock on a cold February morning
Navigation was built in the 1770s to link the prosperous woollen mills of Stroud to the River Severn. It was designed to accommodate craft carrying loads of up to 100
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tonnes, but years of neglect left this once-proud route languishing in a state of disrepair. A slow decline brought by the rise of rail concluded with the canal’s closure in 1954. Built in the following decade, the Thames and Severn Canal presented a greater engineering feat as it climbed to Sapperton Tunnel, England’s longest canal tunnel at the time of construction. This too suffered at the hands of progress, closing completely in 1933. However, following an energetic 30-year restoration campaign, the current project will see sections of both waterways fully restored to their former glory.
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Wind of change IN WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND’S CAPITAL GETS BRAND NEW TRAIN FLEET
rain travel around Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has rolled into an exciting new era over the last few months.
One by one, Wellington’s eagerly awaited new Matangi trains have been entering service. Matangi unit 4472 – nicknamed the ‘Scotsman’ in tribute to the famous Flying Scotsman steam train – entered service in mid March 2012. By the end of March, 50 per cent of the new vehicles were in service and the rail network is on track to have full deployment of the 96-vehicle fleet by September 2012.
Project director Tony Oyo, project co-ordinator Michelle Choi, and Paul Nugus, project engineer, in front of 4472
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Matangi unit 4155 launches the fleet introd on the Johnsonville line, March 2012
Project co-ordina tor Michelle Choi conducts a decal audit as pa rt of the commiss ioning process at the We llington depot
The first Matangi, unit 4103, at the inaugural launch, Wellington Station, September 2010
The Matangi trains – the name means wind in Maori – take pride of place in the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s far-reaching modernisation of its rail infrastructure. Halcrow has steered the procurement process for the new trains since 2006, including developing the specifications and serving as project manager for the technical design, manufacturing quality and build compliance. Project director Tony Oyo said: “The Halcrow manufacturing quality control team has been working hard at the Hyundai Rotem factory in Changwon, South Korea, to ensure that all the trains are delivered to the same high quality.
Matangi unit 4472, signed off and ready for service
“Paul Legdin from our Sydney office conducted an internal audit of the project and we were delighted that he
Tony said that in the next few months, the team will
was able to present the client with a clean bill of health
be fully focused on delivering and commissioning the
on the project delivery.”
remaining Matangi units to the client and preparing them for use in the fleet.
As well as supervising quality control of the new trains, Halcrow played a vital role in developing a host of the
“The end of these projects can be as busy as the
Matangi’s modern design features. These include the
beginning as we transition from a project wrap-up into
fleet’s distinctive low floors, multi-user access areas and
the reliability and fleet management phase and hand
its simplified, cost-effective braking system.
over the trains to a new set of stakeholders.”
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CLEARED FOR TAKE OFF AIR TRANSPORT GROUP FLYING HIGH IN BOOMING INDUSTRY
ew markets can boast the kind of sustained growth enjoyed by the aviation industry since the first airliners took to the skies in the 1950s.
Despite the lingering effects of the global recession, demand for air travel continues its jet-propelled trajectory – particularly in the growth economies of Asia and Latin America. Brazil’s civil aviation agency, for example, reports a 194 per cent rise over the past decade, with demand in 2011 alone increasing 16 per cent on the previous year. In India, year-on-year growth slid to a ‘mere’ 11 per cent in 2011, down from 17 per cent a year earlier – a minor blip on an otherwise expansionary trend. “We’re experiencing one of the most active, exciting and varied periods of international airport work I can remember for years – despite the tough economic environment,” said Halcrow’s airports and air transport director, Bill Millington. Even in the UK, where diminishing capacity could act as a brake on growth, passenger numbers are set to double by 2030. Coping with the millions of additional passengers projected to sweep through the world’s airports will pose a mounting challenge for operators, but also offers the prospect of soaring returns. Upgrades and expansions to accommodate demand represent a large chunk of the market, and Halcrow’s current workload includes redevelopment and improvement projects in Kuwait, Geneva, India and the UK, and a new airport for the island outpost of St Helena. Drawing on over five decades’ experience, the company is no newcomer to the international scene, as air transport global market director John Daly points out. “We’ve been advising on airports and air transport for over 50 years, all around the world,” he said. “Clients value this experience, as well as our ability to bring the specialist skills they need, wherever they need them. We can get straight in and start solving problems.”
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“WE’RE EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE, EXCITING AND VARIED PERIODS OF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WORK FOR YEARS”
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Work under the framework has been diverse, including taxiway refurbishment design, acoustic surveys in the
GATWICK HIGH FLYERS
security area of the terminal, and most recently a study
Halfway between London and England’s south coast,
determining Gatwick’s ability to safely accommodate the
Gatwick Airport stretches out over 600ha into the bucolic
mammoth Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in
countryside of West Sussex. Since winning a four-year
the world. The team was also recently awarded a major
framework contract in September 2010, alongside five
project in partnership with construction and regeneration
other consultants, Halcrow’s multidisciplinary team has
group Morgan Sindall. This will involve construction for a
become a regular sight at the UK’s second-largest airport.
new pier, a new two-storey baggage factory, five aircraft stands and five taxiways.
“It’s a tremendously busy and exciting time,” said framework manager John Williams. “We’re drawing
Gatwick is home to the world’s busiest single runway,
on skills from across the company to work on the
averaging 52 aircraft movements every hour. As part of
airport’s runways, taxiways, water systems, roads and
the airport’s £1.2 billion investment programme, the
3.3km-long main runway is being resurfaced for the first time in 12 years. Halcrow is providing design support to
Just six months after the framework win, Halcrow edged
contractor VolkerFitzpatrick on the £40 million upgrade.
out its fellow consultants to secure the master
The project involves resurfacing an area of 400,000m2
civil engineer role. This appointment, in February 2011, sees the company undertaking the planning and initial design of all minor projects at the airport. “We were really delighted with the win and have since carried out around 18 tasks in our master civil engineer role,” said John.
– the equivalent of 100 football pitches – with
“HALCROW HAS BECOME A REGULAR FEATURE AT GATWICK, THE UK’S SECOND LARGEST AIRPORT”
approximately 65,000 tonnes of asphalt. John explains: “One of the main challenges is ensuring that the runway is kept free of all debris, which can cause potentially fatal damage to planes. “Aircraft pavements require specialist materials – the runway must be strong and
AROUND 70 AIRLINES USE GATWICK
durable, but also
SERVING 13 DOMESTIC AND 200 OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS
smooth.” Because Gatwick does not
Gatwick in numb3rs THE AIRPORT HAS
TWO TERMINALS NORTH
(OPENED IN 1988)
(OPENED IN 1958)
to allow resurfacing, construction is taking
OF TRAFFIC IS VIA LOW-BUDGET CARRIERS
TYPE OF PASSENGER:
closing the runway
FLIGHT DESTINATIONS: Departures DOMESTIC 13 % INTERNATIONAL SHORTHAUL 8 0 % INTERNATIONAL LONGHAUL 7 %
have the option of
sky’s the limit. “We
PASSENGERS PASSED THROUGH THE THE NAME ‘GATWICK’ WAS FIRST AIRPORT RECORDED IN 1241, AS GATWIK, DERIVED FROM THE ANGLO-SAXON WORDS GĀT, ‘GOAT’, AND WĪC, ‘DAIRY FARM’ ORIGIN AND DESTINATION
Looking forward, the will continue to build upon the solid base of project success, delivering great client care and excellent results to ensure we’re in a strong position to bid for further large projects,” said John.
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CASE STUDY AIRPORT LIFELINE FOR SAINTS For centuries, the remote island of St Helena was an important stopover for boats sailing to Europe from Asia and southern Africa. However, advances in longdistance shipping have brought an increased sense of isolation. The
Historic city Jamestown, capital of St Helena
island is now almost solely reliant on monthly voyages by the ageing RMS St Helena as a link to the
Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Its size, isolation and
world beyond its jagged coastline, with supplies, mail
lack of industry means the Saints – as the residents call
and around 1,000 visitors per year making the week-long
themselves – remain heavily reliant on aid from the UK,
voyage by sea from South Africa.
and people have increasingly been forced to leave to seek work. In a boon for St Helena’s fledgling tourism industry,
An airport to replace the RMS St Helena as the main
the airport is projected to swell visitor numbers to 30,000
access provider had been mooted a number of times
annually – bringing economic independence and the
before the current proposal was unveiled in 2005.
prospect of increased employment for the island’s
Grounded by the credit crunch in 2008, it is now back on
track with Halcrow providing a project management unit (PMU) for the airport’s design and construction.
Prosperous Bay Plain, near the island’s eastern coast, has been earmarked for construction of the airport – the
The island is part of one of the oldest British overseas
only suitable site, given St Helena’s craggy, challenging
territories, comprising the islands of St Helena,
interior. A 1,550m runway means the A319-100 and B737700W – able to carry 160 and 148 passengers respectively – have space to land.
Many visitors to St Helena are following the trail of arguably its most famous resident, Napoleon Boneparte.
