A project delivered by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency beat off strong competition to win the Environmental and Sustainability category in the 2014 ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards.
The Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) 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.
15 schemes were shortlisted across the six award categories, with the Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme named winner of the Environment and Sustainability Award.
The £28m Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme included the largest realignment of open coast in the UK. The scheme is a key part of a 15-year project to provide 7km of new sea defences to protect local communities in West Sussex, while at the same time creating a large nature reserve at Medmerry.
The new defences at Medmerry significantly reduce the flood risk to nearly 350 homes, local infrastructure and the main road into the village of Selsey.
The groundbreaking project has also created more than 180 hectares of important new wildlife habitat to help compensate for the loss of similar conservation areas in and around the Solent. With the flood defences complete, 10km of new footpaths, cycleways and bridleways were created across the site.
Gary Page, regional framework manager for Team Van Oord, said: “The 450,000 m3 of earth required for the new defences was dug from within the site which avoided more than 40,000 lorry movements on the local road network.
“In addition, the 60,000 tonnes of rock used to build the structures at each end of the scheme were delivered by sea to further minimise impact on the local road network.
“Throughout construction we’ve taken great care to protect the existing wildlife on the site and to record features of archaeological interest.”
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton on 13 June.
The photo shows (left to right): Stephen Rhodes and Joe Pearce (both Environment Agency), Roger Sargeant (TVO), Jeremy Colbeck (Environment Agency) and Tony Battrick (TVO).
23 June 2014