Junction 11 Project Wins at ICE Awards

28 June 2011

The M4 Junction 11 and Mereoak Improvement Scheme has been named Overall Winner at the ICE Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Awards 2011, the highest honour for engineering projects within the region.

Capita Symonds provided landscape design and consultancy services on the £65m project on behalf of client Reading Borough Council.

Granted planning in 2002, the works at Junction 11 are unique in being the first to be undertaken by a local planning authority rather than the highways agency. An exemplar project, the landscape masterplan reflects best practice in ecology and drainage, whilst having a strong emphasis on design with the aim of promoting the junction as a key gateway into Reading.

Since its opening in the summer of 2010, the project has made a real difference - rush hour delays have been virtually eliminated through a major reconstruction of the junction and the associated road network.

Howard Larkin, chair of the judging panel, said: “The improvements made to M4 Junction 11 have transformed this vital road network. The visually striking pedestrian bridges make a positive statement at the gateway to Reading and we commend the use of intelligent traffic management which minimised delays during works.”