Awards acclaim for flood defence scheme

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A flood defence scheme in Somerset, carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, has been recognised in two national awards schemes.

The Cannington Flood Defence Scheme, completed earlier this year, has been awarded a 2017 Green Apple Environment Award and is shortlisted in the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.

The Green Apple Environment Awards scheme is an annual international campaign which recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have since become one of the world’s most recognised environmental awards schemes.

A delegation representing the Cannington scheme will collect the Green Apple Award at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 14 November.

Launched in 2013, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards are a CIRIA Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG) initiative which challenges civil engineering companies to ‘do one thing’ to add new biodiversity enhancements to their construction sites.

The Cannington scheme has been shortlisted in the Medium Scale Permanent Award category in the 2017 BIG Challenge Awards, which will be presented at a ceremony on 14 September.

The Cannington scheme

The village of Cannington has a long history of flooding from the Cannington Brook. In November 2012, more than 40 properties were flooded twice within a matter of days.

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The new flood defences, completed by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, greatly improve the standard of flood protection for around 200 homes and businesses in the village to at least a 100-year standard. This means only a 1% chance of flooding in any year.

The scheme involved the construction of 150 metres of road diversion and a temporary bridge, which allowed traffic to remain on the A39 – the main access road to the Hinckley Point nuclear power station and a busy tourist route taking holiday traffic to the coastal resort of Minehead – while the project team created a new flood alleviation channel beneath the road.

05 September 2017