Monday, 24 June 2013

Margate Flood Project Wins Top Award For Engineering Excellence

The Margate Flood and Coastal Protection project has won a top award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013.

 Having entered the scheme for the regional 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards in March, the project was shortlisted and announced winner of the Community Award, for schemes which deliver their engineering objectives whilst achieving secondary benefits for the surrounding community.

The project team behind the scheme received the award from ICE Senior Vice President, Geoff French, at a ceremony which was held at Leeds Castle on Friday 7 June. The awards recognise the best civil engineering projects across South East England with the judges looking for projects that deliver a real benefit to society through the knowledge, skills and professional expertise of civil engineers.

The revetment steps are a new feature on Margate’s seafront and enhance the local environment, as well as providing vital protection from the risk of flooding. The steps have been designed with integrated seating and lighting to provide an attractive new area to enjoy Margate’s famous coastal views.

Director of ICE South East England, John Laverty, said: “Our congratulations go to the project team involved in this scheme on winning the overall Community Award. ICE South East England’s Engineering Excellence Awards aim to recognise the very best infrastructure projects in the region and we are pleased that this project has won this level of recognition.

“The project does not just have a singular role in sea defence but can be seen as a catalyst in determining the future life of Margate as a regenerated and vibrant Seaside Town.”

Council Leader, Councillor Clive Hart, said: “The new defence works in Margate have been a welcome addition to the town. The team worked extremely hard and thanks to the expertise and efficiency the work was achieved to a remarkable standard and under budget by £1 million.

I am thrilled that this standard has been recognised by the Institution of Civic Engineers who awarded the project the Community Award. Huge congratulations to the East Kent Engineering Partnership who were responsible for the design, the Environment Agency who funded the project and J Breheny Civil Engineering Ltd who undertook construction of the scheme.”


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