3rd July 2014:

Three construction projects with which Oxford Archaeology has been closely associated – Crossrail, the Covenham-Boston Pipeline, and DP World London Gateway – have been nominated for British Construction Industry awards.

Costain Skanska JV has been nominated in the BIM Project Application Award at Crossrail Paddington, while Skanska Construction UK is in the Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50m) category for its work at Crossrail Bond Street Station and Crossrail Paddington Station. OA in partnership with Ramboll UK (OAR) were fortunate to have worked on both these projects as part of the Crossrail C254 Contract, carrying out investigations, watching briefs and excavations on both projects. At Bond Street Station, OAR excavated the remains of the Tyburn River and St Anselm’s Church and School ahead of the station construction. At Paddington, OAR was responsible for recording the dismantling of elements of the Grade 1 listed Paddington Station and recording the underlying Pleistocene geology during extraction for the new station.

Anglian Water has been nominated for Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£10m to £50m) for its work on the Covenham-Boston Pipeline. OA has a significant involvement in this project, excavating a series of sites along the 42km route of a water transfer pipeline down the eastern side of Lincolnshire following on from geophysical and fieldwalking surveys and extensive trial trenching. The route, running from south of the Humber Estuary across the Wolds and into the Silt Fens as far as Boston, is the largest piece of fieldwork ever undertaken in this part of the region involving teams from all three offices.

DP World London Gateway Port, nominated for Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50m), is a vast new container port in the Thames estuary. When complete it will have six highly automated deep-water berths capable of accommodating the new generation of supersized cargo ships, integrated with one of the largest logistics parks in Europe, with dedicated road and rail links. OA has been involved since 1999, when it produced the first environmental impact assessment, and is one of the few companies to have contributed to all stages of the development. Since 2007 OA has been working with the Environment Team at London Gateway and consultant Gill Andrews to deliver the land-side aspects of the archaeological programme. In 2009 London Gateway CEO Simon Moore awarded the OA team a 'Golden Dhow' for its outstanding performance in completing a 40-ha excavation of a well-preserved Iron Age and Roman salt-making industry at Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve. The results were published in record time in 2012 as a monograph and popular booklet.

OA has played an integral role in helping to deliver all these projects, and has built highly successful and long-term relationships with its partners in the construction industry. The winners of the 2014 BCI Awards will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel on 8 October 2014. We extend our congratulations to all the nominees.