Council’s canal basin work is honoured

Pictured are Derbyshire County Council engineers at the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards receiving a top honour for their Staveley Town Basin land reclamation scheme.
Pictured are Derbyshire County Council engineers at the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards receiving a top honour for their Staveley Town Basin land reclamation scheme.
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Engineers from Derbyshire County Council are celebrating after scooping a prestigious industry accolade.

Work carried out on the Staveley Town Basin land reclamation scheme was named the merit award winner in the small project category of the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards.

The awards, held by the Institution of Civil Engineers, recognise the region’s top civil engineering projects. The small project category is open to projects in the East Midlands which cost less than £750,000.

The project, designed by Derbyshire County Council and carried out by principal contractor NT Killingley Ltd, saw the construction of a new canal basin on the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley carried out in partnership with the Chesterfield Canal Trust Ltd and the Chesterfield Canal Partnership.

Funding for the scheme was provided by the East Midlands Development Agency.

Costing £600,000, this provided a much needed mooring facility and the restoration of a 400 metre stretch of the canal with a new road entrance from Eckington Road, a new parking area, multi-user trail and towpath and new public area for hosting events.

The awards were judged by an eminent panel of senior civil engineers. The judges were particularly impressed by the project’s sustainability, by using traditional design and construction techniques and through using locally sourced materials.

Malcolm Jackson, Regional Director – ICE East Midlands, said: “The EMMAs are an annual celebration of the region’s best civil engineering projects.

“This year saw a record number of entries and the small project category featured six strong submissions but the canal basin at Staveley was judged to be the best, providing regeneration to the area by using innovative methods, achieving a good end result. Congratulations to all parties concerned.”

The project team received their award from ICE President Richard Coackley during the ICE East Midlands Gala Dinner and Annual Awards held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel on Friday, April 20. Gold event sponsors of the event were Van Elle Ltd, Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering and URS. Silver event sponsor was CCM Associates.

Highly commended in the same category was the work carried out by NMC Nomenca on behalf of Severn Trent Water in replacing a sewerage pumping station in Burton-on-the-Wolds.