Three Dutch-related companies, BAM Nutall, Team Van Oord and VBA, have been awarded by the Environment Agency for their excellent work undertaken in flood scheme projects.
On the occasion of the Flood & Coast 2016 conference the awards were handed out during a gala dinner in Telford on 24 February.
The Dutch-related companies won their awards in the categories: innovation, sustainable resource management and a special award for customer services.
For 2016 there were 60 individual projects entered across seven categories, making a total of 96 submissions. A pre-selection panel shortlisted three projects in each category for further judging.
Dutch-related winning projects
Innovation winner: Broomhill Sands scheme by Team Van Oord
This scheme is a 30 million UK pound construction project to improve the beach over 2,5 kilometers including a rock revetment and a replacement of existing timber groynes by ones made from recycled plastic.
Jury appraisals: using groynes from recycled plastic, working with the kitesurf community, providing additional public safety, reuse of saline-contaminated clay.
Sustainable resource management winner: Wallasea Wild scheme by BAM Nuttall
This scheme is the transformation of arable land back into the coastal marshland it once was. This was made possible by raising the level of the land with 3 million tonnes of clay from the Crossrail project in London.
Jury appraisals: transport of the clay by sea avoided 200,000 lorry journeys, used material that would otherwise have gone to a landfill, was reused to manage the coastal habitats.
Customer service & community action: Littlehampton Arun by Volker Stevin, Boskalis and Atkins (VBA)
This scheme is the improvement of a tidal flood defense along the east bank of the river Arun. The main elements of construction include sheet piling, concrete flood walls, earth embankments, construction of a king pile wall, pontoon systems.
A public liaison manager acted as the single point of contact for the local community.