Environment

Double honour for Stover environmental project

Photo of the drainage system at Stover Country Park

Posted on: 30 September 2020

The A38 Stover Country Park Wetland project has won two major honours at the South West’s top civil engineering awards.

The scheme at the country park, near Newton Abbot, was presented with the New Build Project Under £3m Award and the Judges’ Special Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020.

The £2.9 million scheme at the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) involved the construction of a new sustainable drainage system to protect the park from contaminated run off from the A38. It included drainage realignments and the installation of reed beds that reduce silt, oil and soluble metals.

The ICE Judging Panel praised the scheme for its green credentials and described it as a “feel-good project”.

The judges said: “They took a hard civil engineering scheme and turned it into something that was much more environmentally friendly, more ecological and much better for the local community.”

The project was delivered and supported by a partnership of agencies including Highways England, Kier, South West Highways Ltd, Stover Country Park, Devon County Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Miranda Housden, Director of ICE South West, said: “The field this year has been truly inspirational with projects that capture the imagination and push the boundaries of civil engineering. Moving our awards ceremony online allowed us to include many more people and it was fantastic to share the experience with our members and industry partners. Well done to the winners and to all those shortlisted.”

Photo of Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are delighted to receive both awards. The project was a collaborative effort and I would like to thank Highways England, Keir Ltd, SWH Highways and JW Baron Earthworks, among others, for their contribution. We have already seen improved water quality entering the lake from the systems. We have also seen a tremendous amount of reestablishment around the reed beds with a total of 142 flowering plant species identified. So not only have we created a useful sustainable drainage system, we have created a fantastic habitat for a range of species, with small red eyed damselflies, lessor emperor dragonfly and migrating sandpiper having been recorded.”

Highways England Project Manager Darren Painter said: “We’re delighted to be recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers for our work and involvement in the Stover Country Park wetlands project. And we’re equally delighted to have worked on such a successful environmental scheme – it was a great collaborative effort involving Devon County Council, Stover Country Park, Kier Group, South West Highways Ltd, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

“Our Designated Funds programme was developed so that we can invest in projects beyond our traditional road build and maintenance, and this is a glowing example of how this funding can have a positive impact on people and communities. The project also won the regional CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) Sustainability.”

The ICE award winners were announced at a recent online ceremony.

The Institution of Civil Engineers is the oldest professional engineering association in the world, representing more than 95,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world, with over 6,000 members in the South West, who design, build and maintain the region’s infrastructure.

Watch the video about the amazing projects and talented individuals involved in the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020.

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