Proactive innovation wins the day at the Highways Awards


The 14th Highways Awards (formerly the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) took place on Wednesday (18 October) in the jubilant atmosphere of the Nine Kings Suite at the Lancaster London.

Thirteen winners were announced by delightful celebrity guest Julia Bradbury (pictured) – star of ITV’s recent Britain’s Best Walks and Best Walks with a View travelogues – along with representatives from each of the five platinum sponsors and eight award sponsors.


Attended by just shy of 500 highway industry professionals, the Awards once again reflected another busy year in the sector, with each winning entry showing a real proactive approach to change, innovation and collaboration.

The Official Charity Partner for the gala evening dinner was construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club and an amazing £4,769 was raised during the evening, which was gratefully received by the charity’s chief executive, Bill Hill.

Big congratulations to all those winners and highly commended entrants in each of the 13 categories, along with special thanks to all the Highways Awards’ judges, supporters and sponsors:

Most Innovative Highway Authority Scheme of the Year

Sponsored by Tripod Crest

Winner: London Borough of Waltham Forest Enjoy Waltham Forest

Judges’ Comment: “An excellent example of community involvement to regenerate and change an area that was infrastructure heavy.”

Highly commended: Kier Highways & Surrey County Council S-Skills

Site Safety Initiative Award

Platinum sponsorship Dynniq

Winner: WJ Group

WJ Guardian Road Stud Installation System

Judges’ Comment: ‘A very innovative and safe solution to a dangerous operation, that keeps both operatives and the travelling public safe.’

Road Safety Scheme of the Year

Sponsored by Keysoft Solutions

Winner: Scotland TranServ, Clearview Intelligence, Coeval and Transport Scotland

A75 Speeding related accidents, route action Variable Speed/Vehicle Class Activated Signs

Judges’ Comment: ‘An innovative approach identifying the class of vehicle causing issues and specifically targeting that class.’

Award for Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector

Platinum sponsorship Total Bitumen

Winner: Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture

A1 Leeming to Barton Improvements (A1L2B)

Judges’ Comment: ‘Really impressive saving with 100,000m3 of existing pavement and 97% of waste diverted from landfill.’

Highly Commended: GRAHAM Construction & Metrobus

Metrobus Contract D

Road Marking Project of the Year

Sponsored by RSMA

Winner: Lancashire County Council, WJ North Ltd & Meon UK Ltd

Bank Bridge, Tarleton

Judges’ Comment: ‘Impressed by the performance of the scheme and the strong supply chain collaboration.’

Major Project Award

Sponsored by Tarmac

Winner: Skanska, Jacobs, Highways England & AECOM

M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme

Judges’ Comment: ‘A very worthwhile project, tackling a highly congested section of the network.’

Highly Commended: Aggregate Industries UK Ltd and Costain Ltd

A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement

Highway Industry Product of the Year

Platinum sponsorship Shell Bitumen

Winner: Tensar International Ltd

Spectra Pavement Optimisation System

Judges’ Comment: ‘Impressed by the potential environmental and benefits to society.’

Team of the Year

Platinum sponsorship MWay Comms

Winner: A14 Integrated Delivery Team

Procurement & Supply Chain Team

Judges’ Comment: ‘Impressed by the clear objectives of the team and how these were executed, with potential to raise wider industry standards.’

Highly Commended: Suffolk County Council & Kier

Suffolk Highways Surface Dressing Delivery Team

Highly Commended: A-one+ & Highways England

One Team Approach

Highway Partnership Award

Sponsored by WJ

Winner: Hanson UK & Dorset County Council

The Dorset/Hanson Strategic Partnership

Judges’ Comment: ‘Good performance improvements, clear efficiency targets and excellent to see the partnership charter really working.’

Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award

Sponsored by Kier

Winner: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services & Highways England

Area 12 ASC Programme Delivery

Judges’ Comment: ‘Very impressive lean initiative taking a whole life cost approach and saving £0.5m.’

Highly Commended: Galliford Try, Capita & Salford City Council

Urban Vision

Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry

Platinum sponsorship MVIS

Winner: Department for Transport, Gaist Solutions, Soenecs, Thurrock Council, Wiltshire Council & City of York Council

Gaist Pothole Spotter

Judges’ Comment: ‘High quality and frequently refreshed information on potholes across networks providing great potential for development.’

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by the IHE

Winner: Lancashire County Council

Cameron Newsham

Judges’ Comment: ‘Cameron has gone beyond expectations and become a valuable contributor to the team.’

Highly Commended: Tarmac

Richard Denman

Highly Commended : Amey

Bradley Richardson

Judges’ Special Merit Award

Sponsored by Archway Products

The outstanding entry considered to be a ‘game changer’ by all the judges was the A14 Integrated Delivery Team with their Procurement & Supply Chain Team.

The Highways Awards are independently judged by an esteemed panel of representatives from every corner of the United Kingdom, including the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, the Welsh Government, Transport NI Eastern Division, Highways England and the Institute of Highway Engineers. For more information, and for full details of all the shortlisted entries, please download a full copy of the Highways Awards 2017 Review document  or visit the website.

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