Prestigious Wales Civil Engineering Awards shortlist announced

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru has announced the shortlist for the prestigious Wales Project Awards 2016.

ICE Wales Civil Engineering Awards shortlist announced.
ICE Wales Civil Engineering Awards shortlist announced.

The annual Project Awards celebrate the contribution of civil engineering to Wales by recognising schemes for their excellence in concept, planning and design, contract management and construction.

Six projects have been shortlisted for the George Gibby Award (for projects over £3m) and three for the Roy Edwards Award (for projects less than £3m), while four projects were shortlisted for the Made in Wales (schemes designed in Wales, but constructed elsewhere in the UK or overseas) and Studies & Research Awards.

Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru said: "I am pleased to see such a wide range of projects representing the many aspects of civil engineering across Wales on the final shortlist. We are proud to be able to celebrate the contribution of civil engineering to communities through our Project Awards and I look forward to the winners being announced on 17 June at our Awards ceremony in Cardiff, in the company of the President of the Institution, Sir John Armitt."

Four of the projects in the £3m and over category are located in north Wales with the other two in the south Wales Valleys. The schemes include two strategic transportation routes, a regeneration scheme, a leisure/sports facility, a heritage/tourism scheme and a coastal defence scheme – highly topical, as the management of flood risk is becoming increasingly important: A465 Dualling Brynmawr to Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent; Pont Briwet Transportation Improvement Project, Gwynedd; Project Riverside, Merthyr Tydfil; Welsh National Sailing Academy & Events Centre, Gwynedd; Harlech Castle Visitor Centre and Footbridge, Gwynedd; and West Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme – Phase 3, Denbighshire.

The three projects shortlisted for the projects less than £3m category include two bridge restoration schemes in north and south Wales and a small flood defence scheme in south Wales: Chainbridge Restoration Work, Llangollen; Rhiwbina Flood Defence Scheme, Cardiff; and C848 Old Wye Bridge Restoration, Monmouthshire.

The four projects shortlisted for the Made in Wales and Studies and Research Awards include two schemes in England and one in Uganda, along with a research project looking at construction materials: Castlefield Bridge, Manchester; Thorndell Viaduct Reconstruction, West Sussex; Materials for Life (M4L): Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for construction materials; and Malera Borehole Refurbishment Scheme, Uganda which was designed and supervised by the young Welsh civil engineers group EFOD.

Sustainability and Innovation Awards may also be awarded to shortlisted projects.

Find out which projects got shortlisted