Morpeth flood scheme scoops regional award

Morpeth Flood Aleviation Scheme.
Morpeth Flood Aleviation Scheme.

The Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme has claimed a top regional construction award.

The Environment Agency project has triumphed in the Infrastructure category of this year’s RICS North East Renaissance Awards, held last night at Newcastle Civic Centre.

This is a fantastic achievement and something which the teams behind the projects should be immensely proud of.

Adam Serfontein, Chairman RICS North East Renaissance Awards

Judges were impressed with the innovative design solution of the project, including a significant dam built 4km outside of Morpeth at Mitford.

They praised the design for maintaining the unique character of the town by providing unobtrusive flood defences around properties and community facilities.

And the judges were also impressed with the liaison that had taken place with the local community to implement such a significant infrastructure project, and the attention to detail to protect the environment and safeguard threatened species, including crayfish, elvers and salmon.

Judging panel Chairman Adam Serfontein said: “The standard of entries this year was phenomenal so our panel had an extremely tough job selecting the shortlist of 57 schemes, let alone the winners.

“Whilst the winners and those that have been highly commended range from small scale pioneering schemes through to multi-million pound developments, they all share an unwavering commitment and ability to add real value to the communities that they serve.

“This is a fantastic achievement and something which the teams behind the projects should be immensely proud of.”

The annual RICS North East Renaissance Awards are better known as the region’s ‘property Oscars’ and celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

Television personality Phil Spencer, best known for his work on Channel 4 series, Location, Location, Location, presented this year’s ceremony, which was attended by over 400 property professionals.

The Project of the Year title was awarded to the redevelopment of Monument Mall in Newcastle.