NEC’s Large Project of the Year has been awarded to Phase I of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.
With a striking number of well-run projects winning accolades at this year’s NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar, a multi-organisation project has won the Large Project of the Year due to its ‘one team’ ethos.
Phase I of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme came in ahead of the other nominations as it comprised a large project team that worked together daily on the replacement of Victorian Wiers.
The dedicated project team was made up of experts from Leeds City Council, Environment Agency, BMMjv (a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald) and ARUP. This collaborative approach between client, contractor and consultant puts the project at the forefront of contract management, resulting in a project which is on programme and within budget despite being affected by some of the worst flooding Leeds has experienced.
The scheme will see innovative moveable weirs constructed for the first time as a flood defence in the UK. One of the key aspects of the scheme, replacing the Victorian weirs at Crown Point and Knostrop in the city, with the new moveable weirs, has allowed lower flood defence walls elsewhere in the city, helping to preserve connectivity with the waterfront.
Led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, Phase I of the scheme is one of the largest river flood defence projects in the country. The aim is to provide an increased level of protection against flooding from the River Aire and Hol Beck for 3,500 residential properties and businesses in the city centre. The scheme also includes flood risk reduction at Woodlesford.
The NEC Awards recognise excellence in project delivery and showcase examples of good practice through collaboration from across the world.
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