The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.

Fleming Award

The Fleming Award is awarded annually by the BGA to project teams to recognise excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project.

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The Fleming Award is awarded annually by the BGA to commemorate the life and work of Dr Ken Fleming, who was chief engineer at Cementation Skanska Foundation.

Dr Ken Fleming of Cementation Skanska

Dr Ken Fleming

The Fleming Award competition is held at an evening meeting of the BGA each December, with entries being invited during the autumn of each year. The award recognises excellence in the practical application of geotechnics in a project or a part of a project, and is awarded to project teams who have worked on geotechnical projects that have been substantially completed within the two years prior to the award date of December. Each Team is expected to comprise between 3 and 6 people, at least one of whom must be a member of the BGA.

Submitting teams typically include representatives from Clients, Main Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Specialist Contractors and so on. The award is presented to the Project Team which most demonstrates excellence in geotechnical design & construction. There is an emphasis on teamwork across the different disciplines involved in the project, innovation is also a strong consideration.

Submissions for the Fleming Award can be made via the form on the Prizes page.

There is a prize of £1,000, donated by Cementation Skanska Foundations.


List of winners of Fleming Award

Year Winners Finalists Keynote Speakers
2017 The PISA Project
  • Oxford University
  • Imperial College London
  • DONG Energy
  • Carbon Trust
  • SOCOTEC UK (formerly ESG)
  • representing the many companies involved in the Project
Garrion Gill Slope Remediation
  • Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Scotland
  • QTS Group Limited
  • COWI UK Limited
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Datum Group
Pines Hotel Cliff Stabilisation Scheme
  • CH2M
  • Raymond Brown Construction
  • The Pines Hotel
Toby Roberts, WJ Groundwater

"Groundwater control for excavations in Cork, Ireland"
2016

Crag End Landslip Remediation

  • Volker Stevin
  • Atkins
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Keller

Crossrail C300 & C410 Compensation Grouting

  • Crossrail
  • BAM Ferrovial Kier JV
  • Keller BAM Ritchies JV

Farnley Haugh Emergency Works

Renewals Collaborative Delivery Partnership (RCDP) – Network Rail, CML, AECOM

Tony O'Brien, Mott MacDonald

"Geotechnical Characterisation:

Recent Developments and Applications"

2015

Chantry Lane Chalk Mines Remediation, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

  • BAM Ritchies
  • Welwyn and Hatfield BC
  • MACE
  • Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd

Deep Basement for Exhibition Road Building, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Arup
  • AL_A
  • Wates Construction

Deep Basement for British Museum World Conservation & Exhibition Centre, London

  • Ramboll
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Mace
  • Arup
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Keller
  • P J Carey
  • Rowecord
  • GIG Fassaden

Duncan Nicholson, Arup

“Developments in the Observational Method for Retaining Walls”

2014

Victoria Station Upgrade - Northern Tunnels

  • Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall (TWBN)
  • Mott MacDonald (MM)
  • Keller
  • London Underground Ltd

Queensferry Crossing –A Collaborative Approach To Marine Foundation Construction

  • Transport Scotland
  • Arup
  • JV Ramboll

Barcelona High Speed Railway Tunnel: Protecting World Heritage Buildings

  • UPC‐BarcelonaTech
  • Intecsa‐Inarsa
  • Sacyr
  • Sener
  • SPICC

Tim Chapman, Arup

“Explaining geotechnical risks to clients”

2013

Lee Tunnel, Abbey Mills, Stratford –Shaft F

  • MVB JV
  • AECOM
  • CH2M HIL
  • Bachy Soletanche
  • UNPS
  • Cambridge University

Danube Bridge 2, “Vidin- Calafat” between Bulgaria and Romania

  • High Point Rendel and Ingerop JV
  • URS
  • Flint & Neil
  • Iberinsa JV
  • FCC Construccion S.A.

Collaborative Value Engineering: Propping the Crossrail Tottenham Court Road Western Ticket Hall

  • Crossrail
  • Arup-Atkins JV
  • URS
  • BFK JV
  • Kier Engineering & Dam Structures

Eur Ing David Norbury BSc MSc CEng MICE

“EC7 – progress and myths”

2012

Construction on West Quay Collapse, Bridgewater

  • Somerset CC
  • Crestmoor Construction

Kirklees

  • Coffey Geotechnics

Field Road Coley District

  • Peter Brett Associates

Dr Chris Menkiti, GCG

“The Impact of Ground Movements due to Tunnelling – Two Uncommon Examples of Important Effects in a Hard Soil and a Soft Rock”

2011

Design And Construction Of The Toombul Jacked Box

  • Arup Geotechnics
  • Benaim – URS Scott Wilson
  • RD Geotech

M74 Completion

  • Interlink M74JV
  • Jacobs/Atkins Design JV

Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade – The D-Shaped Pile

  • London Underground
  • Buro Happold
  • Bauer Keller JV
  • Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttall JV

Neil Smith, Applied Geotechnical

“Progress on the UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP) and related future developments”
2010

Use of Tyre Bales in A421 Foundations

  • Highways Agency
  • Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering
  • URS Scott Wilson

St German’s Pumping Station Cofferdam

  • Costain
  • University of Southampton
  • Mott MacDonald

Cannon Street Station Redevelopment –Micropiles & Associated Geotechnical Works

  • Hines
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Expanded Piling
  • Foggo Associates
  • GCG
  • Byland Engineering

