South Devon Highway wins another national award

South Devon Highway (Photograph by Skyflicks)South Devon Highway (Photograph by Skyflicks)

Posted on: 31 October 2016

The South Devon Link Road Project has been presented with another major national award.

Now called the South Devon Highway, the project won the Community Engagement Award at the British Construction Industry awards.

The project team, which includes Devon County Council, Torbay Council, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, construction company Galliford Try and their designer Ramboll, accepted the award at an awards cermony on 12 October in London.

Now in its 29th year and backed by the Prime Minister, the British Construction Industry Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards for the entire built environment.

Since opening, the project has received several awards, including two Institution of Civil Engineers regional awards, a gold Considerate Constructors award, an Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) award, a regional Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) South West award and a gold Green Apple award for its environmental activities.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Cllr Andrew Leadbetter2Economy and Growth, said:

“Building the South Devon Link Highway was highly complex, involving many partners and engineering challenges.

“The proximity of the project to residents meant that engaging with the community was crucial to the success of the project. This award is therefore formal recognition of our thorough communication with residents and motorists throughout the project.”

Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor of Torbay said:

“This is brilliant news for the project and is well deserved. We know that the community engagement activities, including setting up a Community Liaison Group, all helped to keep people informed of activity on the project and helped activity to progress smoothly.”

Chris Hastings, Galliford Try Project Director, said:

“The award is a tribute to the huge effort made by the team. Close collaboration and strong working relationships with the community played a huge part in the project staying on programme. The community was kept informed of developments at all times and had a say in the construction process through the community liaison group.”

The project was also highly commended in the major civil engineering project of the year (over £50m) category and shortlisted in the low carbon construction, judges special and prime minister’s better public building categories.

The 5.5km dual carriageway provides a long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell and was officially opened by Roads Minister Andrew Jones in February 2016.

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