Laing O’Rourke presents Ramboll award for industry game changing innovation

26 October 2021
Laing O’Rourke’s annual Supply Chain Awards that recognise outstanding, performance, safety productivity and sustainability were presented on 5th October in an online ceremony, where Ramboll was chosen as their innovation winner.

John Armitage. Ramboll

John Armitage

Technical Director, Bridges
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The Digital Bridges, DfMA Programme innovation project that secured the win, is not only creating major benefits and tangible outcomes on site, it will also drive far reaching industry benefits. 

The programmes outcomes:

  • Sustainability - 30% reduction in carbon
  • Productivity and programme – Reducing a seven-week programme to one
  • Safety - 84 operative weeks reduced to 6

Following on from the successful development of DfMA bridges with Laing O’Rourke for HS2 Enabling Works North, and the Highways England and Innovate UK funded programme for Digitally Enabled and Assured Product Based Bridges, Ramboll has continued to develop innovative DfMA solutions, including options for flexible bridge abutments.

Ramboll’s innovation, technical excellence and collaboration with Laing O’Rourke, Atkins and WSP working with clients are what helped the team secure the award. 

In presenting the award, Laing O’Rourke’s Technical Director Europe, Joanna Vezey, said:

“Ramboll has been that key player, and to exemplify why Ramboll was chosen for this award, one of our team members sad “quite seriously they have been fantastic, really collaborative and proactive in developing the concept to become something that can be manufactured and built. Their thought process isn’t just about how to deliver what is in their brief it’s always thinking about what else can we do or how else can we add more value”. Our bridges programme and flexible abutments are a true industry game changer that has been harnessed on our projects, so congratulations to Ramboll”.

Commenting on this work, John Armitage, Ramboll Technical Director, Bridges said:

 “Through excellent collaboration between Ramboll, Laing O’Rourke and partners we have driven the innovation required to develop new solutions, drawing on cost and programme gains that have been seen from the use of DfMA shells on HS2 bridges. We look forward to seeing extensive roll-out of this innovation in the future”. 


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