Martin Pedley, Cementation Skanska

“10 Decades of Geotechnical Engineering and Innovation: A History of Cementation”

2009

One New Change

  • Land Securities
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Hoare Lea
  • Arup
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Geothermal International

Isle of Grain Pump House Cofferdam

  • Garassino Srl
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Bachy Soletanche Limited

First Street, Manchester

  • Ask Developments Ltd
  • Ove Arup & Partners
  • Celtic Remediation Ltd
  • Fraser Blair Associates
  • David Langdon LLP

Tony O’Brien, Mott MacDonald

“Pile group design for major structures – pitfalls and opportunities”

2008

Limerick Submerged Tube Tunnel Temporary Works

  • John Sisk & Son Ltd
  • Webber Associates
  • MLM Consulting Engineers

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

  • BNHJV
  • White Young Green
  • Stent Foundations

Brigg Line Freight Enhancement

  • Network Rail
  • Ove Arup & Partners
  • Carillion Civil Engineering

Dinesh Patel, Arup

“Deep basement scheme at Ropemaker Place, Moorgate”

2007

Amsterdam Central Station

  • ARCADIS
  • Combination Strukton Betonbouw van Oord ACZ
  • Movares Nederland B.V.
  • Royal Haskoning
  • Smet-Keller
  • RD Geotech

Bow Bells House

  • Buro Happold
  • Stanhope
  • Stent

Kings Cross Ticket Hall

  • ABBT
  • Morgan Bemo JV
  • Arup

Jim Williams, English Heritage

“From research guidelines – piling and archaeology”

2006

Govan Dewatering Scheme

  • Keller Ground Engineering
  • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
  • Gifford and Partners
  • WJ Groundwater
  • Gallaghers
  • Arup Scotland

Lyme Regis Coastal Defences

  • High Point Rendel
  • Carillion
  • West Dorset District Council

Prof. Malcolm Bolton, Cambridge University

“Foundation piles: advances in understanding and technology”

2005

Castlehaven Coast Protection and Slope Stabilisation Scheme, An Innovative Geotechnical Solution, Niton, Isle of Wight

  • High Point Rendel
  • Van Oord UK Ltd
  • TPGEO/Group Ress

Ground Improvement Solutions for the M60 Orbital Motorway Widening Scheme around South Manchester

  • Highways Agency
  • AMEC
  • Alfred McAlpine JV
  • Halcrow
  • Pennine Vibropiling

The UK’s largest soil mixed reactive barrier

  • Northampton Borough Council/ English Partnerships Joint Initiative
  • Halcrow Group
  • Mowlem Remediation
  • Mowlem Piling and Foundations
  • Envirotreat Technologies

Tim Chapman, Arup Geotechnics

2004

Moorhouse Draught Relief Shaft for Crossrail, London

  • Arup Geotechnics
  • Geotechnical Consulting Group
  • Skanska UK Building
  • WJ Groundwater Ltd
  • Crossrail London Links Ltd
  • Arup Tunnelling
  • Skanska UK Tunnelling

Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin

  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Mouchel Parkman
  • Environmental Protection
  • Agency
  • Dublin Docklands
  • Development Authority
  • Pierse Contracting


The River Witham Phase 2/3 Contract, Lincoln

  • Bullen Consultants
  • Environment Agency
  • May Gurney


Prof. John Burland, Imperial College

2003

Dublin Port Tunnel

  • Geotechnical Consulting Group
  • Dublin County Council
  • Nishimatsu/Mowlem/Irshenco JV
  • Haswell Consulting Engineers & University College Dublin

World Trade Centre Recovery Effort

  • Mueser Rutledge
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Port Authority of New
  • York & New Jersey
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Nicholson Construction/Hayward Baker JV

CTRL 250 Ripple Road Bridge Settlement Mitigation

  • Bachy Soletanche, Nuttall/Ways
  • Freytag/Keir JV
  • Donaldson Associates Ltd
  • Rail Link Engineering

CTRL C320 Thames Tunnel

  • Rail Link Engineering,
  • Hochtief-Murphy JV
  • Amec-Spie
  • Keller Ground Engineering
  • Land & Water Services
  • WJ Groundwater
Prof. Michael C R Davies, University of Dundee
2002

Heathrow Airside Road Tunnel

  • Mott MacDonald
  • BAA plc
  • Laing O’Rourke

A542 Pentredwr Landslide

  • Wardell Armstrong
  • Denbighshire County Council
  • Wrexham County Borough Council
  • KM Construction (NW) Ltd
  • Rock Engineering Ltd.

Aznalcóllar Slurry Trench Wall

  • Golder Associates (UK) Ltd
  • Soletanche Bachy (Rodio)

Dr Hugh St. John, GCG

“Ken’s Life and Work”

2001

Rail track Northwest Structure Alliance

  • Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick
  • Railtrack
  • Edmund Nuttall

Large Diameter Piles at New Medway Crossing

  • Maunsell Limited
  • Highways Agency
  • WS Atkins
  • Mowlem Piling

The South Steps Project

  • Building design partnership
  • Taylor Woodrow Construction
  • GCG
  • Tony Gee and Partners
  • John Doyle Construction
  • Royal Albert Hall

Mike Putnam, Skanska UK

“The Future of Geotechnics is Teamworking”

2000

The Copenhagen Metro –The observational method at Norreport station

  • Bachy Soletanche
  • Carillion
  • Maunsell
  • Comet

Home Extension Project, Central London

Rainham Landfill –The KGRID Foundation Support System

  • Cleanaway

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