ICE Award for 3 Breheny Projects and Environmental Disaster avoided at Wandle

On 15th June this year’s ICE Award ceremony took place at Ixworth House near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and three of J Breheny Contractors Ltd projects were recognized.

The Crag Walk Heritage Project received Merit Awards for both Physical and Team Achievement. Our works formed the first phase of the project which aims to protect the Naze whilst also improving public knowledge, access and facilities. This was achieved by the construction of a150 m long and 22m wide rock structure with a 4m wide public access and information platform.

Highly Commended Awards for both Physical and Team Achievement were presented for the West Cambridge Infrastructure Phase 3 works. These infrastructure works involved works for access, water management and biodiversity to facilitate future development requirements of Cambridge University. This involved extensive earthworks remodelling using soil improvement techniques to form a 50,000m3 lake, cycle ways and elevated paved social areas.

In addition Bowers Marsh Nature Reserve was given a Highly Commended Award. Bowers Marsh lies within the RSPB South Essex Marshes Reserve and here we created a new safe habitat for birds and other wildlife. The scheme also required the construction of nature trails and facilities to allow public access.

Well done and Congratulations to Kevin Taylor and Alistair Pike and their teams for their approach, work and achievements on these projects.

Congratulations also go to Gordon Edgar who retired from Breheny’s in 2011 and was presented with a Merit Award for his outstanding service to civil engineering.

On Monday 2 July an environmental disaster was avoided by the quick action of staff at our Wandle Park site. At 7.30 am William Dalton and Pat Boyle discovered that toxic red diesel from an unknown upstream source had spilled into the River Wandle and had entered the Park site. Fortunately, due to the nature of the works being carried out, spill kits and pollution booms were available on site. Labour was therefore immediately mobilised to place booms, bunds and absorbent material in order to contain the oil. The site team were praised for their quick actions and help by Tom Sweeney, Project Manager for the London Borough of Croydon and Russell Snashall, Environment Officer with the Environment Agency. Russell also added ‘.it showed that environmental emergency planning works when it is done professionally.’ The Environment Agency is looking to locate the source of the contamination but this is proving difficult as the River Wandle collects run-off from across the Croydon area.