Impact in Roads

This award recognises consulting firms within the construction and civil engineering industry that provide services within the roads sector. 

Hill & Smith Infrastructure

How early engagement, close collaboration across the supply chain partners and lean construction innovations have enabled the delivery of the National Highways’ safety barrier upgrade scheme on the M40/M42 interchange ahead of schedule, with notable outcomes. The Project Team involving Hardstaff Barriers and bmJV / SMP Alliance, embraced digital design early on the project to assess feasibility and identify construction constraints. This approach powered product innovation leading to the deployment of a new barrier solution, designed and trialled ahead of full implementation. The early completion of the scheme resulted in significant benefits from programme efficiencies, risk mitigation and cost savings, to carbon impact reduction and minimised customer disruption.

Rubicon Wigzell

RW contributed signficantly to National Highways' ambitious plan to retrofit at least 70% of the 105,000 lights across the SRN lights with environmentally friendly LED alternatives. This initiative delivered substantial energy savings, carbon reduction, reduced maintenance needs, improved safety for road users and workers, reinforcing National Highways' commitment to sustainability and efficiency in road infrastructure management.The results achieved in the Northwest and facilitated by RW above have demonstrated that the National Highways LED programme targets are achievable, that there are opportunities for cost savings, productivity improvements, a reduced negative impact on the road user, less cost for taxpayers and as more LED’s are installed at a quicker rate, then this is a win for the environment.Steve Elderkin, Director of Environmental Sustainability for National Highways, said: “As a company, we manage 4,500 miles of road so it is vital we look to cleaner alternatives.”

SMP Alliance with National Highways, Fluor, Jacobs, WSP, Balfour Beatty, Costain, BAM Morgan Sindall JV

Established in 2020, and mobilised in the pandemic, SMP Alliance is the first adopter of the NEC4 alliance model contract. Seven members (National Highways, Fluor, Jacobs, WSP, Balfour Beatty, Costain and the BAM/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture) are on a shared mission to be a high-performance enterprise that excels in delivering enhancements to the strategic road network. Thanks to passionate, solutions-focussed people who embrace innovations, shared values and behaviours, that mission has come to fruition over the last 18 months. The Alliance has worked tirelessly together with its suppliers to complete major road schemes early/on budget, as well as adapt and respond rapidly to Transport Select Committee recommendations and multiple other major external challenges/changes. SMP Alliance’s agility, resilience and collaborative culture have seen it develop into a mature industry-leading enterprise that is transforming infrastructure performance by successfully delivering its vision to make infrastructure safer, greener and evermore efficient for everyone.


Over the last year, we have been involved in a project alongside Pollution Solution, supporting our sustainable transport and healthy living aspirations through the development of a new and innovative piece of technology. Our talented design team has assisted Pollution Solution by providing the technical expertise to overcome design issues associated with the construction and installation of the the ‘Roadvent’ system. ‘Roadvent’ is a proactive and highly effective solution that can reduce human exposure to road-based emissions. It has been primarily developed to reduce air pollution generated by slow moving or stationary traffic around schools, drive-throughs, hospitals and air quality management areas, where people, particularly children and babies are vulnerable to harm. Stomor’s involvement enabled development of a final product design that can be adapted to different site situations and constraints, with potential for world-wide implementation.