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Coastal defence scheme raised profession's profi le

ICE News

SHEPWAY DISTRICT Council's £13M coastal defence scheme between Hythe and Folkstone in Kent has won ICE South East's Thomas Brassey Award The team behind the project beat off a record number of entries to secure the award, adding to earlier recognition from within local government circles for the quality of procurement demonstrated.

Funded by the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, work was completed on time and to budget.

A key element of the project was to involve and educate local schoolchildren - over 1,000 visited the site.

Council engineering manager Simon Herrington said: 'We heightened people's awareness of what engineers actually do and spread that message through the children. The message was that engineering can be exciting.' The judging panel obviously agreed, as its citation highlighted a strong emphasis on building good relationships, which gave the scheme 'a real feel-good factor and enabled it to raise the profi le of our profession'.

The 7km scheme was designed in-house at the council, with assistance from Halcrow.

Van Oord was the contractor and sub-contractor was Brett Construction.

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