Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sidmouth recycling centre ................................................. nominated for an ICE South West Civil Engineering Award

Despite several 'hiccoughs', the recycling centre has been named as one of the top sites in country:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth recycling centre ... 'runner up' in the Civic Amenity Site of the Year ... but "still needs some considerable tweaking"

There are more prizes in the offing:

ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2014

Sidmouth Recycling Centre

In Early 2013, Devon County Council awarded South West Highways the Contract to construct a new, state of the art, recycling facility near Bowd, in East Devon. This facility was to provide a safe, user-friendly means of disposing and recycling waste material generated by the residents of Sidmouth, Ottery St. Mary and the surrounding villages. Following an extensive community consultation process, the preferred location for the new centre was determined to be on a green field site within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Development of this proposal imposed a unique set of environmental and sustainability considerations. Extensive 3-D modelling was undertaken during the design to ensure the minimum of visual impact upon the area. The centre has been designed and constructed to take advantage of the natural topography and screening has been provided by planting of over 5000 new native species trees, is virtually “invisible”. The green credentials of the site are further enhanced by the adoption of a balanced earthworks design, solar thermal water heating panels and rainwater harvesting systems.
The safety of the public, when using the centre was one of the primary goals of this scheme. The innovative terraced design allows facility users to deposit waste materials into the skips with minimal lifting and without the need to climb stairs. Users’ vehicles follow a one way system and can park immediately adjacent to the disposal areas.
Most importantly, the design segregates members of the public from large plant movements. Since opening in December 2013, the volume of waste material being deposited has increased in comparison to the old facility and the range of waste streams that can be accepted has been broadened. Overall recycling rates of 82% have been achieved, making this one of the highest performing facilities in the South West.
Sidmouth Recycling Centre - Institution of Civil Engineers

There are several other projects up for an award - with many of them focussing on 'sustainability' issues, such as energy, water and 'green infrastructure':

ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards

The ICE South West Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award 2014, will be awarded at the ICE SW Annual Dinner on Friday 4th July 2014.
The objective of the Award is to recognise construction projects of particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity and community involvement, which promote the excellence of the engineering profession and have been completed in the last calendar year (2013) within the South West area.
Avonmouth Wind FarmBishop's Court Quarry, ExeterBristol Resilience Scheme
Main Contractor: Alun Griffiths 
Lead Designer: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Main Contractor: Vertasefli 
Lead Designer: Peter Brett Associates
Main Contractor: Kier May Gurney
& Damar Group
Lead Designer: Black & Veatch
Client: Bristol City CouncilClient: Harrow EstatesClient: Bristol Water
This project comprised detailed engineering investigation, design and construction of the Balance of Plant Works and turbine installation for a two turbine 5MW windfarm.

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Bishop’s Court Quarry, was a complex project of enabling works and ground improvement which has enabled a major residential development of 190 homes.

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This scheme which began in 2011 is the single largest new pipeline investment in Bristol Water’s long history, securing water supplies to over 150,000 customers. 

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Buckfast Abbey Hydro SchemeCapel's Mill Canal RestorationChancellors' Building, Bath
Main Contractor & Designer: 
Renewables First
Main Contractor: Alun Griffiths 
Lead Designer: CH2M Hill
Main Contractor: VINCI Construction
Lead Designer: Mann Williams
Client: Buckfast AbbeyClient: Stroud District CouncilClient: University of Bath
This hydro scheme is an 87kW low head hydro-electric scheme on the River Dart in South Devon. Its boosted annual energy capture, whilst reducing the volume of water abstracted.

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Building a new length of canal at Capel’s Mill was one of the biggest engineering challenges on the whole 37 mile Cotswold canals restoration between Saul and Lechlade.

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The Chancellor’s Building has provided a Bath University with high quality teaching space to ensure it continues to attract outstanding students to the local area. 

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Coosebean GreenwayDevonport Landing Craft Co-Location ProjectLand South of Keynsham Requisition Sewer
Main Contractor: CORMAC Contracting
Lead Designer: CORMAC Solutions
Main Contractor: Lend Lease
Lead Designer: Jubb Consulting
Main Contractor: The Clancy Group
Lead Designer: Mouchel
Client: Cornwall CouncilClient: Defence Infrastructure OrganisationClient: Wessex Water
This Scheme has created a viable ‘greenway’ for cyclists and pedestrians as an alternative route to commute in and out of the city centre avoiding a heavily trafficked principal route. 

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The construction of slipway and jetty, extension of pontoons, headquarters, waterfront training rooms, maintenance/ engineering sheds and hard-standing landing craft berthing facilities.

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A £1.7million requisitioned sewer to serve a 560-property development designed by Mouchel: of particular interest to those constructing infrastructure in the built environment.

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Lechlade Wharf Bank Protection SchemeLostwithiel Storm TankPoltesco Footbridge
Main Contractor: Jackson Civil Engineering
Lead Designer: Atkins
Main Contractor: Interserve Contracting
Lead Designer: Hyder Consulting
Main Contractor: Ben Harris Boatbuilding
Lead Designer: Matt Robinson Architecture
Client: Environment AgencyClient: H5O - South West WaterClient: The National Trust
Lechlade Wharf is a 24-hour mooring on the River Thames. A 13m section of the river frontage was identified for urgent works to maintain the integrity of the frontage and minimise risk.

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Lostwithiel Storm Tank is the provision of 1240 cubic metres of underground storm water storage, resulting in improvements to water quality in the River Fowey and local environment. 

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Poltesco Footbridge is on an important stretch of the SW Coast Path on the Lizard Peninsula. The bridge uses a bow-string truss and is designed to feel like being on a boat. 

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Civil Engineering Awards 2014 - Institution of Civil Engineers

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