Wales Cymru - project awards

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The annual ICE Wales Cymru Awards celebrates outstanding engineering achievement across the country. Civil engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the world in which we live.

ICE Wales Cymru arranges awards and competitions to promote the achievements of civil engineers in the region.

Project Awards 2019

ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards categories are:

  • George Gibby Award
  • Roy Edwards Award
  • Bill Ward Sustainability Award
  • Designed in Wales Award

Awards 2019 winners

ICE Wales Cymru Awards 2019 were presented by ICE President Andrew Wyllie, who presented glass trophies and certificates to the winners.

The awards ceremony, held on 14 June 2019 was hosted by BBC Radio Wales presenter Lynn Bowles, and attended by over 230 people, including civil engineers from across Wales.

Newtown Bypass

Winner - George Gibby Award (best project +£3m)

The winning project required significant earthworks creating a route through challenging topography and ground conditions.

In total some 2.5 million tonnes of earth and rock were moved during construction, and approximately 80,000 new plants, including more than 200 new mature trees, were planted to counter the effects of the works on the rural landscape.

The project team applied the latest construction management techniques to efficiently and safely deliver substantial traffic, economic and environmental benefits.

There are 11 structures and four underpasses creating access to land severed by the bypass, four underbridges taking the bypass over existing features, including one railway crossing and three overbridges.

Newtown Bypass

Greener Grangetown Project

Winner - Roy Edwards Award (best project under £3m)

Greener Grangetown Project

This green infrastructure project in Cardiff removes more than 40,000m³ of rainwater each year from entering the combined sewer network.

The project was driven by a need to reduce volumes of rainwater entering Cardiff’s sewerage system, both to maintain sufficient headroom and to protect the system’s long-term resilience.

The Project Team’s pioneering approach brought civil engineers together with Arup’s Place Making team to create ‘rain gardens’ that slow rainwater run-off flows and remove contaminants, cleaning and diverting rainwater directly into the nearby River Taff.

Previously, rainwater run-off was pumped 8km for treatment before being discharged into the sea.

Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project

Winner - Bill Ward Sustainability Award

This is presented to the shortlisted project which best demonstrates the principles of sustainability.

The winner of this award represented a substantial investment in the infrastructure along Colwyn Bay’s seafront.

The over-arching objective of this scheme is to provide environmental improvements to the promenade to offer a modern, sustainable and attractive public realm.

This has been combined with a significant upgrading of the predominantly Victorian sea defences to protect the promenade and the town behind from the threat of the sea for years to come.

The new promenade features hard and soft landscaping, upgraded street lighting, charging points for electric cars, a refreshment kiosk, a modern art installation and local historical information.

Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project

Totnes Flood Defence Improvements

Winner - Designed in Wales Award

Totnes Flood Defence Improvements

The winning project’s team worked collaboratively with local community initiatives to meet the sustainable vision for the scheme.

The community had historically been badly affected by flooding, and although a flood defence scheme was built in the 1980s, land use and climate change led to increased flood risk over time.