Selly Oak triumphs at ICE Awards

Selly Oak New Road Phase 2, part of Birmingham City Council’s £1.3 billion regeneration investment claimed the Overall Project Award for 2011 and two other prestigious awards at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) annual ceremony for the West Midlands region.

Birse Civils/Rail and Tony Gee teamed up for a £16 million contract for the design and construction of two new 70 metre long, three-span reinforced concrete bridges to carry the railway and canal over the new bypass.

The scheme, due for completion by July 2011, was also highly commended in a fourth category for Sustainability. It was originally planned as a 100 metre long tunnel taking the new road through a 14 metre high embankment. Tony Gee developed the Innovation Award winning alternative double bridge design, providing significant construction benefits and a more attractive environment for pedestrians.

A temporary canal diversion and careful phasing of the works enabled the busy cross-city railway to remain fully operational throughout construction and minimise disruption to commuters and the local community.

May 2011

Selly Oak New Road Phase 2