Three North East projects, including a Middlesbrough flood alleviation scheme, promenade coastal protection works, and a project to stop the erosion of banks of the River Leven, protecting an essential Teesside road, have won prestigious civil engineering awards.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced that Greatham South Flood Alleviation Scheme (pictured), has been awarded the Large Project Award for projects with a value greater than £5 million, Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works has taken home the Medium Project Award for projects with a value between £1 million and £5 million, and the River Leven Erosion Project has been given the Small Projects Award for projects with a value of up to £1 million in its 2019 Robert Stephenson Awards.
Greatham South Flood Alleviation Scheme in Middlesbrough is a vital piece of the jigsaw in delivering the Tidal Tees Flood Risk Management Strategy, providing flood defences to 358 homes in an area of high deprivation and 32 businesses including a fuel and energy cluster classed as a nationally critical asset.
Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works was designed to instigate a major regeneration of the frontage and improve the protection provided to offer robust defences against current and future coastal conditions, whilst returning the promenade back to the asset that it was for the local residents.
River Leven Erosion Project aimed to counter the aggressive action of the River Leven which put the road into a critical state by eroding the riverbank to a near vertical face within 2m of the A1044 Leven Bank Road without incidents or closing the road.
Three projects were also recognised at the awards as Highly Commended:
East Tanfield Sewage Treatment Works Upgrade in the Large Projects category
Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme in South Tyneside in the Medium Projects category
Seaham Sewage Treatment Works Inlet Works Upgrade in the Small Projects category
The awards are held annually to showcase the outstanding work done during the past year by civil engineers in the North East.
In 2018, the Large Projects Award was won by The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project, delivered by BAM Nuttall for EDF Energy Renewables, the Medium Projects Award was won by the Castle Eden Dene Scheme, delivered by Mott MacDonald Bentley for Northumbrian Water, and the Small Projects Award was won by the Cobalt Cycle Scheme, delivered by Capita for North Tyneside Council.
This year’s winners were revealed by Andrew Wyllie CBE, President of the ICE at the annual black-tie dinner at Gosforth Park Hotel on 2 May, sponsored by CDM Recruitment Ltd.