Somerset - 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 Somerset this year; including Castle Green in Taunton; Goviers Lane Crossing in Watchet; Mill Lane Bridge in Trull; Newtown Bridge in Somerset and West Quay Phase 1 in Bridgwater.

Castle Green is now the sort of open space many towns would love to have. The scheme has transformed the historic area into a dynamic town centre.

Goviers Lane Crossing Improvement Scheme has been a successful partnership between the local community working with public bodies and the West Somerset Railway to improve this key route.

Mill Lane Bridge, a community bridge is a small but important part of our engineering heritage, which has been saved despite of significant logistical and community constraints.

The Newtown Bridge Project had some simple but challenging objectives, keep as much of the old bridge as possible and retain its character, but make it safer. The ancient Newtown Bridge, the last significant hand hewn stone slab road bridge in Somerset is back where it belongs, but aided by some friendly strengthening measures.

The collapse of West Quay was nearly a disaster for Bridgwater. The emergency stabilisation of the Quayside safely secured buildings, homes and businesses. The project has been close to the heart of the local community and as a consequence trust and friendships have been forged through teamwork.

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.?