Eric Wright Civil Engineering (EWCE) celebrated a flurry of awards at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association North West Awards (CECA NW) and British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA), winning two and highly commended in a further six categories.
Diane Bourne, managing director at EWCE scooped the Women in Civil Engineering award, whilst the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, which wholly-owns the Eric Wright Group, won the Social Value category at CECA NW.
Kirkthorpe Hydropower, the largest hydro-electric project of its type in England at the time of building, was Highly Commended for BCIA’s Carbon Reduction Project of the Year and Highly Commended in CECA NW’s Project of the Year up to £5 million category. Kirkthorpe Hydropower generates 500kW of clean energy, runs continuously for more than 11 months of the year and provides enough power for more than 800 households.
The hydro-electric project, along with a number of others delivered across Yorkshire, also received a Highly Commended for Collaborative Partnership for Barn Energy, EWCE, JNP, ANF Consulting and CobaltPM.
Cumbria County Council’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Better Building Award at BCIA. EWCE together with other contractors delivered the highway and bridge reconstruction and construction works following the disastrous Storm Desmond floods of 2015.
Diane Bourne, managing director at EWCE said: “I was honoured to win Women in Civil Engineering and I hope to use this accolade to showcase the great opportunities available for the next generation of talent, particularly females, across civil engineering and the wider construction industry.
“These multiple wins and commendations are testament to the hard work put in by all parties involved on each project. Despite working in the River Calder through the extremely wet winter of 2016 for Kirkthorpe Hydropower, and the site suffering numerous inundations, we achieved every programme milestone from installation of the Czech turbine in summer 2016 to final connection to the National Grid. We were appointed by Barn Energy without a competitive tender process, testament to their confidence in our abilities upon the successful completion of a previous scheme in Yorkshire. We continue to work with our client and will shortly complete the larger Knottingley Hydro-Electric project.
“We are also continuing our work with Cumbria County Council, along with other contractors, on widespread improvements, including bridge repairs, reinforcement works and the installation of new flood defence measures.”