7 May 2009
The ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) East Midlands has recently announced its Merit Awards for 2009. The judges agreed that all 25 entries were of an extremely high standard. Two schemes recognised with Merit Awards were the Billingham Anhydrite Mine and the Annesley Tip Restoration, which have both been supported by WYG Engineering.
The Billingham Anhydrite Mine was given a Merit Award in the ‘Studies and Research Papers’ category. This significant project, commissioned by the ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries), required a skilled re-entry operation to the mine to provide a condition assessment in preparation for a future sale. The ICI required a full technical and managerial service to identify, investigate, design and implement a course of action that would allow them to meet their objectives in a cost effective, sustainable and, most importantly, safe manner. This project was particularly challenging and technically complex as re-entry into a mine is rarely attempted. WYG was appointed as principal designer and researcher, working closely alongside SES and Mines Rescue.
The Annesley Tip Restoration project was also recognised with a Merit Award in the ‘Small Project’ category. Persimmon Homes commissioned this project which involved the reclamation of the Newstead Colliery Tip, in conjunction with the redevelopment of the adjacent Annesley Colliery site, for a housing and mixed use scheme. A condition of the planning permission was the sustainable restoration of the Newstead Colliery Tip as an informal public open space within the important conservation area. WYG, in conjunction with Merriman Ltd, designed and constructed a scheme that met client requirements and achieved stakeholder approval.
John Ottaway, Director, WYG Engineering said: “These are two very challenging and important projects for the region. We take great pride in all our project work for clients in the East Midlands and throughout the UK and are delighted that both these schemes have been recognised by the ICE.”