Bilsthorpe depot commended at industry awards

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Engineers from Nottinghamshire County Council are celebrating after receiving a commendation at a prestigious industry awards.

Work carried out on the Bilsthorpe Highways Depot was commended in the large project category of the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs).

The awards, held by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), recognise the region’s top civil engineering projects. The large project category is open to projects in the East Midlands costing more than £750,000.

Principal designers of the project were BWB and URS. Principal contractor was Interserve Construction Ltd, The facility, which opened last month, was constructed on a 10 acre site, part of the former Bilsthorpe Colliery.

The judging panel of eminent civil engineers were impressed by the project’s innovative contractual arrangements and use of in-house skills

John Cooper, Project Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council commented: “We are very pleased at the way the depot has progressed and have now moved a significant proportion of our operational highway service into these first class facilities.

“I would personally like to thank our in-house construction teams, Interserve and their suppliers, and URS, for their involvement in what has been a very successful project.”

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

“This year saw a record number of entries and the large project category featured nine strong entries. At £10 million, the project represents the largest single investment in highway depot facilities made by Nottinghamshire County Council and the project teams should be proud of the end result.”

The 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 20 April. Gold event sponsors of the event were Van Elle Ltd, Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering and URS. Silver event sponsor was CCM Associates.