Colley Lane Southern Access Road takes top honours at ICE SW Civil Engineering Awards

Colley Lane Southern Access Road has won the Community Award and the Project Over £3m (New Build) Award at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020.

Whitemountain in conjunction with Somerset County Council and AECOM have received two accolades at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020. 

The winners were selected from a shortlist of 12 schemes across the region by an expert panel of judges, who described the scheme as challenging and praised the work of Whitemountain.

The £18.4m scheme comprised 840m of carriageway, two bridges, plus improved cycle and footway links. It was completed in December 2019, on time, within budget, and was named 'Squibbers Way' by the local community (Bridgwater's famous handheld firework tradition of squibbing, which is unique to the town).

The judges stated: that all the different elements and challenges came together in over 800m of new road with the longest span bridge in Somerset,  "credit was due to the client team, the designers and the contractors”

During construction, Whitemountain provided considerable benefits for the local community, including a sponsored skydive raising £2,782 and upgrading the nearby Brainwave Centre's sensory garden.

The awards celebrate civil engineering projects that have made significant contributions to local communities and recognise the rising stars of the South West industry.

Mike Gallop, Chair of the Judging Panel and Route Director, Western, Network Rail, said:

“At no time since the early part of the Twentieth Century have we needed skilled engineers as much as we do today to help our country recover from this global pandemic. These winners show that we have the skills across the South West to do exactly that. I am sure they will help inspire the next generation to show what is possible in this wide and exciting field.”

The award winners were announced at an online event on Thursday 24 September 2020, after the physical awards ceremony, schedule for early July, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Writer and broadcaster, Judi Spiers hosted the online event.

Miranda Housden, Director of ICE South West, said:

"The field this year has been truly inspirational with projects that capture the imagination and push the boundaries of civil engineering.

"Moving our awards ceremony online allowed us to include many more people and it was fantastic to share the experience with our members and industry partners. Well done to the winners and to all those shortlisted.”

The Institution of Civil Engineers is the oldest professional engineering association in the world, representing more than 95,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world, with over 6,000 members in the South West, who design, build and maintain the region’s infrastructure.

Watch the video about the amazing projects and talented individuals involved in the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020.

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