Halcrow is managing the four-year contract,
Defeat at Waterloo saw the ‘little general’ exiled to the
which also includes construction of a wharf for
windswept island in 1815. Longwood House, where he
importing plant and materials, an access road
was held until his death in 1821, is one of St Helena’s
across the island and a fuel storage facility. With
major tourist attractions.
client liaison support from the UK, the PMU is being led by Andreas Huber, supported by two
The deposed emperor dictated his memoirs from his
deputy resident engineers, Miles Leask and
island jail, lamenting his imprisonment on ‘this cursed
Paul Welbourn. Environmental monitor Robert
rock’ and criticising his captors. A loose cadre of
Kleinjan will play an essential role in protecting
supporters plotted various rescues, but plans to
the island’s endemic flora and fauna during
resurrect the Napoleonic empire hatched
construction, much of which teeters towards
by groups in the US and Latin America
the endangered list. Miles said: “Despite the
were ultimately foiled by the general’s death.
challenges of island life, we are keen to see this exciting project completed and contribute to the huge impact it will have on people’s lives.”
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CASE STUDIES RUNWAY REHABILITATION
Technical support during construction is ongoing, with
As well as being Ghana’s primary airport, Kotoka
the Warrington team responding to the challenges of
International Airport serves as an aviation hub for the
short access periods for the runway, variations in site
entire West Africa sub region. The airport’s pavements,
conditions, and changes in end-client requirements.
taxiways and parking apron are being rehabilitated, with Halcrow commissioned by contractor PW Ghana Ltd to
In addition, Halcrow’s London-based planning team
provide consultancy services.
is collaborating with Pascall+ Watson Architects on a purpose-built business aviation terminal for PW and
The design, undertaken by the Warrington office
Kotoka’s operator, Ghana Airports Ltd.
following an intensive site investigation, takes into account the specific condition of the existing infrastructure. Areas for pavement repair and strengthening have been identified, with highquality Marshall Asphalt set to be overlaid and asphalt reinforcement used to prevent cracking. The project has been planned around the existing
Site investigation on the main runway at Kotoka International Airport
pavements to minimise disruption.
Halcrow’s simulation model of the pier design
PAVING THE WAY TO SUCCESS When Hyderabad’s new airport opened in 2008, its cargo facilities were designed to handle an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes. However, growth in cargo traffic has far outstripped those forecasts in terms of both volume and the size of aircraft typically transporting cargo.
NEW PIER FOR GENEVA When the Boeing 747 entered service
As a result, the airport operator, infrastructure company GMR
during the 1970s, its unprecedented
Group, approached Halcrow to carry out a review of the cargo
proportions gave airport operators a minor
apron pavements and identify expansion requirements based on
headache. Some four decades later, Geneva
forecast traffic. The team was also asked to provide designs for
airport’s existing pier – originally intended
pavement strengthening and apron expansion.
as a temporary structure to accommodate the ‘jumbo jet’ – is being replaced as part of
Having identified that pavement strengthening was required,
the current eight-year master plan.
the international Halcrow project team provided designs for the
Joint-venture company RBI, comprising
first phase. The ongoing relationship with this important client
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Bugna,
is now also
and Ingerop, sought Halcrow’s airport
planning expertise, with the team
developing a simulation model to verify the
winning competition design.
arrangement with the CH2M
The project comes in response to an
upsurge in traffic at the airport and will
team in India.
bring the east pier facilities in line with the
Hyderabad Airport, known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
rest of the terminal.
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One of the Melbourne Comeng trains
RAIL PROJECT PULLS TO THE FINISH LINE H
Artist’s impression of the building
alcrow continues to blaze a trail across Australia’s rail network, completing work
Project manager Giles Dallaway said: “We witnessed
on the maintenance depot at Craigieburn on
all major tests to ensure the equipment behaved as
Melbourne’s north-western edge in January 2012.
anticipated – and where it didn’t, we reviewed what had gone wrong. We identified any defects that needed to
The train maintenance facility represents the fifth stage of
be rectified before the contractor could claim practical
a project to establish a complete stabling and maintenance
completion for the works and hand over the site to the
depot on the site. Halcrow provided concept designs to
end user, Metro Trains Melbourne.”
develop a new maintenance facility at the depot to service some of the Melbourne trains, which will increase the city’s
In November 2011, the first train entered the depot under
rail network capacity. The depot design includes the new
traction power, and the maintenance lifts worked exactly
£50 million train maintenance facility, a train wash and 17
roads for storing trains overnight. A new wheel lathe is also planned for installation on the site.
“It’s been a challenging project, but a testament to the great results that can be achieved by sharing skills
As well as the initial design work, the team – drawn
between our teams and offices,” said Giles.
from Halcrow’s Sydney and Melbourne offices – reviewed the designs and monitored the installation, testing and
In conjunction with eight other stabling sites around
commissioning systems, including the train traction
Melbourne, the capacity of the rail network will be vastly
power supply, lifting equipment cranes and turntables,
improved – and the condition of the city’s trains more
and key safety aspects.
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Take the HIG T
here’s an unaccustomed tranquillity in the twin Speyside villages of Fochabers and Mosstodloch these days.
After years of enduring 11,000-plus vehicles thundering down their high street each day, local people are relishing the return to a quieter way of life, thanks to the new A96 Fochabers and Mosstodloch bypass. Opened on 31 January 2012 by Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown, the 5.1km bypass now carries the bulk of traffic heading along the A96. Connecting Aberdeen and Inverness, the A96 is one of the main transportation arteries across north-east Scotland. The £31.6 million bypass was designed by Halcrow on behalf of Morrison Construction for ultimate client Transport Scotland. Two years of site supervision was also undertaken by Halcrow teams following a successful tender submission and the subsequent detailed design. c
The project has eased traffi flows along the A96
“Fochabers and Mosstodloch had been plagued with high-density traffic flows – the traffic literally cut the communities in half,” said Halcrow project manager Colin Walker. “Local people campaigned for almost 20 years to get the bypass built.”
An aerial shot of the bypass
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BYPASS BRINGS PEACE FOR SCOTTISH VILLAGES
It was thiiiiiiis big: The Halcrow team meets local kids
As the bypass cuts through the historically
team,” said Colin. “It helps to boost our
important and environmentally sensitive
reputation in the design-and-build market in
Gordon Castle estate, an extensive consultation
Scotland and across the UK.
process took place. The resulting mitigation measures – including willow-faced acoustic
“It clearly demonstrates our ability to provide
barriers and embankments – ensure the bypass
our clients with a one-stop shop when it comes
blends into the designed landscape within
to large transportation projects and is a great
Gordon Castle and along the northern edge
example of what our people can deliver.”
of Fochabers. The new road includes two sections of wide single 2+1 carriageway which provides much-
Stats the way to do it
needed overtaking opportunities on the A96. These skirt the south of Mosstodloch, crossing
• 5.1km of all-purpose road; 2.7km of overtaking lane
the River Spey via Fochabers New Bridge and
• four roundabouts
bypassing the north of Fochabers. The bypass
• four pedestrian and cycleway underpasses
then reconnects with the A96 and A98 to the
• 190,000m³ of excavation
east of the village.
• 390,000m³ of fill used • 17km of fencing
Detailed planning, staged construction of
• 1.9km of acoustic barrier (using 160,000 nails)
bridges and temporary traffic management
• 284,000 plants
schemes ensured that traffic continued to
• over 1,200 tonnes of waste recycled and reused
flow smoothly on the existing A96 carriageway
Halcrow was responsible for the design and supervision
throughout the construction period.
of the alignment, pavement, drainage, highway ancillaries, bridges, geotechnics, lighting, landscaping,
“This multidisciplinary project was a major
and environmental and noise mitigation.
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Modelled on the Sidra tree, the enormous ‘trunks’ hold up the centre’s roof
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OF ATTENTION BOLD, STRIKING DESIGN GRABS HEADLINES IN QATAR
ith its enormous Sidra tree-style
architects, cost consultants, theatre planners
‘trunks’ and acres of glass, the vast
and other consultants, including data and
new Qatar National Convention
communications systems designers, worked
Centre is a unique blend of organic shapes and
under Halcrow’s lead, to co-ordinate design
information and enable the procurement of a contractor.
Formally opened on 4 December 2011 by the chair of the Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Moza
The 90,000m² centre houses a conference
Bint Nasser, the centre is the latest landmark
facility for 4,000 delegates, a 2,400-seat theatre
project in Qatar’s drive to establish itself as a
and 57 meeting rooms. The building has
key centre for arts, business and education in
3,500m² of solar panels and was built to satisfy
the Middle East.
the requirements of gold certification for the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy
The concept design for the convention centre
and Environment Design (LEED).
was provided by the influential Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who also designed the
Project manager Alan Rowell said: “The centre
Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles
is one of Halcrow’s biggest and most complex
and Bilbao’s striking Isozaki Atea twin towers.
building projects in the region to date. It was a challenging but inspirational project to work
Made from 20mm plate steel, the enormous
on for all those involved. The final product is a
‘tree trunks’ hold up the centre’s concrete roof.
project of which we can all be very proud.”
The trunks are modelled on the Sidra tree, a symbol of wisdom and learning in Islamic
The centre is the latest showcase for Halcrow’s
culture that is used in the logo of the Qatar
expertise in the neighbourhood of Doha’s
Foundation which commissioned the centre.
