Commissioning authority: Environment Agency
Principal designer: Faber Maunsell
Principal contractor: May Gurney
This ambitious five-year scheme has improved around 30km of river defences across the fens of Lincolnshire, protecting more than 3,000 properties.
The project team was drawn from the Environment Agency, the consultant and the contractor, and demonstrated how a single team can deliver high-quality infrastructure at considerably reduced costs while maintaining client and public satisfaction.
More than one million recycled car tyres were used to create bales for embankment. Each bale contained around 100 tyres strapped together to create lightweight fill which enabled steeper embankment slope angles.
This was the first time car tyres had been used in this way in the UK and the project team expects that the technique will be used in future embankment-strengthening projects.
This was just one of the examples of lateral thinking which transcended funding, organisation and technology. The project was an example of teamwork among all parties over a long period, which saw much engineering innovation and delighted the client.
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Yorkshire
Innovate Green Office, Leeds
Victoria Footbridge, Hereford
Portslade Flood Protection Project, East Sussex
For projects which involved processes adopted to understand and meet client needs; supported team working throughout; and maintained continuous improvement. Sponsored by May Gurney.