Wakefield flood prevention scheme wins 2014 Centenary Award

Posted: Thursday 3rd April 2014

Ings Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme wins the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Centenary Award.

Ings Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme has won the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Centenary Award which is awarded annually to the best infrastructure project in the region.

Representatives of the Environment Agency, designer Jacobs UK and contractors Galliford Try and CPC Civils Ltd were presented with the award by the President of the Institution, Geoff French, at a Gala Dinner held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 7 March.

The serious flooding in Wakefield in 2007 prompted Ings Beck to be included in the National Priority Programme. The scheme will provide the city with defences against a likelihood of flooding once in every hundred years, protecting 715 homes and 59 businesses as well as the A638 major trunk road.

It is a complex scheme that cost £14.8m, involving building defences at nine sites, spread over 11.8km of watercourse. Significant environmental improvements are an added benefit. Given the scale of the scheme and diversity of the landscape, successful completion required highly-innovative thinking and a meticulous approach to health and safety.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Damian Kilburn said “The judges were impressed by the enthusiasm of the project team in delivering a complex multi-site project which has achieved considerable public benefit.

Working closely with the community, in residential and congested city-centre locations, the team demonstrated their commitment to safety and ingenuity across multiple elements of the project.”

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