Double success in the ICE Engineering Excellence Awards

Team Van Oord (TVO) was acclaimed for two of its schemes at the 2013 ICE South Eastern Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony on 7 June.

The Institution of Civil Engineering Excellence Awards recognise the best civil engineering projects across South East England. The judges are looking for projects that deliver a real benefit to society through the knowledge, skills and professional expertise of civil engineers.

The Pevensey Coastal Outfalls Reconstruction project was Highly Commended in the Water and Marine category (see pic above), while the Rye Harbour Western Training Wall went one better by winning the same category.

The awards were presented by Geoff French, ICE senior vice president, who said: “The right infrastructure is key to generating economic success, and publicly rewarding the businesses which deliver that infrastructure is important because of the benefits these projects bring to the community.

“It was a pleasure to meet the civil engineering teams behind these successful entries and to see their enthusiasm for designing and delivering projects to benefit the community in which they work.”

John Laverty, director of ICE South East England, said: “These awards recognise the very best infrastructure projects in the region and we are delighted with the range and quality of entries from across East Sussex.”

The Pevensey Coastal Outfalls Reconstruction project, at Pevensey near Eastbourne, is a £4.8m scheme delivered by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, to provide flood defences for 1,600 households, and improve fish and elver pass.

The area is a gateway from the sea to the Pevensey Levels for elvers (young eels) and provides habitat for reptiles as well as a number of important plant species. Much of the works area lies within the Pevensey Levels SSSI.

A number of construction methods were deployed to extend the life of the outfalls. Works included casting concrete channels within the existing outfall structures, replacing existing flap valves and tidal doors, providing new concrete headwalls and wing walls, installing timber piles and groynes, providing new scour protection, decommissioning an existing culvert and bank re-profiling.

Rye Harbour is a £9.7m scheme to provide protection for Rye Harbour and a nearby nature reserve by replacing a failing wall. This project was carried out by Team Van Oord working in partnership with Jackson Civil Engineering.
26 June 2013