Community Award Engineers Celebrate Their Success

4th July, 2013
The team behind Teignmouth Estuary (Back Beach) Tidal Defence Scheme are celebrating their success, after the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Project of the Year Awards 2013 was announced.

The awards were presented at the ICE South West Annual Awards and Dinner held on Friday 28th June at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

Trish Johnson, ICE South West Regional Director said: ?The objective of the awards is to recognise projects completed in 2012 of particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity which promote the excellence of the engineering profession.

?The Community Award category has been introduced in 2013 to highlight the achievement of projects engaging and communicating with the local community.?

The designer of this project was Atkins for the Environment Agency with Contractors Interserve and EC Harris. Providing provisions of an innovative tidal defence scheme in Teignmouth, South Devon, this has enhanced the local environment and involves local volunteer community wardens to operate it during a flood event.

The judges commented: ?Engineers and the community working closely together, with clever solutions being applied to part of the town, providing great benefit to a significant number living in a low lying area. An exemplar of the kind of engineering and community engagement that will become increasingly important to address inland and coastal flooding.?

Highly commended in the Community Award went to The States of Jersey, Parsons Brinckerhoff, VHE Construction Plc and Burns & Nice for Millennium Town Park, St Helier.

Commended was awarded to Goviers Lane Crossing Improvement Scheme, Somerset a community project involving West Somerset Railway, Watchet Town Council, Watchet Conservation Society, West Somerset District Council, G A Sully & Sons Ltd and Somerset County Council.