Major Project of the Year Winners Celebrate Success

4th July, 2013
The team behind the Plymouth Life Centre 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 entries this year were of an extremely high standard and all of those recognised in the Major project category thoroughly deserved the acknowledgement and the Plymouth Life Centre fought off some very strong competition.?

Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering was the contractor on the scheme which was declared the winner for projects over ?1 million. The engineering elements of the project were designed by Arup for Plymouth City Council.

The Plymouth Life Centre is the city?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, with open plan space to maximise flexible use.

The judges commented: ?A genuinely multi-purpose, multi-function facility delivered with engineering flair at all levels? whilst bringing some of the magic and legacy of London 2012 deep into the South West.?

Highly commended in the Major Project of the Year category went to Borough of Poole Council, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Ramboll and Hochtief for the Twin Sails Bridge, Poole.

Commended was awarded to Devon County Council and Dawnus Construction Ltd for Gem Bridge in Walkham Valley, Tavistock.

The ICE South West Major Project of the Year Award was sponsored by Bionic Group.

Bionic are recognised as a leading specialist in the provision of multimedia solutions, offering its clients a wide range of new media services to help them communicate complex technical situations in a non-technical way.  Creating bespoke interactive graphical solutions on a variety of platforms, from traditional computer to handheld and tablet devices, to communicate client?s message in a clear and concise way. The Bionic Group has an International client portfolio built on referral.