Black & Veatch shares top community award from institution of civil engineers for project to protect lower Lancaster

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Source: Black & Veatch Corporation

A scheme to protect the community of Lower Lancaster has taken joint first place in the Community Award category of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) North West Awards 2009.

The coveted award is given in recognition of a civil engineering project that demonstrates a clear benefit to society and a recognizable or measurable improvement to the quality of life for the people who use it or are affected by it.

The Lower Lancaster Flood Alleviation Scheme, for which construction supervision was provided by Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, shared the honors with the Environment Agency’s Eden & Petteril Flood Alleviation Scheme, Carlisle, Cumbria.

The £5 million Lancaster scheme, designed by Halcrow and constructed by Carillion, was commended by the judges for providing “significant community benefit in terms of the high standard of protection, additional public access and wildlife improvement” provided for the Lancaster district.

 “The scheme was an excellent example of teamwork. Black & Veatch’s experienced professionals put forward a number of constructive suggestions to optimize the conceptual, technical and operational aspects of the project,” said Black & Veatch’s Project Manager Graham Deakin.

“Working in conjunction with the main designer, Black & Veatch carried out minor redesigns necessitated by unforeseen conditions, such as the embankment fill requiring a higher percentage of lime stabilization than had been originally envisaged.

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