Top construction projects in running for North East awards

Schemes in Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham among those nominated for the Robert Stephenson Awards

Entrance to Eldon Square from Northumberland Street

Twenty of the region’s top construction projects have been shortlisted in the Robert Stephenson Awards run by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the North East.

The record entry for the awards has seen recognition for projects from north Northumberland to Teesside, with prizes due to be presented for small, medium and large projects at the ICE North East Annual Dinner in April.

The awards are looking to recognise projects that are environmentally sustainable or help to contribute to the preservation of the region’s heritage. Judges are also looking for innovative schemes.

Workman fixing up some of the rotten wood walkway at Dunston Staithes
Workman fixing up some of the rotten wood walkway at Dunston Staithes

Derek Smith, ICE North East Chairman said: “It is fantastic that we have seen a record number of entries for the 2015 Robert Stephenson Awards. It shows that there is more than ever to celebrate in the region, which is a great sign of an improving economy, which not only creates jobs but helps to shape the environment around us.”

In the small projects category, the entries include the Belford Natural Flood Management Scheme in Northumberland, the Poppy Chandelier at the Gateshead Metrocentre, the Megstone Avenue Flood Alleviation Scheme in Cramlington, the restoration of Dunston Staiths in Gateshead and the Yarm Public Realm Works.

A general view of Blaydon
A general view of Blaydon

Entries in the medium projects category are the A1(M) Junction 63 Pinch Point Scheme at Chester-le-Street, the Acklam Road Combined Sewer Overflow at Middlesbrough, the regeneration of Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, Saltburn Gill Minewater Treatment Works, enhancement work at the Transport Bridge in Middlesbrough, the Thornaby Footbridge, work at Spencer Court in Newcastle and the entrance to Eldon Square on the city’s Northumberland Street.

Finally, in the large projects category, the entries are the Blaydon regeneration scheme, the creation of the Saltern Wetlands on the Tees Estuary, the upgrade of Morpeth Sewage Treatment Works and Stockton’s High Street regeneration.

The culvert near Spencer Court in Newburn
The culvert near Spencer Court in Newburn

The ICE North East Annual Dinner takes place on April 16, as part of a two-day visit to the region by the Institution’s President, David Balmforth.

Tickets are available for the event from http://www.ice.org.uk/northeast .

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