Education City. In recent years, Halcrow has delivered the Texas A&M College of
Halcrow was appointed as executive architect
Engineering, the Carnegie Mellon University
to the project in 2004. In addition, the
campus buildings and the Weill Cornell Medical
company was responsible for the design
College Research Unit. The company is also
management, structural design and building
working on a local light-rail network for the
services design. A carefully selected team of
campus, with other schemes in the pipeline. projects and people ◆ Vox ◆ 33
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RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH REMOTE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT TAKES SHAPE
roject sites are rarely more challenging than the Kishanganga hydroelectric scheme.
High up in the Himalayas, with the dam site cut off by snow and ice for months in the winter, it’s one of the biggest mega-wattage projects Halcrow has undertaken to date. When the seven-year project is completed in 2016, Kishanganga’s 330MW output will help to fuel India’s economy. The local state government of Jammu and
Crossing the Razdhan Pass
Kashmir will also receive 12 per cent of the power output as a royalty. As lead designer, Halcrow has drawn on its technical ingenuity to work successfully in the notoriously challenging ‘squeezing’ ground conditions of the Himalayas. Overcutting and consolidation grouting techniques are being used to deal with the most difficult sections of the 15.5km downstream end of the tunnel, which are being excavated with a double-shielded tunnelboring machine (TBM). Drill and blast methods are being
The dam site on Kishanganga River
used for the 8km upstream tunnel end.
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The segment casting yard
“This is a major international project by any standards,” said chief engineering geologist Mike Palmer. “There are
Diversion tunnel under construction
many logistical, topographical and geological challenges that make this an important project for Halcrow. “The powerhouse area is reasonably accessible by road
but the dam site and the drill-and-blast tunnels are particularly remote and are cut off for five months of the year by snow and ice.”
• 37m-high concrete-faced rock-fill dam with 25m-deep concrete cut-off wall
A 37m-high dam will be built across a remote valley to partially divert the Kishanganga River. The waters will
• 9.5m-diameter diversion tunnel
rush through a 24km-long headrace tunnel to a 21m-span underground powerhouse in Bandipur, which houses three 110MW vertical Pelton turbines and transformers.
• 23.5km of headrace tunnel with an average 5.3m diameter
The discharged water then flows out into the Bonar Nullah River and on to Wular Lake in the Vale
• 112m-deep surge shaft
of Kashmir, India’s largest freshwater lake. • 1km-long steel-lined inclined pressure shaft of Using a TBM in the Himalayas is not without its
difficulties. The weak, fractured rock, coupled with high depths of cover, has led to a preference for drill and blast techniques in India. Because of the issues associated with the ‘squeezing’ rock conditions, Halcrow has worked closely with Professor Giovanni Barla of the Politechnico di Torino in 36 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
• 11.3m-long, 21m-wide x 49m-high underground power house • 800m-long tail race tunnel and outfall structure
Ready for action: the double shield TBM
Segmental lining at the rear of the TBM
Italy to develop a construction methodology using timedependent numerical modelling. This aims to provide on-site
“THE DRILLAND-BLAST TUNNELS ARE CUT OFF FOR FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR BY SNOW AND ICE”
guidelines to identify conditions where
Kudos for Kishanganga
• creation of a low-carbon energy source
special measures may be needed. • 1,500 jobs created – 25 per cent local labour Halcrow is partnering with the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) to deliver the project on behalf of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. HCC is
• enhanced economic activity and local development
responsible for all civil and associated infrastructure works, with Halcrow undertaking the detailed design of the civil works, co-ordination with the electrical and mechanical contractor, and provision of site design
TBM spoil handling conveyor, Bandipur
and liaison. “We’re working to a tight 84-month schedule,” said project director Iftikhar Drabu. “There are penalties for delay and also penalties for under performance if the scheme fails to achieve its full power potential. “It’s an exciting and demanding project to work on. The site team, and the design team in Delhi and the UK, all recognise that the most challenging sections still lie ahead of us.” projects and people ◆ Vox ◆ 37
FLUSH WITH SUCCESS
JOINT TEAM SAFEGUARDS WATER RESOURCES IN BOOMING AUSTRALIAN COAL GAS INDUSTRY
t first glance, the rolling landscape of
“Halcrow has been working with Santos for two
the Great Artesian Basin in south-east
years, principally on the upstream project,” said
Queensland and north-eastern New
Paul. “Our work is mainly focused on all the activities
South Wales doesn’t look much like an energy-
involved with managing the water released when the
gas is freed.
Hundreds of metres below towns such as Roma, Gunnedah and Narribi, though, millions of cubic metres of coal seam gas (CSG) are being tapped to meet the
“We have a common focus on produci
a high-quality, client-focused outcom
worldwide demand for readily accessible power. “Because the water is produced in very large quantities Since January 2012, a newly integrated Halcrow and
and is often rich in salts and other minerals, it requires
CH2M HILL water and environment team has been
careful management. Our work involves numerical
pooling its resources to work on behalf of Santos,
modelling, brine management, water storage and
Australia’s leading natural gas producer. It’s a winning
combination, according to team sales director Paul Wilkinson.
Bringing CH2M HILL’s remediation team on board has made a pivotal difference to project delivery,
“Working with our new colleagues has made us
according to Paul. “Contamination assessment and
stronger than ever,” said Paul. “The combination of
remediation is an area in which we did not previously
Halcrow and CH2M HILL has positioned us extremely
have local capacity; it complements our hydrology and
well to be a strong player in the rapidly growing
Australian CSG industry.” As well as the GLNG project, the new team is working In Queensland, the multi-billion dollar Gunnedah
with Santos on several other major schemes across New
liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project is a partnership
South Wales within the Gunnedah Basin. Up to 20 people
between Santos, PETRONAS – Malaysia’s national oil
at any time from the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
and gas company – the Korean Gas Corporation (KOGas)
offices can be working on Santos projects.
and French-owned Total. CSG is extracted from the Roma, Fairview and Arcadia regions ‘upstream’ and
“There’s a really positive team dynamic,” Paul said. “We
shipped via a 420km underground gas pipeline to the
have a common focus on producing a high-quality, client-
‘downstream’ operation at Curtis Island, near Gladstone,
focused outcome, on time and within budget, and this has
where it is cooled to form LNG for shipping.
been very well received by our client.”
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Safeguarding the Great Artesian Basin The Great Artesian Basin is the largest and deepest artesian basin in the world, stretching over a total of 1.7 million km². As the only reliable source of freshwater through much of inland Australia, maintaining its purity is the most important consideration in any CSG operation. Halcrow and CH2M HILL experts are closely monitoring all possible aspects of environmental impact. These include: • mitigating against detrimental impacts on groundwater • assessing and monitoring surface water and managing risk • storing and treating CSG water, managing brine production • exploring options for reusing CSG water, to benefit rural communities and the environment • risk-based monitoring and management regime to minimise environmental impact
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GRAND FINALE NORTH EAST QUADRANT COMPLETES AMBITIOUS MASTER PLAN
andwiched between London’s West End and the bustle of Camden to the north, the area around Euston Road has seen a number of transformations over the years.
Part of the UK capital’s first ever bypass, opened in 1756, this arterial route was constructed to herd sheep from the surrounding farms to Smithfield Market. After heavy shelling during World War II flattened most of the buildings that once lined the road, reconstruction saw waves of 1960s office blocks dominate. Now this pocket of London is undergoing the latest stage in its evolution with the completion of Regent’s Place. The ambitious mixed-use development has taken shape over two decades under the ownership of leading UK property developer British Land. Halcrow provided full structural services for the North East Quadrant (NEQ), the final section of the master plan, now nearing fruition.
“ON A PROJECT LIKE THIS TIMING IS KEY, ESPECIALLY AS WE WERE DESIGNING AND BUILDING SIMULTANEOUSLY”
Scheduled for completion in 2013, NEQ will add a further 152,000 m² to Regent’s Place, including office and retail space, and a mix of market-led and affordable apartments. With the economic downturn hitting the property market hardest, the project was shelved for several years before activity resumed in 2010. “We’ve been involved in NEQ since 2003,” said market director for buildings Jason Guneratne. “We revisited the project and ended up doing a full redesign within the existing planning permissions. We rearranged the floor plate to maximise the space
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Reflected glory: the glass office blocks overlook the square below
available to prospective tenants and our client, British Land.”
“SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 2013, NEQ WILL ADD A FURTHER 152,000M² TO REGENT’S PLACE”
NEQ’s showpiece is a steel and concrete composite commercial building that overlooks the main plaza, featuring floor-to-ceiling glazed external cladding. The 15-storey central block is flanked by two lower wings of eight and ten floors respectively, creating a visually arresting series of angles and architectural forms. Resident engineer Jan Minor with assistant resident engineer Andrew Simpson
In a design feature that is both aesthetically interesting and increases available space, the glass façade leans outwards and is skewed to the rest of the building. From the open ground floor a soaring internal atrium replicates this four-degree lean, tapering off as it approaches the upper floors. Further accentuating the building’s angular appearance, the atrium columns are also inclined, which serves to counterbalance the façade. As with all commercial developments, space is at a premium so the building is cleverly engineered to maximise the floor area. “Each block has a slipformed concrete core for lateral stability and to accommodate 42 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
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NEQ in numbers
152,000m² of new development
32,500m² of premium office space
people working on site at peak times
tonnes of steel used
Two architects Wilkinson Eyre for commercial and Stephen Marshall Architects for residential
Chosen for their economical weight, cellular beams carry all building services through their openings, cutting down the amount of space lost to ceiling voids. This allows for the maximum number of floors for the building’s height, while maintaining high ceilings and the desired sense of spaciousness. Construction began in December 2010 and the structural works are now largely complete. “On a project like this timing is key, especially as we were designing and building simultaneously,” said resident engineer Jan Minor. “All the various services follow in sequence, so any issues needed to be sorted out immediately to avoid a slip in the programme.” lifts and stairs,” said Halcrow project
High above the rumble of traffic, aqua glazing Glazing is installed
in the glass facade
panels glint in the sunlight as they’re lifted into
place on the commercial block. The emphasis on
Davidson. “We moved the
modern, architectural spaces has clearly
core from the centre to the rear of the floor plate to
paid off – visually and, for British Land, in the shape of
create more premium office space. As this changed the
tenants eager to sign on the dotted line. “We’ve already
building’s lateral system, we stiffened the upper floors
managed to let half of the 32,500 m² of commercial office
using a moment-frame structure that we managed
space,” said British Land construction executive Matthew
to incorporate without compromising the building’s
White. “This is an excellent position to be in a year out
appearance or views across London.”
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TIME AND TIDE
HALCROW’S ONLINE COASTAL EROSION MAP LOOKS 100 YEARS INTO
any people dream of living in a house with
view the likely erosion risk, based on existing shoreline
a dramatic view of the sea. For some UK
management policies ranging from ‘hold the line’ to
householders, though, rapid coastal erosion
has turned their dream lifestyle into a daily nightmare as they anxiously watch the sea encroach on their homes.
“The wider agency maps are people focused rather than technical and reflect the potential impact on
In Holderness on the Lincolnshire coast it is estimated
communities,” said project manager Jonathan Rogers.
that up to 2 million tonnes of material, or an average of
“They incorporate climate change data and key
2m of coastline, are being swept away every year on one
information about river flood risk and water quality.
of Europe’s fastest-eroding coastlines.
Following our work on NCERM, they also allow you to find out information about erosion strategies, including the
With an estimated 300 homes at risk of being completely
design of the defences.”
lost to coastal erosion in the next two decades, the Environment Agency, working on behalf of the
Jonathan and his team worked closely with over 100
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
maritime local authorities to capture the data. To help
(Defra) and the Welsh Assembly, has launched a unique
process the material, the team developed an innovative
interactive service which defines the ongoing erosion risk
WebGIS which provided an online tool to view and amend
in England and Wales over the next century.
the data. This incorporates the model that drives the erosion predictions – Risk Assessment for Coastal
Driven by data produced by Halcrow, the National Coastal
Erosion (RACE) – also developed by Halcrow.
Erosion Risk Map (NCERM) is instantly accessible on the Environment Agency’s ‘What’s in your Backyard’ website.
Two pilot maps were launched online late last year. Over
Visitors to the site can zoom in on their local area to
the next few months, the Environment Agency and Halcrow
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All images courtesy of Roger Moore
carefully studied the feedback from the pilot in preparation for the nationwide roll out in March and April 2012. “The pilot maps initially projected coastal change for the next 20 years,” Jonathan said. “Because people were requesting a longer time frame, we decided to include more detailed information which allows users to understand the risks of coastal erosion up to 100 years ahead.” As well as helping the public to plan for the future, the maps will also enable local authorities to plan and prioritise funding for flood and coastal defence works, as
well as developers of sites along the coastline. “The maps have been extremely well received by the Environment Agency and the public,” said Jonathan. “We are working together to ensure they are continually improved as new data becomes available and the science that underpins our understanding of erosion processes develops.” Commenting on its potential wider application, he noted: “Our erosion engine and web-based infrastructure for NCERM can easily be transferred to other regions and countries. I’d be delighted to explore the potential for rolling this out on an international stage.”
Seal of approval The unique mapping scheme has received resounding approval from Halcrow’s client, the Environment Agency. In its latest strategic flood risk management performance scores, the NCERM delivery team received six perfect 10 scores in eight categories.
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AWA RDS Halcrow was highly commended in the commercial and business services sector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) occupational health and safety awards 2012 in May. Celebrating Halcrow’s global commitment to preventing accidents and ill health, the UK’s largest health and safety awards is recognised by clients worldwide.
The ICE Wales Project Awards proved a successful night for Halcrow in two other categories, with the Usk town wall flood refurbishment scheme winning the special category of the Roy Edwards Award and the M4 variable speed limit project securing the special award for innovation. In the individual honours, Cardiff-based graduate engineer Mark Sanders won the 2012 graduates and students papers competition. Mark’s paper, Fertiliser from human waste in Scottish agriculture, was one of three finalists, whittled down from initial submissions from all over Wales.
Halcrow’s work on The Gate project in Doha was recognised with an award from MEED, the market-leading business intelligence source for the Middle East. Named as the Qatar national winner in the building project of the year category for 2012, The Gate went up against other iconic structures at the regional supreme awards in May.
Halcrow’s Nigel Valvona (centre) receives the award on the company’s behalf
The A487 Porthmadog, Minffordd and Tremadog Bypass, which dramatically reduces traffic congestion in three scenic towns in North Wales, bagged two high-profile awards in May. The 5.5km road took home the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru George Gibby Award, for projects over £3 million, along with the Green Apple built environment award in the heavy construction project category. It is also shortlisted for three other industry awards.
Night works on the M4 variable speed project
The Gate, Qatar
The Ethiopian Nile irrigation and drainage project, a joint venture with Generation Integrated Rural Design, won the project innovation honour award in the applied research category of the International Water Association Europe and Asia regional awards in Brussels.
Graduate Mark Sanders with his prize
“This is an extremely important scheme which has the potential to reduce poverty in the project areas and promote sustainable, smallholder-based agriculture,” said project team member Robin Wood, who received the award along with fellow team member Andrew Lowe.
Halcrow’s GRANIT system won the product and equipment innovation category at the 2012 Ground Engineering Awards on 4 May. GRANIT (GRound ANchor Integrity Testing) has transformed rockbolt testing in the mining, tunnelling and slope stability sector. Foster + Partners’ and Halcrow’s vision for the Thames Hub – an integrated rail, freight logistics, aviation and energy hub in the UK’s Thames Estuary – was named project of the year at the 2012 Global AirRail Awards.
The A487 glides through the North Wales countryside
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Recognising best practice, the awards celebrate new technologies and innovations, customer service and marketing – with a focus on vision and creativity.
Andrew Lowe and Robin Wood at the ceremony
TO REMEMBER To send condolences firstname.lastname@example.org A strengthening and refurbishment project on an elegant Thomas Telford bridge won Halcrow the heritage award in the annual ICE West Midlands awards. In 2009, an emergency 7.5 tonne weight restriction was placed on Worcestershire’s Holt Fleet Bridge after hidden cracks were discovered in the structure. The bridge, built in 1826, was successfully strengthened and refurbished to carry 40 tonnes and reopened in September 2011.
Des Mirner died on 25 June 2012, aged 59. Based in Glasgow as part of the highways and bridges team, Des was a contracts specialist, with many years’ experience in the design, project management and construction of civil engineering projects. Since joining Halcrow in 1975, his project work included the N8 Cashel Mitchelstown Road Improvement Scheme in Ireland, contracts management for the Performance Audit Group in Scotland, and a secondment to the Scottish Executive development department. He also worked on a number of projects in the UAE. Des died peacefully in his sleep at home. He is survived by his wife, Patricia. Andrew Kopec died on 1 January 2012, aged 80. He was a widower. Thomas K Bateman died on 16 January 2012, aged 83. Robert J Fitzpatrick passed away on 20 January 2012. He was 64. Douglas Hollick died on 14 February 2012, aged 83. Ena Wylie passed away on 27 February 2012, aged 87. She was the widow of Mr JA Wylie, who died in 2009. John Jones died on 11 April 2012. Aged 74, he was the widower of Judith Jones who died in 2011. Aged 87, Raymond Jordens passed away on 15 May 2012. Joan Ambler died on 30 April, aged 78. She was the widow of Mr HJ Ambler. Maureen Vigne died on 29 May. Aged 80, she was the widow of Mr J Vigne. Richard Meader died on 27 June, aged 78. Roger Thompson died on 25 March 2012, aged 75. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer.
The historic Holt Fleet Bridge, Worcestershire
Halcrow celebrated a quadruple project win, a runner up and a commendation at this year’s UK Waterways Renaissance Awards. For the past ten years the awards, run by The Waterways Trust, have been recognising and rewarding exceptional projects that have turned inland waterways into desirable places for living, learning and leisure. The Halcrow winners were: • outstanding achievement award: Droitwich Canals Restoration project (British Waterways) • innovation award: A11 Bow Riverside Footbridge and Walkway (British Waterways) • partnership award: Wallbridge Upper Lock, Cotswold Canals Restoration (Stroud District Council) • flood risk management award: White Cart Water (Glasgow City Council) In the design and construction category, the Dutton Upper Horse bridge was commended, with the A11 Bow riverside footbridge and walkway the runner-up.
