Team Van Oord and Environment Agency receive ‘Gold’ Green Apple award

TVO green apple awardA delegation representing the Cannington Flood Defence Scheme attended the House of Commons on 6 November to accept the Green Apple Environment Award, which was bestowed on the project earlier this year.

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.

The Cannington scheme was recognised in the Green Apple Environment Awards ‘Building and Construction’ section, and was named Gold Winner in the ‘Water Management’ category.

The photo shows James Delve, TVO Senior Quantity Surveyor who worked on the scheme, with the Gold Green Apple Award.

About the scheme

The Cannington Flood Defence Scheme, completed earlier this year, was carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.

The £4.5m scheme has greatly improved the standard of flood protection for around 200 homes and businesses in the village of Cannington in Somerset – which has a long history of flooding from the Cannington Brook.

The new flood defences, which were praised by the Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the EA, on their official opening, are built to at least a 100-year standard which means there is now only a 1% chance of flooding in any year.

The scheme involved the creation of a new 2km flood alleviation channel after the old brook, built in 1984, was deemed unfit to cope with present and future flood flows.

The new channel, which allows for four times the capacity, takes a new route for the first kilometre before entering culverts under the A39 and then following the former channel which rejoins Cannington Brook beyond the village.

10 November 2017