The Boston Central Artery jacked tunnels initiative won its 10th award with the announcement of a ‘2004 Nova Award’ for innovation. The Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) presented the award to the team for design, specialist construction advice and supervision on the project.

CIF is an international non-profit organisation, which was formed in 1987 to recognise and encourage innovation that allows improvement in quality, together with a reduction in the cost of construction.

The project involved jacking three full section highway tunnels under an operating commuter railway in Boston, US. They are currently claimed as being the largest jacked tunnels in the world by the project team.

Alan Powderham, a director of consultant Mott MacDonald and the project team leader said: “Innovation on projects thrives on teamwork and shared success. To provide innovation – which is the successful delivery of a creative idea – a team needs to work as a cohesive, unified force and this award is testament of that achievement.”