David Collard died on 19 April 2012. Aged 90, he is survived by his wife, Dora. David Peter passed away on 22 May 2012, aged 71. He is survived by his wife, Joan.
Halcrow pensioners’ reunion Saturday 6 October 2012, Edinburgh Halcrow pensioners are invited to the northern region’s third biennial reunion lunch in Edinburgh. Where: The Royal Over-Seas League, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB (close to Waverly Station) When: Saturday 6 October 2012, 12.30pm Cost: Approximately £35, including a welcome drink All pensioners, partners or other interested parties are welcome. The event complements the southern region’s biennial reunion. Guest speakers will include representatives from Halcrow, CH2M HILL, and pension trustees. Please register your interest and provide your contact details, preferably by email, to: Roy Dargie Pen CaerDriw, Tylwch, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6JL email@example.com 01686 412 754 Information is also available from Vic Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Homeward bound CH2M HILL HIGHWAY PROJECT BRINGS JOBS FOR TEXAS COMMUNITY
y first day on the project, I was simply walking around the site removing anything that would puncture a tyre, like old fence posts and metal debris.” Sweeping an arm over the red Texas
dirt, James Massey describes his journey from general labourer to grading foreman. “Today, I’m supervising a crew of more than 20 people and overseeing the main dirt hauls, over about a 5km stretch of the project.” James is one of almost 200 local people hired to work on the 15.5km stretch of Toll 49, Segment 3B. When the new highway opens in eastern Texas early next year, drivers travelling between cities in the US’s second largest state will benefit from faster journey times and reduced congestion. But as they belt out classic hits along to their car stereos and marvel at the lack of traffic, few may realise the extent to which the project has transformed the lives and career prospects of residents from surrounding communities. CH2M HILL is the sole prime-contractor, providing full service design-build delivery including design, construction and quality control. At the heart of the company’s delivery model for Toll 49 is its focus on achieving a strong local workforce, with 95 per cent of the construction team calling East Texas home. “From the beginning, we knew the success of this project would rely heavily on the local labour force,” said project manager Forrest Fischer. “The most common trait among employees here in Tyler is a strong desire to work. When coupled with the unique opportunities that a project like Toll
Toll 49 team members (l to r): Ramiro Rubio, James Massey, Ariel Cogar and Susan Pritchett
49 provides, you begin to develop a highly motivated workforce that will retain their skills and ultimately improve the competency of the local workforce overall.”
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Large construction companies often ship in their management team from other regions, with local people hired to fill low-skilled roles with little scope for development. CH2M HILL takes an entirely different approach, as senior construction manager Robert Patcheck explains: “Many of our local employees arrived with little or no previous construction experience, but a great attitude and a willingness to learn. We provide extensive training and opportunities for career mobility, and we’ve seen the results on Toll 49. Many have steadily scaled the ranks and moved into supervisory roles, while learning skills that will easily translate to their next construction project when Toll 49 is completed.”
“I’ve realised I’ve got dirt in my veins. This is the type of work I love to do” All this translates to solid career prospects and a clear road to future opportunities. From the cab of his truck, the interior of which is covered
in a fine sheen of Texan dust, James
Water truck driver and equipment operator
surveys the steady rumble of vehicles and people moving around the site. “It has been awesome
Susan was an equipment operator for another road
to work in an environment with such a strong focus on
construction company but had to travel an hour each
safety, camaraderie and training,” he reflects. “Like a
way to get to the job site. Jumping at the opportunity
lot of folks on this project, I’ve realised I’ve got dirt in my
to work closer to home, she was hired as a water
veins. This is the type of work I love to do.”
truck driver and equipment operator and has cut her commute by two thirds. With Susan’s husband having notched up over three decades in the construction industry, safety is dinnertime talk for the Pritchett family. “It’s very important to both my husband and me that I am safe at work,” she said. “It’s a really a big thing for both of us. CH2M HILL is a great employer and very safety conscious, which is a big plus in my book. Every day in our morning meetings our managers inform us of what’s going on and what’s new, and always make sure that we ‘do it the safe way’.”
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A team gathers for a safety briefing
“I went from picking up sticks and debris on site to supervising a crew of 12 labourers”
ARIEL COGAR Off-road truck operator Although she previously worked for a commercial cleaning company, Ariel had long harboured a fascination with construction. “I have always been interested in trucks and have always wanted to operate one,” she said. “My whole family works in construction, and this was the first real opportunity to pursue that career that I have ever been given.” Initially hired as an off-road truck driver, Ariel is now behind the wheel of a diverse range of heavy Susan Pritchett
equipment, including dozers and rollers. “This job has definitely made a positive impact on my life,” she said. “It has been a great opportunity for me – a
definite career-altering move.”
Labour foreman “I went from being a general labourer at the beginning of the project, picking up sticks and debris on site, to supervising a crew of 12 labourers,” said Ramiro, formerly a cook at a local restaurant. “Before this project started, I was making minimum wage and struggling to make ends meet. Now it’s much easier to provide for my family, and my wife can stay home to care for our children.”
Around 95 per cent of the Toll 49 team is from the local area
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WHERE IT ALL
began 2012 MARKS BICENTENARY OF HALCROW FOUNDER’S BIRTH
t doesn’t look much like a hotbed of industrial
With Britain industrialising
activity these days.
at breakneck speed, skilled engineers were
But half a century ago, Blyth Port on the bare
in hot demand. Meik’s
Northumbrian coastline was at the heart of one of the UK’s
career trajectory followed
leading export industries – coal.
the almost overnight transformation of once
By the 1960s, when the trade reached its peak, Blyth was
sleepy rural districts into
Europe’s largest coal-exporting port. Few projects can
heaving boom towns.
ever have repaid their initial investment so spectacularly as the port at Blyth, built during the mid-19th century, and
In 1845, aged 33, he was serving as engineer to the River
designed by Scottish engineer Thomas Meik.
Wear Commission, which was the driving force behind Sunderland’s maritime works. In 1859, as shipbuilding
Born 200 years ago, Meik designed numerous landmark
exploded along the south Wearside, he was responsible for
facilities of the golden industrial age in Scotland and the
the construction of Hendon Dock.
north of England. The firm created by him and his two sons was ultimately to become world famous as Halcrow.
With work pouring in, Meik took the momentous decision to go into partnership with his former pupil, WD Nisbet, in
An Edinburgh University graduate, Meik was apprenticed to
1868. The foundation of this new practice, with offices in
a Glasgow engineer, John Steedman, who was working on
Edinburgh and Sunderland, is generally considered to be
the city’s Hutcheson Bridge.
the formal beginning of Halcrow.
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HMS Amethyst enters a new dock designed by Thomas Meik and Sons
Thomas Meik practiced as an engineer until 1888, when he retired at the age of 76 As the export coal market took off, the new firm applied its expertise to speeding coal by rail to coastal port heads. The Hylton, Southwick and Monkwearmouth Railway, commissioned in 1871, took coal to the port of Sunderland
A 19th century map of Sunderland
from pits across the north east of England. Thomas Meik practiced as an engineer until 1888, when Although the railway was not a commercial success, the
he retired at the age of 76. He died in 1896, a nationally
lessons Meik learned proved invaluable in creating a series
respected figure revered as a ground-breaking engineer
of railway projects across Scotland, including the East Fife
and a much called upon ‘expert’ witness at innumerable
line which operated until 1964.
royal commissions and parliamentary committees.
Port design remained Meik’s true vocation. Shortly after
Meik’s sons, Patrick and Charles – both highly respected
setting up his Edinburgh office, he was commissioned to
engineers in their own right – developed and diversified the
undertake three major commissions: the Ports of Ayr,
company until their respective deaths in 1919 and 1923.
Burntisland and Bo’ness. All three ports used the latest
The founder’s name lived on in the company’s name until
technology and helped to cement Scotland’s thriving
1941, when CS Meik and Halcrow was renamed as WT
industrial economy in the late 19 century.
Halcrow and Partners.
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AN OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS HELP BRING GAMES TO LONDON
The athletes are arriving. The Olympic torch is winding its way around the UK. And a small army of volunteers is gearing up to ensure the world’s biggest sporting event goes to plan. From greeting visitors at Heathrow Airport and directing lost spectators to supervising venues as the action unfolds, over 70,000 ‘Games Makers’ are preparing for their allocated roles. Amidst the sea of purple and orange uniforms, a handful of Halcrow and CH2M HILL employees are playing their part in London 2012.
