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Flood defence schemes take top honours at British Construction Industry Awards

Two very different flood defence schemes have scooped top honours at the British Construction Industry Awards 2014.

Medmerry realignment

Winner: Medmerry managed retreat

Top honour went to the Medmerry Managed Realignment scheme in Chichester, West Sussex.

The scheme is the largest managed realignment of open coast in Europe and wowed the judges with the way that coastal defence can be provided without heavy engineering.

The project won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in recognition of the way it could pave the way for more like it. Project team was client Environment Agency, designer Jacobs and contractor Team Van Oord.

Medmerry was the only project to win two awards on the night - also scooping the Civil Engineering Project of the Year in the 2014. It protects 348 properties, two holiday parks, a water treatment works and a main road serving over 5,000 households in Selby. In addition it has created 183 hectares of intertidal habitat which encourages visitors to the area.

Godmanchester flood defence

Winner: Godmanchester flood defence

The Godmanchester Flood Risk Management scheme picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award.

The project was commended for the way the public was engaged throughout. Client was the Environment Agency, Atkins was designer and Jackson Civil Engineering was the contractor.

This scheme, which cost £9.1M and protects 556 properties, consists of 1.5km of engineered defences made from earth embankments, sheet piles and masonry clad reinforced concrete walls. It also includes two new pumping stations.

Godmanchester is a Roman town that has a long history of flooding. The team that delivered this project worked hard to make sure that the defences were in keeping with the surroundings.

“These awards recognise the excellent work of our dedicated staff and contractors in protecting people and property through delivering innovative and effective flood risk management schemes,” said Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster.

“The Medmerry managed realignment scheme in West Sussex protects 348 homes, important infrastructure that serves over 5,000 households and creates an intertidal habitat at the same time that will boost tourism in the area.

“The Godmanchester flood risk management scheme in Cambridgeshire, which has been built so that it’s in keeping with this historic town, protects 556 properties from flooding.”

These schemes have been completed as part of the ongoing programme of investment in flood assets, which aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 165,000 properties between 2011/12 and 2014/15.

  • View of full list of BCIA winners here and view pictures from the awards ceremony here.

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