Dorset - 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 two entries from Dorset this year, Swanage Community Recycling Centre and Twin Sails Bridge in Poole.

The Swanage project involved the delivery of a new state-of-the-art Community Recycling Centre on a site which within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as being visible to local households.  Under intense planning and environmental constraints the project team delivered a high quality, durable new facility which incorporates sympathetic aesthetic design and operational excellence. This aspect received overwhelming praise from the local community.  

Twin Sails Bridge operates in sequence with the original bridge over the Backwater Channel. This allows a constant flow of vehicles where once traffic regularly ground to a standstill when the existing bridge opened for maritime traffic.  This has opened up the opportunity for redevelopment of derelict brownfield land in central Poole.

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.?