Coast News

Winning Engineers Celebrate Their Success

22nd June, 2011
THE contractors on the Weston-Super-Mare Sea Defences & Seafront Enhancements scheme are celebrating their success at the 2011 Civil Engineering Project of the Year awards run by the Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE).

ICE South West?s 2011 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held at the Marriott Royal Hotel in Bristol on 10th June.

Trish Johnson, ICE South West Regional Director said: ?The objective of the awards is to recognise construction projects completed in 2010 of particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity which promote the excellence of the engineering profession.

?This year?s winners thoroughly deserved their awards and fought off very stiff competition. The calibre of entries was particularly high this year.?

Birse Civils Ltd was the contractor on the scheme, which was declared the winner of the Major Project of the Year Award 2011. The project was designed by Royal Haskoning for North Somerset Council.

The old Victorian seawall could no longer give enough storm protection, while the northern sea defences needed strengthening and repair. A new seafront and promenade were created, combining structural engineering with artistic design.

Winners of the Minor Project of the Year, for projects under ?1 million, was Somerset County Council, working with Atkins Ltd as the designer, for the Hawkcombe South bridge replacement project.

It was a particularly difficult project, needing to accommodate modern traffic and the renewal of a sewer. In addition, the contractors had to operate under particular constraints due to the position of adjacent cottages and there being no scope for raising road height. The resulting bridge not only increased the weight restriction to 40 tonnes, but was completed in 8 weeks.

Highly commended in the Major Project of the Year category were BAM Nuttall Ltd for the Boscastle, Bossiney & Tintagel Sewage Treatment Scheme and Network Rail for the Seaton Junction Railway Cutting. The Highways Agency was highly commended in the minor project section for the Cannington Outfalls Framework for Action 2010 project.

The Graduate and Student Prize Papers regional winner was James Cox with a paper entitled ?Long-Term Dynamics of Suction Caisson Supported Offshore Wind-Turbines Founded in Sand?. James, a student at the University of Bristol, won the regional round in March and is also through to the national semi-final. The final will take place at the University of Glamorgan on 21 June.
The Communications Competition regional round was won by the Environment Agency. The team, consisting of Dan Heath, Alexei Bond, Patrick Hall and Peter Andrews, got through to the national final and came third overall.
The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment (CEEQUAL) Award went to Taunton Park and Ride for the construction element of the project where materials and site water were re-used, wildlife habitats improved and noise reduction measures were taken. The award is given to civil engineering and public projects that improve sustainability.
A special award went to Laurence Uncles, who was presented with a tankard for his dedication to ICE and for still being an active member well into his 80s.