Team Van Oord Scores Double at ICE Merit Awards

Two schemes completed by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency were acclaimed at the 2016 ICE East of England Merit Awards ceremony in Newmarket on 15 September.

The Whittlesey Washes Reservoir scheme received a Merit Award in the ‘Team Achievement’ category, while the Happisburgh to Winterton sea defenses received a Merit Award for ‘Physical Achievement’ and was Highly Commended in the ‘Team Achievement’ category.

ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate and recognize outstanding civil engineering.

The awards are given projects of all sizes and scopes from across the region – from small local schemes costing tens of thousands of pounds to multi-million pound cross-county infrastructure works.

The Happisburgh to Winterton sea defense improvements have maintained the current standard of protection to this section of the North Norfolk coast, thereby safeguarding internationally designated sites, productive agricultural land, more than 500 homes, numerous commercial properties and a thriving tourist industry.

The scheme, carried out in partnership with designers CH2M (Halcrow), included a full assessment of beach levels to ensure protection to the concrete sea wall, reconstruction of 17 timber and steel groynes and construction of one new groyne.

The team faced and overcame many challenges in delivering the project including weather conditions, environmental considerations and unexploded Second World War bombs.

Whittlesey Washes Reservoir forms part of a major flood defense system for the river Nene in Peterborough.

The project involved strengthening 16km of the reservoir’s 18km south bank by placing 300,000 tonnes of material and installing a low level, 250m long concrete wall.

The works were completed a year ahead of program despite having to comply with a working window of July to October to avoid disturbing overwintering and ground nesting birds.

Team Van Oord design partners Royal HaskoningDHV were also engaged on the project under a separate commission with the Environment Agency as a follow on from work on an earlier Framework.


Share this article

Follow Dredging Today


<< Feb 2020 >>
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 1

3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee:

read more >


Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...


Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....