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THE SAFETY VOLUNTEER
Lifeguard Jon Dempsey makes a splash If you’re the sort of person who likes to stay warm
Being part of the safety team
and dry, you won’t want to join me
is a serious time commitment.
and the other safety volunteers for the
Athletes are practising during
Olympics canoe slalom event.
the two weeks prior to the games and we’re on site from
We’re standing just metres from the
7.15am to 6.30pm, so some
main event at the Lee Valley white
pretty long days. During the
water course. And because we are on
four competition days, we’ll
lifeguarding duties, we all have to be
alternate between covering
ready to jump straight into the water and
the morning practice
help out any competitor who gets into
sessions and the afternoon
trouble – or any spectator who has got too
close to the edge and slipped in. Of course, the upside is that I get one of the best views
You’ve certainly got to be fit
in the stadium!
to provide safety support for this event. As part of
I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience in white water safety – as well as nine years’
my training I had to swim the whole course several times.
white water kayaking under my belt, I’ve also
Take a look at the size of the white water when the
attended a number of rescue courses.
event is on and you’ll appreciate what it feels like!
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EFFORT THE ‘MEETER GREETER’
Marion Myers welcomes visitors to London As a member of the protocol team, I’m based at
You’ve got to be a people person and
Heathrow Airport to meet and greet Olympic teams
able to cope in difficult situations
to be a volunteer, as you’re dealing with a range of personalities and
We are one of the first points of contact for people when
they land in the UK. Our role is to offer assistance to visitors and deal with any problems they might have.
My husband Stephen is also
And, of course, we’re there to give them the warmest
volunteering at the Olympics.
possible welcome to London. It’s a seven-hour day, six
He’s been assigned to the
days a week for the full two weeks leading up to the
National Olympic Committee
Olympics and then three days when the athletes depart,
attached to the Italian
so it’s pretty full on!
delegation, as he speaks the language fluently.
In my shifts so far, I’ve already met athletes from around the world – Argentinian rowers, Brazilian
It’s a fantastic, once-in-a-life-
basketballers, Colombian swimmers – you name it! The
time opportunity. But when
world’s media has also arrived en masse - my friend
it’s all over, we’re going
spotted me on Australian TV and I had my photo taken
straight off on holiday to
for Time magazine.
Alan Capell gets VIPs from A to B I’m part of the transportation team,
in March this year. Unfortunately, I
based at Olympic Park. I’m what’s
had to turn this spot down because of
known as a T3 driver, which is a
the location, but was delighted to be
bit like a private taxi service – I’ll
selected as a driver in June.
be ferrying officials, sponsors and other VIPs between various sites
In early July I got a chance to test out
around London in a brand new
the fleet cars and practice using the
BMW 3 Series.
radio system, so I’m good to go. I’ve always been involved with my children’s
After applying in October 2010,
sports teams and used to coach
I eventually had an interview in
amateur swimming. In fact, one of the
January 2012 and was offered
kids I used to coach as a 12-year-old is
a position at the rowing venue
competing in the Olympics!
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THE LONDON AMBASSADOR Lost? Selma Hooley is here to help
I’m one of 8,000 London ambassadors who are volunteering across the capital during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We come from all walks of life and include school leavers
Selma (second from left) with fellow London ambassadors
and pensioners. Our role is to provide a friendly face for the millions
My family and I are
of people who will be visiting London. We are all
all sports lovers so
passionate about London and we’ll be expected to do
we’ve been looking
all sorts of things from helping sports fans who are
forward to the
desperate to get to the Olympic stadium to advising
games for years. Unfortunately, London ambassadors
families where they can get a bite to eat on a budget.
don’t qualify for free tickets but we’ve managed to get them for the fencing, football, beach volleyball,
I’m based in central London for six four-hour shifts in
basketball and diving.
the run-up to the games. The three training sessions I’ve attended have been a really valuable preparation
It’s going to be a summer like no other in London.
for the real thing. We were all been taught how to keep
Ambassadors will be right at the heart of the
calm in a crisis and ‘become a pro’ at dealing with
excitement and it will be great to look back and say
‘I was there!’
Dignitaries are in safe hands with Billy Ahluwalia As an Olympic Family hotels hosting team member,
This is technically my second Olympics. As part of the
I’ll be based at three central London hotels to look
Kenyan hockey team I qualified for the 1980 Moscow
after various dignitaries. These include members of
games, but we did
the International Olympic Committee, national Olympic
not compete because
committees and international sports federations, as
of the wider boycott.
well as representatives from the Court of Arbitration for
Having played 33
Sports and World Anti-Doping Authority.
internationals around the world, including
Between 18 July and 13 August, I’ll work one 12-
the 1979 hockey world
hour shift and 12 six-hour shifts. As you can imagine,
cup in Perth, I’ve been
security is really tight. On my first shift I had to refuse
involved in major
entry to the venue security manager because he didn’t
sporting events before
have the correct accreditation to enter a restricted area.
– but it’s hard to top
He had to go back to the accreditations team and have
the Olympics coming
his pass validated!
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THE RETIRED COACH
Peter Campbell cheers on former charges Throughout my
Peter (left) receives a volunteer of the year award
20-year career as
now a middle hitter for the GB men’s indoor team.
a volleyball player and coach, I’ve been
I am very proud to have
helped to set the early
to work with many
foundations for their
respective careers and
My coaching aim was
I’m sure they will make
to ensure the players
the most of the Olympic
and serious while enjoying the sport
Watching over Monty’s
opponents will be my
good friend and GB’s first ever indoor Olympic volleyball referee, Brian
As a volunteer coach with the Scottish juniors, I
McDougall, who worked with me at Glasgow
worked with Imornefe ‘Morph’ Bowes. Following an
Metropolitan Volleyball Club.
accomplished international career, he’s now head coach of the Great Britain (GB) women’s beach
There’s no doubt they all know a lot more about the
volleyball team which will be competing at Horse
game than I do these days, but it’s nice to know that
Guards Parade. In the late 1990s, when I was head
my early influence and their continued commitments
coach of the successful Glasgow under 18s, one of
have brought the ultimate reward. I will certainly
our promising players was Chris ‘Monty’ Lamont,
savour their success!
Avnish Raichura keeps the beat at Olympic ceremonies I’m going to be part of a cast of
acrobatics and drumming. I chose
15,000 as a drummer at the opening
drumming as I had some training in
and closing ceremonies.
percussion from high school.
I applied last year and was invited to
The final audition was the most
a two-stage audition process. Each
surreal experience. Three hundred
audition lasted for six hours and
of us were asked to repeat rhythms
there were about 300 people in
played by drumming legend Mike
Dolbear, under the watchful eye of director Danny Boyle.
The first round involved dance, marching and choreographed
Four weeks later, I received a call
formations. In the second round,
confirming that I’d been selected and
we were invited to ‘role-specific’
rehearsals started in May. It has been
auditions where you could choose
a substantial time commitment, but
from dancing, roller skating,
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ANYONE FOR BRIDGE? FORMER HALCROW ENGINEER PENS SPECIALIST ENCYCLOPAEDIA
The original Wearmouth Bridge, built in 1796
iven the everyday importance of bridges, these vital structures have been surprisingly uncelebrated in music and literature.
An open road rolling into the distance always gets rock stars’ hearts and guitar strings singing. But the poor old bridge, that engineering beast of burden, seems to be sadly neglected. Pontist (bridge lover) supreme David
“WITHOUT DOUBT THIS IS A MAJOR BOOK OF BRITISH TRANSPORT HISTORY”
McFetrich has made a bold stab at setting the record straight. In his
JOURNAL OF THE RAILWAY AND CANAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
magnificent Encyclopaedia of Britain’s Bridges, the former Halcrow engineer has gathered up
In 2005, after I retired, I decided to tackle it as a computer-based project.” David’s life-long interest in bridges began
as schoolboy in the 1950s when he was given The World’s Great Bridges by Hubert Shirley Smith. The
the fruit of a lifetime’s enthusiasm and created the most
book’s sweeping, dramatic pictures of bridges – and the
comprehensive record of Britain’s bridges ever collected.
descriptions of the challenges required to build them – played a key role in his decision to become an engineer.
The most historic, daring, beautiful – even the most ugly – bridges in Britain are included among the 1,650 entries
Because of the sheer impact of Britain’s largest bridges,
in the book. Almost half of the bridges were visited and
there is an inevitable temptation to focus on these, to the
photographed by David personally. For others, he delved
detriment of other smaller structures. David pays his dues
extensively into his collection of 500 books and pamphlets
to such modern-day giants as the HS1 Medway Viaduct
(2003) but also looks with a fond eye on the quirky and historic entries.
“The book is aimed at the general public but it should also be of great interest to professionals,” said David. “I
“The oldest bridges I mention are the Roman bridges at
originally had the idea for the project about 40 years ago,
Chollerford (AD125) and Corbridge (AD160) which are
but the prospect of creating a card index was too daunting.
sadly no longer in existence,” he said. “One of the oldest
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Picturesque Dunsborough Bridge
existing bridges, of which original parts are still standing, is the White Mill Bridge near Sturminster Marshall,
“A MARVELLOUS ADDITION TO THE LITERATURE ON BRITISH BRIDGES”
Dorset (1174) – it’s near
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where I live and is also one of my favourites. “I’ve tried to include bridges that are interesting or unusual in terms of design, construction or location, or have connections with people or events of history. Many have been included simply because they are picturesque.” David started his career as a graduate engineer at Halcrow in 1959. During his time with the company, based at Stanhope Gate, London, he contributed to several key projects, including the new roof for the former Wembley Stadium. He also designed the service catwalks in the roof space of the Terminal 3 main building at London “BOOKS Heathrow’s Airport. LIKE [THIS IS] SO WORTHY Ironically, given his life-long love of bridges, AND VALUABLE, AND he only designed a single bridge. “It was a IT DESERVES A PLACE small footbridge in Scotland. I designed the ON THE BOOKSHELF bridge in 1959 as my first project at Halcrow, OF ANYONE WHO and submitted it to the Institution of Civil VALUES THE HISTORIC Engineers in 1963 when I applied to become ENVIRONMENT OF a corporate member.” BRITAIN” INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW Conwy Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford, is one of the world’s first suspension bridges
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NEW FACILITIES TO BOOST LEARNING IN ETHIOPIA
everal hours’ drive from Addis Ababa, along
School’s out: the current lack of space forces students to learn in shifts
pitted, red-earth roads, the rural town of Bakko lies in the watershed of the Blue Nile river basin.
