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Success for JBA Bentley at Institution of Civil Engineers Awards East Midlands Merit Awards

JBA Bentley’s project at Mill Fleam Pumping Station in Derby was named Medium Project of the Year at the 2023 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs).

The EMMAs celebrate individual and project achievements, recognising the best engineering projects, outstanding individual contributions and innovation across the industry.

Mill Fleam Pumping Station (Project Munio) – an £8m scheme for Derby City Council – is a key piece of flood defence infrastructure, providing heightened protection in Derby city centre during heavy rainfall, an area that has suffered historic river and surface water flooding. The scheme was the final phase of Project Munio – a key phase of work to reduce flood risk along the west bank of the River Derwent, and future proof the city against the effects of climate change.

Works on site involved the installation of large hydraulic lock gates, sheet piled river walls, a fish refuge area and a new pumping station capable of passing forward flows of 4,500 litres per second.

Pictured: Construction works at Project Munio - view of the site and pumping station

The judges highlighted that ‘the project demonstrated benefits of utilising new technologies and collaboration software.’ Due to space and time constraints, several innovations were implemented on the scheme to meet these challenges, including 3D and augmented reality to improve resource use and safety; off-site and factory manufactured products reducing site-time and enhancing quality; and collaborative design, commissioning, construction and client teams, ensuring the right solution at the right time.

Nick Lister, Operations Director said: “It’s fantastic to see the project recognised by the ICE. The new pumping station will play an important role in reducing flood risk in the city. I know how hard the team have worked to successfully deliver the works – many people thought the programme was unachievable, but the team showed what can be delivered when they come together and operate as one – utilising digital in project delivery to improve safety, drive efficiency and innovation and aid collaboration. Congratulations and well done all.”


Read more about the project on Derby City Council’s website.

Learn more about The EMMAs here.

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