25 Jun

Leicester’s major new road scheme wins prestigious civil engineering award

Anstey Lane improvements

The A46/Anstey Lane in Leicester was announced as the winning project in the Medium Project Award category during the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Merit Awards.

The annual awards are presented to the teams that have delivered some of the best civil engineering projects across the East Midlands region.

This project was submitted by Galliford Try, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Highways England, Waterman Aspen and the Midlands Highway Alliance.

To accommodate the planned developments for the Anstey and Beaumont Leys areas of the city, infrastructure upgrades were required to ensure that local economic growth could take place without adversely affecting traffic flows in and around Leicester.

Leicestershire County Council established the delivery team through the early contractor involvement stage, leading seamlessly to the construction phase, whilst maintaining the same team that delivered the infrastructure upgrades required for Anstey Lane, Bennion Road and the A46 gyratory.

The judges applauded the use of local suppliers within a 20-mile radius, which helped drive local employment. The project was delivered on time, despite Covid-19 restrictions, and under budget. The judges were impressed with the £2.2million in social value terms generated by the project and the engagement of 180 local students at various STEM events.

Commenting on this year’s awards, ICE East and West Midlands Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said:

“Congratulations to all those involved on the A46 Anstey Lane scheme.

“Our annual awards play an important role in not only demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers, but also in celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our everyday lives. I am delighted that despite a difficult year for everyone, our civil engineers continued to safely deliver inspiring projects in often challenging circumstances.”