Over 1,800 pupils attend the local school, which operates in two shifts to cater for both primary and secondary students. The chronic shortage of space is compounded by the fact that the few available classrooms are dilapidated and no longer fit for purpose, falling well below Ethiopian government standards for education buildings. The school also lacks a reliable source of clean water, putting students and teachers at risk of disease.
“We’ve developed a good understanding with our
Mud bricks can be produced locally very cheaply, and with a low carbon footprint
contacts at EDA-E through the projects we’ve implemented jointly over the past few years,” said Andrew. “EDA-E specialises in environmental protection, so all the work it delivers has the emphasis on sustainability
In partnership with a local non-governmental
organisation, the Halcrow Foundation has committed to a complete overhaul of the school’s crumbling
A £19,629 foundation grant will fund the construction
infrastructure. This is the third collaborative project to
of four new classrooms and a clean water supply for
be delivered by the foundation and Environmentalists
drinking and hand washing. Collective ownership is
Development Association-Ethiopia (EDA-E), an NGO
at the project’s heart – the community is chipping in a
dedicated to improving living conditions for rural
£1,728 contribution towards the costs, with around
£750 raised to date. The Bakko town administration has agreed to allocate the land for expansion, valued
Co-sponsors Robin Wood and Andrew Lowe have been
working on a Halcrow project in the Nile Basin for several years, where feasibility studies for irrigation and drainage
Increased pressure on wood supplies has led to
schemes spanning 80,000ha represent the first step
creeping deforestation in the region and problems
towards improved water security for subsistence farmers.
caused by erosion, with established woodlands hacked
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Deforestation is a major problem in the region
Pupils at New Abuka School, Rift Valley
down for construction and firewood. By using lowcost, sustainable mud technology, the project will bring myriad benefits for the community.
“We successfully installed a safe water supply for drinking and hand washing at New Abuka School
“Mud bricks can be produced locally very cheaply, and
last year,” said Andrew. “The kids are healthier and
with a low carbon footprint,” said Robin. “This reduces
absences have dropped since its introduction. Hand
demand for dwindling wood resources and removes
washing is now a part of their daily routine and many
the need to source concrete blocks from Addis Ababa
of the students are passing these messages on to
or more expensive local stone. By using almost
exclusively local labour, the project will also create jobs for people living in the area.”
As well as employing local labour, the water collection and storage system deliberately uses a low-cost, low-
The lack of a reliable water source means students
tech approach. Community members are able to carry
and teachers are more susceptible to illness, which
out repairs using readily available materials, rather
has a knock-on effect on academic progress and
than being dependent on external professionals and
general wellbeing. The planned solution – a system
that channels rainwater from classroom roofs into a secure storage tank – has already transformed the
Bakko pupils move into their new, sustainable
lives of children in Abuka in the Rift Valley.
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PAINTING THE TOWN RED COMPANY SUPPORTS DISASTER RELIEF CHARITY REDR
t was a red letter day for Halcrow on
Employees in Mumbai
10 February 2012. From Hong Kong to Romania and from Swindon to Mumbai,
Halcrow employees joined in the annual ‘Wear red for RedR’ day to show their support for the international disaster relief charity. Red socks, shirts and jumpers were fished out from the back of the wardrobe to brighten up the workplace. A mouth-watering array of red-themed cakes was also on offer to tempt anyone with a sweet tooth. With gift aid added in for UK taxpayers, a grand total of £553.39 was raised for RedR from offices around the world. Big-hearted
“The efforts of Halcrow employees
colleagues in the Glasgow office gave the
around the world could not be
largest single donation of £160 and a lunchtime
more appreciated and show that
collection at Elms House raised £71.
people right across the company are backing our valuable work.
The funds raised will help RedR provide practical help for disaster victims worldwide.
“’Wear red for RedR’ makes a real difference to our work of
RedR chief executive Martin McCann said: “We
training, supporting and providing
were delighted to have Halcrow’s support. As
aid workers in the UK and abroad
an official patron of RedR, Halcrow provides
to help rebuild lives following
valuable corporate support for our work.
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Edinburgh’s Morag Hutton
Red-themed delights in York
The Hong Kong team
All red in Romania
How can I support RedR? Become a member
mentoring programmes to the right candidates.
As a RedR member you will be the first port of call to support the international community’s
Gain field experience to support future efforts
response when disaster strikes. You’ll need
RedR’s future relief workers’ scheme trains
at least five years’ professional experience,
volunteers who are interested in getting involved
of which two should be in an overseas field
in disaster relief missions. The programme
environment with either a development or
is aimed at people with less than four years’
professional experience and allows them to gain invaluable in-the-field experience.
The recruitment and selection process is rigorous but RedR will offer training and
Visit www.redr.org.uk for more information.
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Solid foundation Project sponsors are integral to the Halcrow Foundation; it would be unable to function without these individuals, who bring forward proposals for funding and monitor progress. Drawing on close ties to the community, sponsors identify people in great need and local organisations with which to partner.
or Halcrow’s Rob Clarke, a visit to Africa’s largest informal settlement over a decade ago proved a life-changing experience – for
the Swindon-based business ethics expert and, more significantly, for thousands of people living without access to clean water or sanitation facilities. Rob first ventured into Kibera, home to one in three Nairobi residents, back in 2000. Open sewers run
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alongside rubbish-clogged rivers, and almost 1 million people live crammed into shacks built from scavenged materials. Outsiders rarely visit – “It’s not the kind of place you just wander into,” remembers Rob – and residents avoid venturing out after dark. “It was quite intimidating the first time I went in, and shocking, too,” he said. “It really is subsistence at a most basic level.”
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Kids in Kibera
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Local women help to construct the shower block, Kibera
“It gives me a feeling of satisfaction to know that I’ve actually done something and helped thousands of people” “I had met some of the people from Umande Trust, a local charity, while visiting my family in Kenya. Umande focuses on water and sanitation, as well as grass-roots community organising. I saw first hand the kind of work they do, and wanted to find a way to make a meaningful contribution once I returned to the UK.” With the Halcrow Foundation established in 2005, Rob was part of a vanguard of enthusiastic sponsors armed with project 66 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
Rob pitches in to help with construction
The joy of six – and counting Rob has sponsored a total of six projects since 2005. In addition to the biocentres, he has been involved in two school schemes, also in Kenya, as well as providing emergency support following social unrest and violence in the country. Working in partnership with the Health and Water Foundation, the Halcrow Foundation funded a rainwater harvesting system for drinking and handwashing at Rirumi School in Nairobi, and the construction of new classrooms at a rural primary school. In earthquake-stricken Haiti, sustainable water systems are replacing those destroyed in 2010, and Rob is currently working on a proposal for another biocentre in western Kenya.
ideas. At the time, Umande Trust was
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working to get its biocentre concept off the ground. Rob applied for a foundation grant to fund the pilot in Kibera and the rest, as they say, is history. Each biocentre can be tailored to local needs, but most feature communal sanitation facilities with space on the upper floors for community groups and commercial ventures. Biolatrines also produce gas for cooking and, because they treat waste in-situ, can be sited anywhere in informal settlements. Following the success of this facility, Rob and the Halcrow Foundation teamed up with Umande to deliver another community-owned
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Now they’re cooking with gas With the biolatrine now fully up and running, more gas is being produced than can be used on site for cooking. Umande Trust has supplied a number of durable plastic bags to store excess methane, as well as transporting it for use in local homes.
