An innovative road scheme in Wales has won this year’s George Gibby award in recognition of its environmental sensitivity and originality.
The 3.2km Llandysul Bypass formed part of a strategic project to alleviate traffic congestion in Llandysul and to improve access to the A48/M4 corridor from mid and west Wales.
The George Gibby award is part of the ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards which recognise excellence in concept, planning, design, and contract management and construction. The awards were presented by ICE President Paul Jowitt.
The judges praised the care taken on environmental and community issues during the design and construction phases.
This was especially evident in the project’s sensitivity to the rural environment through which it passes.
Innovative design elements such as very slack embankments meant the scheme caused as little disruption to the landscape as possible.
“The bypass rovides much needed capacity on the highway network and meets a demand for movement.”
The project demanded a highly co-ordinated approach across several stakeholders including contractor,Bam Nuttall, designer Capita Symonds and Ceredigion and Camarthenshire County Councils, the two regions involved in the project.
“It provides much needed capacity on the highway network and meets a demand for movement that had not been satisfied,” said immediate past chairman of ICE Wales Cymru and judge Bob Lark.
“It also provides a significant benefit to a local town by removing traffic from an area not designed to cope with today’s traffic sizes and volumes. And the scheme fits into a sensitive rural environment extremely well.”
“The ultimate success of the project is testimony to our contributions, large and small, in harnessing the expertise of people throughout the organisation, said Capita Symonds’ John Morgan.
“In addition, to the pride we can take from the award itself, we have a very satisfied client and contractor partner and this can only be good for future opportunities with them.”
- For a full list of award winners go to ICE Wales website