Pell Frischmann Shortlisted at the Ground Engineering Awards 2023

Pell Frischmann is proud to announce the Port Salford Salteye Brook Realignment project has been shortlisted at the Ground Engineering Awards 2023!

The Port Salford development is the first tri-model inland waterway port and distribution park to be served by road, rail and ship. Working alongside John Sisk & Sons Ltd, the £5 million enabling works forms the first package of this scheme and allows for railway connectivity and realignment of the existing water channel.

Our work

Pell Friscmann was appointed to provide project management, civil engineering, and geotechnical services on the project. Our geotechnical work included:

  • Large-scale earthworks associated with the Salteye Brook realignment.
  • Construction of large Mechanically Stabilised Earth (MSE) retaining walls with ground improvement.
  • Construction of basally reinforced railway embankments over soft alluvial soils.
  • Monitoring of adjacent services during the works.
  • Embankment settlement prediction and monitoring.


Sustainability was also key consideration through the design and construction process. This has included:

  • A switch from anchored sheet pile wall to an MSE wall with ground improvement. A MSE solution eliminated a significant amount of steel.
  • Site-won fill was utilised wherever possible, such as embankments, MSE backfill, and pavements. Low strength material was utilised as ‘Buttress Fill’ to support the embankments side slopes.
  • Significant off-cuts of High Strength Geotextile (HSG) were generated from the standard 100m rolls. The HSG design was optimised to allow offcuts to be used, reducing wastage and delivery to site, lowering the project’s carbon footprint.

The Award

The project has been shortlisted in the UK Project with Geotechnical Value over £3m category. The award celebrates achievements across projects, people, and businesses involved in the Ground Engineering market. The project was completed in collaboration with Peel Land & Property, John Sisk & Son Ltd, BWB Consulting, the Environment Agency, Tensar, United Utilities and Turner & Townsend.

Geotechnical Director, Kevin Stone said:

This project was a critical element in the development of the Port Salford scheme, and the complex nature of the geotechnical design has been recognised through its selection as a finalist in the 2023 Ground Engineering Awards. Well done to all those involved!

The awards are due to take place on the 12th July 2023. Good luck to everyone involved!

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