VBA’s Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme has been shortlisted for Project of the Year at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2020.

Lincolnshire Lakes

The flood defence scheme was designed to increase flood defence protection for businesses and communities along the banks of the River Trent. 

Delivered under the Environment Agency’s Water and Environment Management Framework, the project was led by North Lincolnshire Council and delivered by VBA (a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins an SNC Lavalin company). Design and project management was undertaken by Mott MacDonald.

The project ran from August 2017 until August 2019.

Following devastating flooding in December 2013, a £13.3 million-pound grant from Humber LEP and The Northern Powerhouse was issued to ensure that North Lincolnshire would be better protected and more resistant to flooding in the future.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“It is fantastic to have been shortlisted for the Project of the Year Award; this highlights the hard work by the whole project team and partners.

“We are committed to protecting our towns and villages to ensure homes and livelihoods are not lost. The flood defence scheme was a significant project to protect communities on both sides of the River Trent and pave the way for future development in this area.”

Mark Cronshaw, framework director at VBA, commented: “Thousands of people were affected by the devastating flooding in 2013. It has been incredibly rewarding to have delivered this project – on time and under budget – and help protect this close-knit community from flooding for generations to come.

“Along with design partner, Mott MacDonald, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the team who worked on the Lincolnshire Lakes project and the community for being so understanding throughout construction.”

Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme is one of three projects from across the region to be shortlisted for the Centenary Award which recognises projects valued at £5m or over. Other shortlisted projects in this category include Mercia School in Sheffield and Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme.

The ICE Yorkshire and Humber awards are held annually to showcase the outstanding work completed during the past year by civil engineers in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The awards are divided into three categories. Projects with a cost in excess of £5m will compete for the Centenary Award; those under £5m can apply for the Smeaton Award, and those concerned with studies and research can compete for the Sir John Fowler Award.

This year’s winners will be revealed at the ICE’s annual black-tie gala dinner at Sheffield City Hall on 6 March, sponsored by Mott Macdonald, Balfour Beatty and YORhub.

Penny Marshall, the ICE’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber said: “The standard of entries we have seen this year is exceptionally high and the judges now have a very difficult task ahead of them.

“There are thousands of civil engineers in Yorkshire and Humber that work tirelessly to design, improve and maintain the infrastructure that we rely on, and these awards are a great opportunity to highlight the positive impact their work has on our lives.”

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