VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, in conjunction with client Rochdale Borough Council won the National Heritage award for ‘Revealing the Roch’ at the annual Constructing Excellence National awards ceremony earlier this month.
The project was submitted for its excellence in planning, restoration and flood defence measures. The scope involved uncovering two sections of the river and the restoration of a 14 century masonry bridge to reduce flood risk and provide a new public space around the conservation area.
Stuart Newby, regional framework manager for VBA, said: “We are delighted to receive recognition for our work on the project, it has won a total of seven awards this year. The works involved a number of complex stages and needed to be delivered sensitively. The project was delivered on time and to budget, as a result of close collaboration with the client, local community and other project partners. Well done to everyone involved.’’
VBA delivered a number of improvements, including the restoration of the bridge using traditional methods and skills, overseen by a heritage accredited architect. Works done to the existing culvert running through Rochdale town centre helped to reduce the risk of flooding and provide landscaping improvements.
Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The river re-opening and restoration of our medieval bridge is a fascinating and unique part Rochdale town centre’s ongoing £250m regeneration programme. It’s great to see this project getting more national attention and I’m sure the river and its bridge will be a stand out feature in our ever changing town centre for years to come.”
Alison Nicholl, director of Constructing Excellence, commented: “The judges were particularly impressed by the heritage-led approach to regeneration and the way in which the project actively engaged the local community to deliver a genuine impact in the town centre.”
The evening saw 14 award winners, who were announced at the ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on 4 November 2016.
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