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Vote for the South West’s best civil engineering project

Voting is open for the People’s Choice Award to find the South West’s top civil engineering scheme.

A shortlist of 12 projects was selected by an expert panel of judges from entries to the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020, in association with Kier Bam.

Now, it’s the turn of the public to vote for the scheme they believe has had the greatest positive impact to their lives and local communities from projects completed in 2019.

The People’s Choice Award, along with the winners of the other award categories, will be announced at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards and Dinner 2020, in association with Kier Bam, in Bristol on Thursday 22 October 2020.

Projects drawn from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire are included in this year’s People’s Choice shortlist, with voting open until Sunday 14 June 2020.

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People's Choice Awards shortlist

A38 Stover Country Park Wetlands

Newton Abbot, Devon

The aim of this project was to prevent contaminants from vehicles impacting the wildlife at Stover Country Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, located alongside a busy trunk road. The £2.9m scheme included the construction of new sustainable drainage, which has provided significant environmental, sustainability and social benefits.

A38 Stover Country Park Wetlands

Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme

Plymouth, Devon

Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme
Charles Cross Roundabout is a key junction on Plymouth’s road network, with more than 40,000 vehicles every day. Users were experiencing congestion and delays, particularly at peak shopping periods. This £7.4m scheme has successfully reduced delays and improved traffic flow while improving crossings and shared spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

Colley Lane Southern Access Road

Bridgwater, Somerset

This complex project overcame a number of challenges to provide a much-needed link road to ease congestion and unlock brownfield land. The £18.4m scheme comprised 840m of carriageway, two bridges, plus improved cycle and footway links. It was completed on time, within budget and named Squibbers Way by the community.

Colley Lane

Hinkley Point C Seawall

Hinkley, Somerset

Hinkley Point C Seawall

The seawall construction to protect the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation meant working in the Bristol Channel – dealing with the world’s second highest tidal range. The team operated a tidal shift pattern to build the 760m structure and public walkway, giving new access to the foreshore.

M49 Avonmouth Junction


This project re-engineered a section of the M49 with a new junction, giving direct access for the port of Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area. It will ease congestion and enable significant economic growth, providing access to one of the largest brownfield sites in Europe, creating up to 14,000 new jobs.

M49 Avonmouth Junction

Polperro Tidal Gate Repair

Polperro, Cornwall

Polperro Tidal Gate Repair

A multi-disciplinary partnership worked to protect people and property in this picturesque fishing village by renewing foundations and installing a new tidal gate. Despite constrained and challenging conditions, this £1.7m project was achieved on time and budget, with an exemplary safety record and full community support.

St Erth Multi Modal Hub

Hayle, Cornwall

St Erth railway station has been transformed to offer more sustainable transport choices with 530 parking spaces serving main and branchline train services, as well bus and coach links. Access for cyclists, disabled users and pedestrians were a key part of this £14m scheme, delivering major benefits for the community.

St Erth Multi Modal Hub

St Philips Footbridge

St Philips, Bristol

St Philips Footbridge

This scheme is a clever marriage of architectural and structural design, enabling the provision of a new ‘green travel’ route to a major new regeneration area of Bristol city centre. The £4.3m project required separate construction on both riverbanks and a single operation to lift the bridge into place.

The Wave

Easter Compton, Bristol

The Wave is a ground-breaking inland surfing destination where consistent, safe waves, bring surfing to people of all abilities. An innovative feat of engineering design creates 1,000 waves per hour. The £25m project over a 75-acre site includes a 180sqm surfing lake, a 100m viewing pier and a 1,000sqm clubhouse.

The Wave
Photo credit: Global Shots

Tintagel Castle Bridge and Landscape Project

Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel Castle Bridge
Photo credit: Hufton & Crow Photography

For the first time in 500 years, the two halves of Tintagel Castle have been reunited thanks to a daring new footbridge. Spanning a 190ft gorge, with a gasp-inducing gap in the middle, the bridge reconnects the gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on the island.

West Bay Coastal Defences

West Bay, Dorset

The visually stunning town of West Bay is now better protected from sea flooding after a £8.2m project to install robust new coastal defences at its two beaches. The economic benefit of the scheme to the local area over 50 years has been assessed at £350m.

West Bay Coastal Defences

Wichelstowe Canalside Infrastructure Works

Swindon, Wiltshire

Wichelstowe Canalside

This £8.5m project has created a platform for the development of essential facilities to enable the new community at Wichelstowe to flourish. It has delivered a framework of engineering elements designed to form the District Centre, including a new feature footbridge, a public square, community street and restored canal.