Sea wall project success

PUBLISHED: 11:52 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

THE rebuilding of Exmouth's sea-defences has led to four local companies picking up building 'Oscars'. At the recent British Construction Industry Awards, the Exmouth Dock and Sea Wall project won top accolades for Topsham's Dawnus Construction, earning c

THE rebuilding of Exmouth's sea-defences has led to four local companies picking up building 'Oscars'.At the recent British Construction Industry Awards, the Exmouth Dock and Sea Wall project won top accolades for Topsham's Dawnus Construction, earning congratulations from Exmouth mayor Joy Whipps.Developers Eagle One, designer Sands Consultants and quantity surveyors Taylor Lewis also picked up awards.Costing £1.27m, the work was described by the judges as "a neat civil engineering project that has facilitated a significant regeneration of the local area".Including the demolition of existing sea defences and installation of a new wall, it collected the plaudits in the Small Civil Engineering category for projects of up to £3m.A new promenade was created behind the wall, including decorative fencing, street lighting and paving to complete the regeneration."This project was logistically demanding and neatly executed," said the BCI judging panel. "Navigation in and out of a narrow marina entrance was maintained throughout."It was a challenging working environment. The team overcame unexpected issues intelligently and resourcefully, and the client has got great value for money."Commissioned as part of its regeneration and redevelopment of the former docks - now a highly successful residential development at Exmouth Quay - the design had to incorporate requirements from English Nature, the Environment Agency and East Devon District Council.The 2008 BCI Awards showed 180 of the best projects in the UK and were held at Grosvenor House in London, with Private Eye's Ian Hislop and MP Barbara Follett making the presentations.Dawnus Director Rob Williams said: "The BCI awards, widely regarded as the industry's Oscars, are considered among the most prestigious in the industry calendar and are judged on concept, delivery, planning and construction. "It's well known that they are not a design competition. While excellence of architectural or engineering are factors, the awards are all embracing. The judges consider many aspects - including quality of design and construction, safety, innovation, sustainability, usability and benefit to the community. Dawnus is a relatively new company to the region - so we are delighted to have received this award, which reflects the high quality of work that strengthens our branding and raises our profile to the wider regional construction marketplace.

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