Residents checks out the bags to store biogas Have bag, will travel
Purity Ndanu Purity Ndanu, aged 22, is married with two children, both under the age of two. “I am grateful for the biocentre in my neighbourhood – before there were no sanitation blocks,” she said. “I now have a place to use daily.” Purity also belongs to a women’s group that meets in the village biocentre in Kisumu, western Kenya. Importantly, the pilot
provided a workable model for replication on a larger scale, with
governments and other organisations pledging funds. “Things
are happening,” said Rob. “There’s been a new sewage pipeline
put in nearby that probably wouldn’t have gone ahead without interventions like the biocentre. And I believe in Kenya now there are around 50 biocentres, but they all started with the one the Halcrow Foundation started not so long ago. “It gives me a feeling of satisfaction to know that I’ve actually done something and helped thousands of people.” 68 ◆ Vox ◆ projects and people
Rob helps to oversee construction of the holding tank
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EVERYONE, FOREVER CH2M HILL supports Water for People’s goal of universal coverage
uantifying the scale of
Last year saw the charity achieve
global water and sanitation
full coverage in Chicha, Honduras,
challenges is a daunting
and it is targetting the same result
exercise. Frequently quoted figures
in Cuchumuela, Bolivia, by the end
– almost a billion people around the
world lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion survive without basic
Next up is the Rwandan district of
sanitation facilities – make the
Rulindo, home to 265,000 people.
task of addressing this situation
In partnership with the Rwandan
meaningfully seem insurmountable.
government, W4P’s goal is to provide every resident with access to clean,
With 3.5 million people dying every
safe water by 2014, making Rulindo
year from preventable water-related
the first district in Rwanda with
diseases, non-profit organisation
universal coverage. Ongoing support
Water for People (W4P) is tackling
forms an integral part of the model,
this ongoing health crisis one
with W4P committing to monitor the
community at a time. Since 2003,
infrastructure for at least a decade
CH2M HILL employees have raised
them. Residents gain a sense of
over US$1 million to help W4P
empowerment, as well as practical
continue this mission.
skills and experience, enabling
As a World Water Corps volunteer,
them to maintain and expand the
CH2M HILL’s Jonathan Waldron
infrastructure after W4P moves on.
visited Rwanda in 2010 to assess
The goal of Everyone, Forever underpins W4P’s approach, with the
local needs. He returned to his
charity focusing on delivering durable
“We focus on what it will take for all
California base with a much deeper
water and sanitation infrastructure at
people in a region to have access to
appreciation of the organisation’s
a district or regional level. Working
quality water and sanitation services,
work. “W4P’s goal is to put itself
with communities to tap into local
and we avoid the easy solutions that
out of work by providing a replicable
resources and enthusiasm, it ensures
look good on the surface but which
model of clean water and improved
universal coverage flows from
ultimately leave out people who are
sanitation to everyone,” he said.
sustainable solutions that are built
hard to reach,” said W4P’s chief
“That goal shows the character of the
and operated by the people who use
executive, Ned Breslin.
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C U O Y
CH2M HILL IS AIMING TO RAISE US$225,000 THROUGH ITS ANNUAL FOR MORE WORKPLACE GIVING INFORMATION, VISIT CAMPAIGN THE W4P SHAREPOINT VOLUNTEER SITE, OR CONTACT FOR THE WORLD JULIE KAUFFMAN WATER CORPS CLICK HERE projects and people ◆ Vox ◆ 71
SPORT WHEELS ON FIRE MELBOURNE TEAM PEDALS FOR CHARITY
irst, they planned to raise
But by the time a team of saddle-sore
that cycling is a healthy activity for
AUS$1,000 for multiple
cyclists from Halcrow’s Melbourne
everyone, regardless of their skill
office had pedalled their last
and fitness levels.
metre home they discovered they’d
Then, they found that they had got an
raised an incredible AUS$2,470 –
“It was great fun,” said team
additional AUS$700 in pledges for the
member Jason Guettler, who works
Melbourne MS Cycle event…
in Melbourne’s traction and rolling The eight-strong
stock team. “With so many cyclists
team whizzed around
on the road, it was sometimes quite
congested. After we got out of the
46km course in
city, though, the roads opened up
just two hours on
and we were able to do some really
25 March. As well
as raising cash for a good cause, the
It’s not too late to lend the riders your
support. Click the donate button for
details of how to contribute.
L to r: Phillip Warren, Stephen Anderson, Luke Gibbons, Jason Guettler, Kris Thompson, George Spink and Darren Quinlivan
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DONA TE HERE
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the United Arab Emirates, the Hajar Mountains provide a steep challenge for even the hardiest runner. Every year a team representing Halcrow’s Abu Dhabi office tackles the rocky range in the Nike Wadi Bih Run.
Lean on me: team members psych themselves up for the event
“The team is made of employees, family and friends,” said client director Sami
“It’s a challenging
Al Qazzaz. “It’s become a bit of a tradition.”
run that takes you
Halcrow runners wind through the mountain range
up into the mountains, with ascents and descents of Of the five-strong team of runners, each had to complete
around 1,000m,” said Sami. “It’s great fun but definitely
15km to make a total distance covered of some 72km.
not for the fainthearted.”
TESTING THEIR METTLE Fitness fanatics from the Abu Dhabi office put themselves to the test in the Tri Yas 2012 triathlon in April. David Connolly, Paul Wagner and Sami Al-Qazzaz were among 18 teams that took part in the event, which was held at the Yas Marina Circuit – one of Halcrow’s showpiece projects and home to Abu Dhabi Formula 1. Sporting duties were divided between each of the team members with Paul tackling the swim, David the cycle and Sami grinding out the run. “It was an excellent challenge,” said Sami. “We are all planning to take part in next year’s event but we will each be aiming to complete it on our own. We’ll be competing in the sprint course which involves a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run.”
(l-r) David, Paul and Sami
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Vasu Chhabra, an assistant engineer from the Delhi office, married his stunning bride Chandni on 11 March 2012.
Henry James Lewis was born on 12 May 2012, weighing 3.4kg, to proud parents Nina and Jim in Dubai.
Vrinda and Arvind Pasula kicked off 2012 in joyous style with the arrival of their beautiful daughter Aratrika on 5 January. Vrinda
Manish Aggarwal from the Mumbai ports team married
and Arvind are both urban planners, based in the Mumbai office.
beautiful bride Megha on 11 March 2012.
Dylan George was welcomed by delighted parents Richard and Sam Small on 8 May 2012, weighing 3.5kg. Dad Richard works as a land surveyor in Swindon.
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autiful wife Norris and his be at scenic d on 5 May 2012 Kerry were marrie ting off on Wales before jet Margam Park in ii. s Vegas and Hawa honeymoon to La
Veronika Alicia Seborga was welcomed into the world by elated parents Anna and Franz, a structural engineer from Halcrow’s Ambreen Waseem and
New York office. Born on 15 March 2012, she weighed 3.5kg.
Irfan Nizam, both hig
on 29 January 201 brated their wedding working in Sharjah, cele in Karachi, Pakistan. with family and friends
Congratulations to Ian and Anita Qatar HR manager Hiba Abboud and her husband, David Poort, were delighted by the birth of Noura Eline Poort on 19 February 2012. Noura weighed 3.5kg.
Liddiard on the birth of baby Edward Ian. He greeted the world on 1 May 2012, weighing 3.2kg.
Robert Mihai Stanila was born on 26 September 2011 to proud mum Andreea, from the Bucharest office, and dad Marian. He weighed in at 2.9kg.
ns manager Andrea Grinbaum
New York-based communicatio
Luca McRae, first grandson to London’s head of web and video, Andrew McRae, was born on 3 May 2012, weighing 3.8kg.
by the latest addition to and husband Andy were overjoyed arrived on 2 March 2012 their family, Jacob Maddox, who big sisters Miriam and Sara. weighing 3.7kg. Here he is with
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Geospatial technologist Hrusikesh Parida from the Hyderabad office and his new wife Dabasree celebrated their wedding on 29 January 2012 in the picturesque coastal town of Puri, Orissa. Glasgow-based Li Mi and Yi Yu Chen were ecstatic with the birth of their first child, Alistair Ziteng, on 26 April 2011. He weighed 2.9kg.
Delhi-based Ganesh Panda and his wife Alpana are the proud parents of baby boy Gautam, who arrived on 9 February 2012.
Fiona Moore from Halcrow’s Tees Valley office and husband Aaron Barth tied the knot on 5 May 2012 in Darlington.
Baby Yashneil was born on 14 March 2012, delighting his parents Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary and Annapurna Kumari. Sanjeev is part of the finance team in Delhi.
child, celebrated the birth of their first Hamid Nazir and his wife Saima 2.5kg. Hamid works as a Hamdan, on 12 May 2012 weighing mechanical
. engineer in Halcrow’s Sharjah office
Congratulations to Romania HR manager Gabi Ivascu and husband Bogdan on the birth of their beautiful daughter Iustina Steliana. She arrived on 9 June, weighing 3kg.
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Ana Sofia Dorneanu arrived on 1 October 2011, delighting her dad Cosmin and mum Roxana, a senior environmental consultant from
Quantity surveyor Mohammed Taslim Arif and his wife Fozia celebrated the birth of their son, Ebaad Ul Haque, on 5 March 2012.
Bucharest. Ana weighed 3.3kg.
Congratulations to Magdi Salem from the Tees Valley office and partner Sara Sayed on the birth of their daughter, Lama Magdi, on 8 January 2012.
Exeter office and husband Emma Allan (née Fisher) from the . Following their ceremony at Will tied the knot on 1 October 2011
rolling green surrounds of the St Mary’s Church in Swindon, the tion. her combined for the perfect recep Cotswolds and hot, sunny weat
Delhi’s Sunder Singh celebrated his marriage to Geeta Maweri on 9 February 2012.
Congratulations to Shelendra Jain and his wife Megha on their new
ied his stunning Graduate engineer Varun Garg marr in Chandigrah. wife Preeti on 23 February 2012
arrival. Baby Aradhya was born on 20 March 2012, weighing 2.8kg.
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