Jersey - 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.

For this year?s awards Millennium Town Park in St Helier Jersey has been nominated for the community award.

The Millennium Town Park has transformed a contaminated gasworks site into a well-used community park in a highly urbanised area of St Helier.

An iconic feature of the park is a 'water curtain,' which was to be the background of the opening ceremony, with a group of children and the Minister for Transport and Technical Services. It was to be a great photo opportunity, however, despite careful planning, this was not the photo everyone was talking about.

When the water curtain was tested at daybreak that day, it was in the path of a reveller, presumably on his way home after a lively night out, who found the temptation of the water curtain too much to resist. He stripped off and 'showered' in the cool waters!  As luck would have it, this happened when a passing photographer was there to capture the scene.

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.?