A379 Slapton reinstatement shortlisted for another award

A379 Slapton

Posted on: 3 April 2019

The A379 Slapton Line reconstruction scheme is in the running for a prestigious civil engineering award.

As part of this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Awards, in association with Kier Infrastructure, the Devon County Council project at Slapton is one of 14 schemes from across the region shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award.

People in the region are being asked to vote for the civil engineering project that has had the greatest impact on their lives and communities. You have until Sunday 9 June to vote, by visiting the ICE website. The winner will be announced on Thursday 27 June.

The road between Torcross and Strete Gate was washed away by Storm Emma in March 2018. Contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd carried out the realignment work on behalf of Devon County Council, moving two sections of the road inland to enable the road to re-open just seven months later, in October.

The project has been highlighted by the ICE South West Awards for the close liaison between Devon County Council, Alun Griffiths Ltd, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Field Studies Council and Natural England throughout the scheme due to the environmental sensitivity of the area, as a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserve (NNR) and part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Engagement with the local community was also key, with local people being kept informed of the planned work and progress of the scheme.

ICE South West Regional Director Miranda Housden said: “Civil engineers are hidden heroes who transform people’s lives. They have been involved in some fantastic projects over the past year which are now benefiting local people. The People’s Choice Award is designed to let everyone who lives in the region have their say on the project they think has most impact on them so we can celebrate their achievements.”

Alan Denbigh, from the Slapton Line Partnership, said: “I believe that there were a number of things that impressed everyone about this project: the speed with which it took place – from zero funding to planning and execution; the practical constraints it was up against such as unexploded ordnance, working against weather and tides in an environmentally sensitive area and the logistics of the site with access disrupted by the storm damage; and finally the way that the community were kept informed every step of the way.

“The fact that a number of the partners facilitating the scheme were active members of the Slapton Line Partnership and knew who to talk to and work with helped considerably. It would be great if local residents were able to show their appreciation for the scheme by voting for it.”

Dr Simon Dunn, South West Operations Director for Alun Griffiths, said: “Griffiths is delighted that the project has been shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award. To have worked on a project which has such positive impacts on local communities and to have this recognised is really appreciated by the Project Team. We would be very grateful for the support from local communities in voting for the project.”

The announcement by the ICE South West Awards follows recent success for Devon County Council’s project at the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) awards, where the scheme won the Transport Project of the Year and the Transportation Environment Award.

The shortlisted projects for the People’s Choice Award can be found at www.ice.org.uk/southwestawards.

1 comment on “A379 Slapton reinstatement shortlisted for another award

  1. Robert Tucker says:

    What a huge sadness it would have been if the work had not been done. Apparently some think that people who cannot walk long distances are are still as important as a few wading birds and half a dozen newts!

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