Colwyn Bay Waterfront CEEQUAL Awards
The Colwyn Bay Waterfront project won two international awards for sustainable design last week.
The CEEQUAL Exceptional Achievement Awards recognise projects that demonstrate pinnacle best-practice performance, highlighting some of the top sustainability achievements by civil engineering project teams around the world.
The Colwyn Bay project was awarded for exceptional achievement in two categories: Landscape and Strategy & Management.
“The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project is a prime example of best practice in the delivery of a highly sustainable civil engineering scheme that has delivered many additional benefits,” said a CEEQUAL spokesperson. “The judges were particularly impressed that the design team took the opportunity afforded by the upgrade to flood defences to create a better environment and amenity value for the community.”
Phase 2 of the project included regenerating the area between Victoria Pier and Cayley Embankment, creating a raised family beach and a kiosk designed by a local architecture student. The shared footpath and cycleway was widened and made completely separate from the road, with improved lighting.
“We put a great deal of thought and planning into all the landscaping decisions, so we’re delighted with these awards,” said Benjamin Poulton, Project Manager at Conwy County Borough Council. “Building the new seawall nearer to the sea than the old Victorian defences created a much larger area compared to the old fairly narrow promenade. This allowed us to include cultural information about the town and the health markers at 50m intervals to encourage walking, jogging and cycling along it.”
“The design focussed on the three pillars of sustainability, that is environmental, economic and social performance,” explains Richard Griffiths from designers Mott MacDonald. “We’re delighted that this fabulous project is being recognised. But the biggest accolade of all is seeing the promenade and the beach being used and enjoyed so much by locals and visitors.”
Posted on 04/12/2019