Engineering teams behind South Shields' North Marine Park restoration and Cleadon flooding scheme inline for awards
The teams behind two major schemes in South Tyneside – including the impressive restoration of North Marine Park – are inline for awards.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has announced the North Marine Park Restoration Project and Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme have both been shortlisted for recognition in its 2021 Robert Stephenson Awards.
The awards, now in their 30th year are held annually to showcase the outstanding work done by civil engineers in the North East.
They are divided into three categories; projects with a cost in excess of £5million compete for the Large Projects Award, projects valued between £1million and £5million compete for the Medium Projects Award, and those under £1million can apply for the Small Projects Award.
North Marine Park Restoration Project and Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme are both in the running for the Medium Projects Award.
Esh Civils and Southern Green were appointed by South Tyneside Council to deliver a £3.2million restoration project of the historic North Marine Park on South Shields' seafront.
The restoration project aims to return the North Marine Park to its original Victorian vision, with support from a £2.4million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
The project involved creating better pedestrian links with Littlehaven Promenade, restoring the park’s original features including the grotto and the grand promenade staircase.
Works also included improvements to the park’s open spaces, the bowling greens and clubhouse, as well as a new play area.
The Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) significantly reduces surface water flood risk to 129 residential properties.
ICE North East collaboration between South Tyneside Council, Royal HaskoningDHV and Bam Nuttall enabled the scheme to be successfully delivered from outline design to completion, within nine months of a very challenging 2020.
The South Tyneside projects form part of the 10 shortlisted projects from across Tyneside, Durham and Teesside.
Derek Smith, chairman of the Robert Stephenson Awards judging panel, said: “As usual, the standard of entries for the 2021 Robert Stephenson Awards is very high. We’ve had a good number of entries, each one demonstrating civil engineering excellence and innovation, and each one demonstrating that civil engineering across the North East is in good hands.
"I would like to thank all the nominees for taking the time to put forward an entry and helping to raise the profile of civil engineering.
“There are thousands of civil engineers in the North East who work tirelessly to design, construct, improve and maintain the infrastructure that we all rely on. These awards are a great opportunity to highlight the positive impact their work has on our lives.”
The winners of the awards will be announced during ICE North East’s Robert Stephenson Awards online ceremony on 23 April sponsored by CDM Recruitment.
A special 30th Anniversary Award will also be presented to the winner of a recent online poll which asked members of the public to vote for their favourite Robert Stephenson Award winner from the last 3 years. The winner of the STEM Ambassador of the Year Award sponsored by ESH Civils will also be revealed.