Roundabout up for ICE South West Civil Engineering Award

Whitminster roundabout and canal bridges are included in a public vote to recognise South West civil engineering schemes that are having a positive impact on people’s lives.

The People’s Choice Award shortlist was selected by an expert judging panel from entries to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2021.

The award judges selected the roundabout on A38/A419 after hearing how the project constructed a missing part of the Stroudwater Navigation Canal through the centre of a major roundabout.

It will enable the future regeneration of brownfield sites along the canal corridor and provide a boost to tourism and health by connecting a long-distance walking, cycling route along the canal towpath.

Chair of judges, Mike Gallop, interim regional managing director at Wales and Western, Network Rail, said: “The shortlist demonstrates the resilience and commitment of civil engineers across the South West, who have continued to deliver outstanding projects in extremely challenging circumstances. The finalists represent a wide and exiting range of schemes, highlighting the many different ways in which civil engineering benefits the region, its people, economy and environment.”

A second round of judging will decide the outcome of other award categories, but the public decide which scheme wins the People’s Choice Award via a free online vote.

Full details of all the shortlisted projects are available at ice.org.uk/sw/awards and people have until 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021 to cast a vote.

The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at a gala event in Bristol on Thursday, September 30, presented by Rob Bell, TV presenter and engineer.

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