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Community benefits reap rewards for Welsh projects

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CARDIFF SEWERAGE and wastewater treatment works has won the 2002 ICE Wales George Gibby Award for major projects.

Judging was based on excellence in concept, planning, design and construction, with the judges looking for originality and fitness for purpose as well as benefit to the community.

The Cardiff works has recently gone on line, benefiting up to 900,000 people in south Wales. It was brought in under budget, impressing the judges with the partnering arrangements, environmental benefits and technological developments used, both in design and construction.

The award was presented to the project team - which included Welsh Water as client, Hyder as principal designer and Laing as principal contractor - by ICE President Mark Whitby at the ICE Wales annual dinner last month.

The Roy Edwards Award for smaller projects went north, to the Pont Mileniwm over the River Dyfi at Machynlleth. The crossing provides a new cycle track as part of Route 8 between north and south Wales, part of the Welsh National Cycle Network.

Client was the Welsh Assembly Government, with Gwynedd Council as client's agent, Gifford and Partners as principal designer and John Mowlem as contractor.

Highly commended in the major project category was the A487 Llanwnda to South of Llanllyfni improvement scheme.

The judges identified the project as blending well with its surroundings and they were conscious of the efforts both in the design and construction to minimise environmental impact on this rural area. The scheme has significantly improved the quality of life for local inhabitants and regular users.

Client and designer was Powys County Council, with Afan Construction as contractor.

This year's judges included North Wales branch chairman Terry Brown, Royal Institute of Architects president Rob Firth, ICE Wales chairman Tim Hughes and ICE Wales executive secretary Denys Morgan.

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