Devon - Institution of Civil Engineers 2013 Award Nominations

11th June, 2013
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West has announced the nominations for its Civil Engineering Project of the Year Awards 2013.

ICE South West?s 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol on Friday 28th June, where the winners of this year?s accolades will be announced.

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

There are three categories for the award: a major category, celebrating projects costing over ?1m; a minor category, recognising projects costing less that ?1m; and a new community award which highlights the significant achievement of involving the local area and media.

There are several entries from Devon this year; including Dawlish Station Footbridge Renewal; Gem Bridge near Tavistock; Plymouth Life Centre; Plymouth University Marine Building; Princess Promenade in Torquay and Teignmouth Estuary Tidal Defence Scheme.

Dawlish Station?s new footbridge replicates the original grade II listed steel structure it replaces, but this time has been constructed using durable plastic material to withstand the harsh coastal elements.

The Gem Bridge project is the construction of a new 200m long, 24m high cycling-bridge in the historic Walkham Valley, Grenofen. The site lies on the line of a demolished viaduct (The Walkham Viaduct). The scheme was promoted by the EuroVelo cycle networks and has become a popular tourist attraction.

The Plymouth Life Centre is Plymouth?s biggest ever investment in leisure facilities to encourage people to take part in regular activity. A design build project to create a spectacular new, regional diving, aquatic and multi-sports centre.

The new Marine Building at Plymouth University acts as a symbol of Plymouth's eminence in marine sciences - encouraging a dialogue between the city, its academic institutions and the wider world.

Princess Promenade was a project to carry out much needed remedial works, the local and visiting public now have an open promenade after 6 years, which provides for far fetching views as you walk around Torquay?s harbour side.

Teignmouth Tidal Defence scheme is the provision of an innovative tidal defence scheme in Teignmouth, South Devon, which enhances the local environment and involves local volunteer community flood wardens to operate it during a flood event.

Speaking about the quality of award entries, Trish Johnson added: ?The judges had an extremely difficult task this year of choosing from such wonderful projects. I am delighted to see so many fantastic engineering projects taking place in the local area.?