Two Awards for Hartlepool Sea Defenses

A Hartlepool Borough Council project carried out in partnership with local company Seymour Civil Engineering to help protect homes on the town’s Headland from flooding has won two prestigious awards.

The project to strengthen the sea defense along the historic 14th century Town Wall earned the Project Of The Year and the Going The Extra Mile awards at the 2017 Civil Engineering Contractors Association (North-East) Awards.

Councillor Marjorie James, who represents Hartlepool on the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group, praised the partnership between the Council and Seymour.

She said: “The fact that the Environment Agency now cites the project as an example of best practice in coastal protection schemes really says it all for the quality of the scheme and the people who worked on it.”

Chris Byrne, Contract Manager for Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “It is an immense achievement to have won these prestigious awards which we are all extremely proud of, but making a positive difference to the people who live in our home town of Hartlepool is what is really testament to the scheme’s success.”

Stuart Miller, Regional Director – Civil Engineering Contractors Association (North-East), commented: “What stood out to our judging panel was the collaborative manner in which Hartlepool Borough Council and Seymour Civil Engineering worked so well together. It’s clear that this partnership approach helped deliver an aesthetically pleasing result, sympathetic to its environment and yet engineered with integrity.”

As well as the two awards for the work on the Headland Town Wall project, Seymour were also named the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (North-East)’s Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year.