Winner: Land and Water Group – Somerset Dredging Project
This year’s category produced some very high-quality finalists, with the judges blown away by an exceptional shortlist.
But it was Land and Water that was crowned the winner, having delivered a scheme under the gaze of the prime minister and a huge media frenzy.
Following the extensive flooding in Somerset during 2013/14, specialist contractor L&W was appointed to undertake dredging works on the rivers Parrett and Tone, stretching 8 km.
In what was a highly pressured project, the team was required to work at pace from March through to October 2014 - all while submitting weekly reports and open book cost analysis.
The team also had to accommodate visits from the prime minister, environment secretary and several other high-profile guests, as well as regular media events.
“The project required a huge leap of faith as well as battling with nature and engineering structures”
The judges said this was a complex project, which took a “huge leap of faith” by both the contractor and client while “battling with nature and engineering structures”.
L&W is able to list a stream of achievements, including zero waste, the use of three dredging methods and the improvement of more than 100 ha of arable land.
Ecological challenges were also rife, with wildlife ranging from badgers, to grass snakes as well as poisonous Hemlock coating the river banks.
Community engagement sat at the heart of the project, delivering works to an area that had been hit by severe floods.
Not only was 50 per cent of its delivery team from the local community, but the contractor connected with flood victims through social media platforms, keeping people up to date with the ongoing works.
Despite the challenges, the project was successfully delivered a year ahead of schedule.
Following completion, the Environment Agency handed its leading health and safety award to the team in November, highlighting the group’s “co-operation, learning and sharing behaviours” towards achieving a successful project.
The panel singled out L&W’s “complete enthusiasm” for a scheme on which the team overcame a range of challenges, local and national political pressure, and the need for effective community engagement.
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