MWH scoops project award

Water and environmental engineering company MWH has won the APM Overseas Project of the Year award for a reconstruction project in Iraq


Water and environmental engineering company MWH has won the APM (Association of Project Management) Overseas Project of the Year award for a reconstruction project looking at water and waste planning solutions for Iraq.


The project was headed by MWH design and overall project lead technical manager Nigel Read and project manager Andy Bent-Marshall, working with colleagues from MWH’s UK headquarters in Warrington, MWH Belfast, and MWH in the United States.


Read said: ‘This project is all about capacity building, not aid. It is about providing the Iraqis with the skills to help themselves. The project required international co-ordination and management of teams in eight offices on three different continents, all working to improve the lives of the Iraqi people following years of conflict and loss of essential public health facilities.’


The project began in November 2006 when MWH’s Federal Group in the United States was commissioned by the US Air Force Centre for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE) to carry out a project for the reconstruction programme in Iraq.


The project comprised a wastewater treatment works design, a solid waste landfill design, raw water hydraulic computer modelling for the Baghdad area, providing a computer model of water flows and capacities for irrigation use and a National Solid Waste Master Plan for rubbish disposal.


The total cost of the project was just over £2m. MWH in the UK took sole responsibility for the raw water model and the solid waste master plan, and for the process, civil and mechanical design of the waste water treatment works. This accounted for over £800,000 of the total project budget, with the US team carrying out the landfill design and the electrical and ICA design of the treatment works.


Baghdad University was a sub-consultant on the project, carrying out work in Iraq including data collection, topographical, hydrological and geotechnical surveys, and fieldwork connected with the raw water modelling.