AN ULTRA 'low tech' solution to a river pollution has scooped top prize in the ICE Yorkshire 2005 awards for civil engineering excellence.
Yorkshire Water's low profi le Scrayingham Ecological Wastewater Treatment System was a shock winner when it was announced to a packed house of 500 at the Yorkshire region dinner dance last week.
It held off several high profi challengers, including the A1(M) Darrington to Dishforth widening, M1 Tinsley Viaduct strengthening, Leeds Station refurbishment and four Environment Agency flood alleviation schemes.
'Last year the winner was an ultra high profile project. This year it is an ultra low profile scheme, ' said chairman of the judges Paul Simpson.
'But this scheme is pioneering, very low tech and required an act of faith by the client. Once again it is Yorkshire leading the way, ' he said.
The scheme to build a brand new waste water treatment works at Scrayingham, near Stamford Bridge in York, is of huge environmental benefi to the water course in the area that it discharges into.
The £500,000 project is part of Yorkshire Water's £400M RiverCare programme of work to upgrade inland sewage works, storm overfl ws and sewers.
Seven further schemes were picked out for high commendation from a record entry of 24.
The Environment Agency said it was 'delighted' to see three of its entries highly commended.
Flood alleviation schemes at Callis Bridge near Todmorden, Knottingley and Thorngumbald Clough on the Humber Estuary were all recognised 'for excellence in concept, design and execution of civil engineering works'.
Sarah Burtonwood, Environment Agency project manager for the Knottingley scheme, was also honoured with an individual award for the best presentation during the judging.
'Civil engineers are not always good communicators. So we thought we should publicly recognise one that is, ' said Simpson.
The judges were Paul Simpson, Jim Wilson, Professor Richard Ashley and Ian Parke.