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South West People's Choice shortlist announced

17 April 2019

People across the South West are being asked to vote for the civil engineering project which has had the greatest impact on their lives and communities.

South West People's Choice shortlist announced

From a shortlist of 14 projects which have made their mark on the region, people can select from construction projects which improve rail, road, bridges, arts buildings, flood risk and energy supply.

The projects have been chosen as part of the ICE South West Awards, in association with Kier Infrastructure, which celebrate excellence and the positive impact civil engineers have on society.

The shortlisted projects were drawn from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol and were selected by an expert panel of civil engineering judges.

ICE South West Regional Director Miranda Housden said: “Civil engineers are the invisible superheroes that transform people’s lives. They have been involved in some fantastic projects over the past year which are now benefitting local people. The People’s Choice Awards are designed to celebrate the projects that have made the most impact across the regions and local residents are encouraged to vote for their favourite.”

The closing date for votes is 9 June and the winner will be announced at the ICE South West Annual Awards Dinner in Bristol on 27 June. The winner will also represent the region in the national finals of the People’s Choice Award.

The shortlisted projects are:


  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre: a redevelopment project that transformed Bristol Old Vic into a national arts and heritage space, bringing back a formal Georgian hall, creating a new studio theatre, and which opened up the unique theatrical heritage to the public and streetscape for the first time
  • Bromley Heath Viaduct Refurbishment and Enhancement Works: this is a major £11million scheme close to the M32 and M4/M5 interchange, combining essential maintenance and innovative enhancements to part of Bristol’s strategic network which carries daily over 55,000 vehicles and 500 cyclists
  • Being Brunel: this project continues Brunel’s international legacy of great British engineering and demonstrates how the very best outcome can be achieved through a strong collaborative ethos
  • Filton Bank Four Track: this project doubles the number of rail lines between Bristol Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood station, enabling an increase in trains from 2019
  • Stoke Gifford Train Maintenance Facility: a new, fully-electrified maintenance facility has been created on a challenging site at Stoke Gifford to cater for the new bi-mode fleet of trains on the Great Western Mainline
  • The Great Western Electrification: these works will help support economic growth across many of our cities and towns and is a key part of the Government's rail strategy as electrification promotes cleaner, more reliable travel and will help reduce the cost of running and maintaining the railway


  • Carcaddon Footbridge: a replacement green oak footbridge has been designed and constructed linking two parts of Trelissick Garden across the road leading to the King Harry Ferry
  • Padstow Gate Refurbishment: this project has extended the life of Padstow Gate by 25 years and continues to better protect 28 residential properties and 48 non-residential properties in the town from flooding


  • A379 Slapton Line Reconstruction: during storm Emma in March 2018, Slapton Line was completely washed away. Within seven months, engineers from Devon and Griffiths sourced funding, obtained planning, designed and reconstructed the key link
  • Cowley Bridge Flood Alleviation: this project has improved the flood resilience and safety of the Great Western Mainline by 80%, benefiting travellers, local environments and surrounding communities
  • Starcross and Cockwood Tidal Defence Scheme: the Environment Agency's £4.8m tidal defence scheme was completed in March 2019 and protects 650+ properties and associated infrastructure within the two villages, being designed under strict heritage and planning requirements
  • Totnes Flood Defence Improvements: as a result of this work 412 properties have been protected from flood risk; more than £400,000 saved through innovative design sympathetic to the historic built environment; and the environment enhanced by working with partners & community


  • Wool Old Bridge Reconstruction: this 16th century Grade II*-listed structure, made famous by Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles partially collapsed in January. Dorset Highways reconstructed the damaged masonry, restoring this link between rural communities


  • Hinkley Point C - Earthworks Unit 1 Heatsink: excavation, slope support and blinding to the Forebay, Pumphouse and marine works outfall shaft in the Heatsink area of the deep dig were completed on programme allowing the project to meet its 2018 second quarter milestone 'Unit 1 Pumphouse construction starts'

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  • Ray Chalmers, Marcomms Executive at Institution of Civil Engineers