Project Centre and Parsons Brinckerhoff win prestigious highways award for Olympic 2012 Games venue

Parsons Brinckerhoff, the global engineering consultant and Project Centre, NSL Group’s Technical Design agency, have won Highway Magazine’s prestigious annual ‘Highway Partnership Award’, for their innovative work on venue transport management to protect residents and businesses from spectator parking during the London 2012 Games.

The award recognised the excellence of Parson Brinckerhoff’s joint work with Project Centre, for LOCOG (The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) on managing this logistically complex and critical area of activity during the Games. The Judges declared that lessons from the partnership’s approach should be used as examples for future British events.

The award was presented at the magazine’s tenth annual ceremony, held at London’s Grosvenor Park Hotel on 10th October. The judging panel was chaired by Richard Hayes, President of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), and the panel comprised several leading highways and engineering figures.

On the Parsons Brinckerhoff and Project Centre partnership, the Judges said: “There was a magnitude of obstacles overcome in a very short time period to make this partnership a great success for an event being watched and judged by the world. Lessons can be learned from this example for future British events.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Technical Director, Stephen Wojcik said: “The Games provided the transport industry with many challenges. This prestigious award is the result of the performance delivered through unparalleled partnerships not just with the event organiser LOCOG and our partners Project Centre but with Transport for London (TfL), government bodies, local highway authorities and businesses. Our work allowed us to push the boundaries in terms of approach and technology, which will benefit future public events and the wider transport industry, as well as local communities and the general public.”

Project Centre MD, Kevin Donnelly, said: “Everyone at Project Centre is extremely delighted to have won such a prestigious award from Highways Magazine for our work in partnership with LOCOG and Parsons Brinkerhoff. We are particularly pleased that the Judges highlighted how lessons can be learnt from the project for future British events. We are certainly drawing on the valuable experience we gained to add value to the partnerships we create on current and future projects.”

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Nick Welsh, Parsons Brinckerhoff

01483 528568; (07770) 832838; welshn@pbworld.com
Dr Belinda Webb, NSL Head of Communications
020 7430 6912; (07825 088794); belinda.webb@nsl.co.uk 

Notes to Editors

NSL delivers services in regulated public environments, where we provide the expertise to develop, resource, and manage complex outsourced services to achieve our clients’ outcomes. The company employs more than 4,600 people and has over 100 offices throughout the UK, providing tailored solutions for the following markets:

• Consultancy – Project Centre provides a wide range of consultancy services, including cycling infrastructure design, parking design, traffic modelling, urban design and road safety engineering.
• Patient and Passenger Transport –non-emergency and specialist NHS patient transport services. Passenger transport services across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
• Business Processing – identity validation solutions, and back office operations, including Shared Service Centres in Croydon, Coventry and Oldham for Transport for London (TfL), Local Government and the NHS.
• Enforcement – on and off-street enforcement services; NSL is the UK’s biggest employer of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), Parking Attendants, and Traffic Attendants. NSL manages over 500 car-parks and delivers effective traffic management enforcement services for most of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, and London – where NSL works in partnership with 18 Boroughs.
NSL is an Investor in People Champion, and was awarded an Investor in People GOLD Award, joining the top 2% of UK organisations to have achieved the prestigious standard, which is given only to organisations who can demonstrate excellence in developing and supporting their staff. (www.nsl.co.uk).

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with approximately 14,000 employees in 150 offices dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power, mining, buildings, and water and community development projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure services organisation that also provides construction services, support services, and infrastructure investments (www.pbworld.com).