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Merit award swells Jubilee River trophies

ICE news

JUBILEE RIVER, the award-winning £90M Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme, has added two further trophies to its cabinet courtesy of the ICE Thames Valley Merit Awards.

Lewin, Fryer & Partners, consultant throughout 20 years of feasibility studies, planning, design, public inquiry and construction, scooped the category one prize for design, while contractor Edmund Nuttall picked up the category two title for construction.

Operational since September 2001, the scheme was officially opened earlier this summer by Prince Andrew (NCE 18 July).

Jubilee River was built to protect up to 12,000 people from flooding by augmenting the capacity of the River Thames by 222m 3/s, and is the Environment Agency's biggest ever inland flood defence project.

It comprises an 11.6km manmade trapezoidal channel, up to 50m wide and 4.5m deep. It is intended to look and act like a natural river and, using a 10m 3/sbaseflow taken from the Thames, has been specifically designed to replace lost habitats and breeding areas.

ICE president Mark Whitby presented the award winner's certificate to the winning project teams at the recent Thames Valley region annual dinner.

Whitby also presented a highly commended award to consultant Babtie and support services provider Isis Accord for the design and construction of Claydon Hay Canal Bridge.

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