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ICE South West Award 2017

Cockington Lakes Restoration: Winner of ICE South West Community Award 2017

The restoration of Cockington lakes has been regarded as an extraordinary achievement due to the many and sometimes unique challenges the organisations involved faced during the works.  These included: steep sided surroundings, dense woodland location and narrow access, the safeguarding and care of protected and valued plant life and minimising thee impact on this popular Victorian tourist attraction.  The project had taken years to plan and required a lot of support and fundraising, through special appeals, Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust (TCCT), local volunteers, Heritage Lottery Funding. 

In these Awards it was considered that the project had demonstrated engineering excellence in overcoming these challenges, with timings of works during Autumn/Winter schedule, stakeholder engagement and partnering with volunteers to ensure that programming and budget constraints of the client (TCCT) were met.

The ICE Community Award recognised WM Longreach's engagement with the local community as well as their innovative approach to carrying out difficult works in a challenging environment.  Working closely with the local volunteer group on landscaping works required was without doubt a key success factor in time and money saving; but the innovative bespoke pumping solution devised to overcome the access and egress issues and the need to retain as much public access to the site throughout works was also crucial.

Director of Torbay Coast and Countryisde Trust Damian Offer commented:

"From the very outset, we were impressed by WM's approach, their willingness to work with the project team, developing creative solutions to a challenging job and delivering the programme with minimum disruption to the park and neighbours.  The project was delivered with care and great attention to detail, achieving the desired outcome in the specified time frame with limited damage to adjacent landscaping.  Throughout the works, the Trust received very positive feedback from members of the public regarding the willingness of the WM Team to engage with visitors and explain what was going on.  This made such a positive difference for a project that was very much in the public eye."

Pictured above from left to right:  Damian Offer (Director TCCT), Maia Jones (BD Manager WM Longreach), Hannah Worthington (Access Officer TCCT), Damian McGettrick (Director WM Longreach), Dave Ryan (Site Manager, WM Longreach), (Professor Tim Broyd, President of the ICE)