Esh scoops three prizes at CECA North East 2020 Awards ceremony

The CECA North East 2020 Awards took place as a virtual ceremony on 11th December.

Construction schemes delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division and the joint venture partnership, Esh-Stantec, have been recognised at this year’s Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North East Awards.

Taking place in a virtual ceremony, Haddricks Mill won Medium Project of the Year (£1m-5m) and the Killingworth and Longbenton surface water separation scheme scooped the Going the Extra Mile award, as well as the Environmental Project of the Year.

Haddricks Mill was delivered on behalf of Newcastle City Council as part of the Northern Access Corridor Improvements programmeLocated on the A189 Killingworth Road – an important link between the major employment site at Gosforth Business Park and central and western areas of Newcastle – the existing two-lane carriageway was widened on the approach to the Haddricks Mill junction, to provide an additional bus lane and a two-way segregated cycling and pedestrian route.

Working with designers, Byland Engineering, bulk excavation was undertaken to the existing steep embankment along the narrow corridor and retaining structures were installed which comprised a 170m long masonry faced cavity retaining wall with soil nailed slope behind, a 76m masonry faced contiguous pile wall and a 15m section of precast unit wall faced with masonry.

The double award-winner of the evening was the Killingworth and Longbenton surface water separation scheme, delivered by Esh-Stantec working in partnership with Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), North Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency.

The £6 million project saw developments take place within the areas of Longbenton and Killingworth to reduce the risk of flooding from heavy rainfall to 3,500 homes within the area. Further recognition has come from two further award wins from the Environment Agency’s Flood & Coast Excellence Awards and the prestigious WaPUG prize at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Urban Drainage Group Awards.

The scheme has improved water quality and provides amenity and biodiversity through the creation of surface water storage areas. Instead of flowing back to the sewerage system, overflows from the lake will spill into natural grassed areas alongside the bank and drain back to a local watercourse instead.

Three floating island eco-systems, which were designed and built by Biomatrix Waterhave been installed in Killingworth Lake to improve biodiversity and provide natural habitats for wildlife such as fish and nesting birds in the area.

Steve Wilkie, Executive Director of Esh Construction, said: “We are delighted with these latest award wins which recognise the outstanding abilities of our project teams across both our civil engineering division and our Esh-Stantec joint venture. The additional wins for the Killingworth and Longbenton surface water separation scheme demonstrate the collaboration and commitment between the partnering agencies to go the extra mile and deliver a positive legacy within the community.” 

We are delighted with these latest award wins which recognise the outstanding abilities of our project teams across both our civil engineering division and our Esh-Stantec joint venture. The additional wins for the Killingworth and Longbenton surface water separation scheme demonstrate the collaboration and commitment between the partnering agencies to go the extra mile and deliver a positive legacy within the community.”

Steve Wilkie, Executive Director of Esh Construction
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