A Medmerry Christmas…

2014 has been a fantastic year for everyone associated with the Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme – and the icing on the cake is the scheme being selected to feature on the 2014 Environment Agency Christmas Card.

Delivered by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, the Medmerry scheme has been the subject of universal acclaim since it opened in November 2013.

The £28m project, which involved the construction of four miles of new sea walls to reduce the flood risk to hundreds of properties in this part of West Sussex, has received no fewer than 13 prestigious awards in the past 12 months.

Perhaps more importantly, the lifesaving defences held firm throughout last winter’s floods and the scheme has been hailed as a gold standard of flood defence in the UK

The project also created a new wetland for local wildlife to flourish and much of the site is now managed by the RSPB as a nature reserve.

Of all the accolades, perhaps the most prestigious came at the 2014 British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards ceremony in London on 8 October.

The Medmerry scheme, which was described on the night as “groundbreaking” and “innovative”, received two awards – including the top award of the night, The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, which is sponsored by The Cabinet Office.

The Medmerry scheme joins an elite group of previous winners which includes the Tate Modern and the Velodrome at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Maurits den Broeder, Chairman of Team Van Oord, said: “Everyone at Team Van Oord is thrilled by the success of the Medmerry scheme.

“The awards are testament to the foresight of those at the Environment Agency who commissioned the scheme, the design talents of the team at Jacobs, and the skill and determination of our team who were tasked with delivery.

“We are all delighted that local residents living in and around the Medmerry area in West Sussex can look forward to Christmas 2014 without the fear of flooding, whatever the weather has in store.”

15 December 2014