Work to reduce the risk of flooding in parts of North Tyneside wins a prestigious award.

On behalf of North Tyneside Council, Capita designed and constructed a scheme to replace surface water culverts beneath two areas of Metro track. It was the winner of the small project category at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) North East Robert Stephenson Awards held at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel on Thursday 27 April.

The culverts were identified as a cause of flooding in Shiremoor and Monkseaton following the storm of 28 June 2012, known as ‘Thunder Thursday’. Survey work showed that the culverts – near Shiremoor and West Monkseaton Metro stations – had structural and hydraulic capacity issues. Once the problem was identified, a significant challenge was the restricted time frame to replace the culverts since it had to be done during pre-planned  track closures for Nexus’ modernisation work. There were two weekends available, each providing a 35-hour window of opportunity. The team responded to the challenge and the work was completed on time and to budget.

The project, delivered by Capita’s engineering design and construction teams on North Tyneside, forms part of a wider work to tackle flooding in the area. This has included the installation of three dry storage basins and new drainage ditches, which was shortlisted in the medium project category of the Robert Stephenson Awards.

David Wall, Capita’s associate director for engineering design, said:

“We knew the project would be a challenge given the site constraints but the collaboration between the Capita Design team, Client Team, Nexus and Capita’s Construction Team was phenomenal, resulting in a really successful project.”

Simon Butt, Capita’s operations director for highways, said:

“In winning this award the ICE have recognised the North Tyneside Partnership’s ability to design, mobilise and construct schemes quickly and collaboratively - through using the existing Nexus track closures. While the scheme is a small part of our overall flood risk reduction programme, it demonstrates perfectly the team’s overall delivery ethos.”

Mark Newlands, North Tyneside Council’s Highways and Infrastructure Manager, said:

“This project was a critical part of the wider flood risk reduction work in the area. It was delivered within extremely challenging operational and time constraints. The team effort and professionalism was the key to the project’s success and it is fantastic that this has been recognised by the ICE.”

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