ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards Community Projects

We won the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards' 'Community Projects' prize for our work in engaging with local communities through a series of projects and activities. This award was driven by our presence in the area and current Portsmouth PFI.

Presented annually, the awards recognise projects which have demonstrated engineering excellence or made a real difference to the environment or community; and they are the highest honour for civil engineering in the area.

Colas' contract partners for the submission of the award were: Pell Frischmann (civil and structural engineering designers), Ensign Highways (SPV) and Portsmouth City Council (Colas' PFI client).

Highways Magazine Excellence Awards - Highway Contractor Partnership

Colas won the award for 'Highway Contractor Partnership' at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards for creating and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with Portsmouth City Council; the local community and businesses; suppliers and third parties; to successfully deliver the Portsmouth PFI programme.

This award was presented to us in recognition of our superb demonstration of a pioneering and collaborative partnership with Portsmouth CC and Ensign (through the PFI).

Colas were judged on how the company had raised standards for the benefit of all stakeholders and it was noted that we had achieved this by reviewing our performance outcomes.

Comments received from the judges stated that: "The early example of partnering through the PFI has, 5 years on, clearly brought tangible benefits to the city. Colas have demonstrated considerable commitment to the people of Portsmouth".

RSTA Health and Safety Awards - Mobileye

Colas were runners-up in the RSTA Health and Safety Awards for innovation for the installation of Mobileye collision avoidance technology in our distribution fleet at Warrington. The collision avoidance device was utilised by us for the purpose of aiding the implementation of a 'driver fatigue' risk management system into our business and to ensure the safety of our employees on long journeys.

Mobileye provides both visual and audible alerts should a driver deviate from a lane or become too close to the vehicle in front, thus reducing the possibility of an incident occurrence.

ICE South East England

The ICE South East England awarded Colas third place in the category of 'Major Project' for our work on the QE2 Mile, Portsmouth. The project involved an extensive replacement paving scheme and the installation of contemporary street furniture and lighting to create an exciting urban environment.

These awards are the highest honour for civil engineering in the South-East region.We were commended by RoSPA in the category of 'Engineering Construction Industry' for our approach, policy and initiatives surrounding health and safety procedures.


Colas were highly commended by RoSPA for Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR). Judges looked not only at accident records, but also entrants' overarching health and safety management systems; including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA's awards manager, said: "RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Colas Limited has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award."


We were recently commended by RoSPA in the Engineering Construction Industry sector. Colas Chief Executive, Lee Rushbrooke, expressed his delight, saying: "This is the highest Occupational Health and Safety award that Colas has ever received from RoSPA in this very competitive field, and is recognition for all the hard work that everyone puts in to managing and improving health and safety performance at our sites and office locations.

CIHT North West Branch

The CIHT North West Branch highly commended Colas for our road recycling methods and the use of sustainable surfacing. The award was for a project carried out along Brimstage Road in the Wirral.

Wirral Metropolitain Borough Council were impressed with our proposal for a 290mm in situ recycling option and included the application of a hot rolled asphalt surface course.

MPA Health and Safety Awards

Colas were runners-up for 'Workforce Involvement' at the MPA Health and Safety Awards for our Men's Health Week campaign.