CRA reveals award-winning repair and refurbishment project

The Concrete Repair Association (CRA) has announced the winner of the Concrete Society CRA Repair & Refurbishment Award 2020, presented in recognition of exceptional work to the repair or refurbishment of an existing structure. Currall Lewis & Martin Construction (CLM) has taken the accolade for its concrete repair and cathodic protection project on the A38(M) DC 10-16 Concrete Repairs + ICCP Project, part of an ongoing repair strategy for the Midlands Links Motorway Viaducts.

The project involved the essential repair and protection of elevated bridge deck soffits, support columns and panel walls due to significant deterioration. By intricately planning phased concrete repairs and the installation of cathodic protection to the deck soffit, CLM managed the considerable achievement of keeping all eight lanes of the A38 route into Birmingham operational without customer disruption. On average, this road is travelled on 71,832 times daily.

The works area and compound location were in extreme proximity, meaning that it was critical to design and implement a robust one-way system and transport plan. In addition, the project’s location adjacent to the River Thame, a known flood plain, meant that the Environment Agency required a detailed flood risk plan emphasising initial plan and layout through to robust reactive measures, should flooding occur.

The award-winning project demonstrated CLM’s ability to deliver a complex proposal dealing with multiple complications to provide a solution that exceeded client expectations. The detailed approach to hand-and-arm vibration (HAVS) exposure as well as the precise use of robotic hydro demolition were other standout aspects of the project.

Highly-commended awards go to entries from Fosroc International Limited and Beton Bauen for their work on the Newbridge on Wye, Powys, and PJ Mear Ltd for the Balfron Tower project. The judging panel considered each entry in terms of complexity, quality of service, innovation and environmental considerations of the project.

Jonathan Thurlbeck, Vice Chairman of the Concrete Repair Association, said: “Our congratulations go to all the shortlisted entries, which highlight how complex projects with extensive repair needs can be met through truly innovative solutions.

“In a testing and tumultuous year, it’s fantastic that CRA members can continue to work on projects like this to such a high standard.”

Managing director of CLM Ron Pinfield said: “I am delighted that we have won the CRA award, it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the construction team and everyone at CLM.”

Information about all the shortlisted projects can be found on the CRA website here.