Local projects scoop awards

The civil engineering teams behind five East Sussex projects are celebrating after their expertise was recognised in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2013.

The winners received their trophies from ICE Senior Vice President Geoff French at Leeds Castle.

The awards recognise the best civil engineering projects across South East England.

Friston to Folkington Water Pipeline at Jevington was highly commended in the Community category. This project is a £3 million scheme to construct a new pumping station and 6.4 kilometres of water main to ensure customers did not face water shortages during drought periods which was submitted by South East Water.

Pevensey Outfalls at Pevensey was highly commended in the Water and Marine category.

This project is a £4.8 million scheme to provide flood defences for 1,600 households and improve fish and elver pass with new tidal gates on the south coast near Eastbourne which was submitted by Team Van Oord. Other East Sussex projects were the Peacehaven Treatment Works – which won the top prize – Rother Valley Railway, which won the Restoration category, and Rye Harbour, which won the Water and Marine Category.

Mr French said, “Having the right infrastructure is a key factor to generate economic success and publicly rewarding the people, organisations and businesses which deliver that infrastructure is important because of the benefits such civil engineering projects bring to the community.”