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Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project Makes Award Shortlist

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Phase 1 of Conwy County Borough Council’s Colwyn Bay Waterfront project, which was completed in 2014, has been shortlisted for an Award by CEEQUAL, the organisation which recognises good sustainability standards in Civil Engineering projects.

The CEEQUAL Awards highlight civil engineering projects which have demonstrated high levels of sustainability and which have achieved high environmental and social performance standards. The Waterfront Project submission highlighted the ways that the project team had approached and carried out the sea defence and promenade enhancement work.

At the start of the project, a Site Waste Management Plan was produced to identify ways to maximise the use of material. The old seawall was crushed and used as construction fill, greatly reducing the material removed from site as waste and the amount of fill which needed to be transported to site.

The timber slats from the old seating on the seawall were removed used by the Council’s harbourmaster to be for seating repairs elsewhere in the County.

Old lighting columns were replaced with energy efficient LED units to improve the level of lighting on the road and promenade.

Porth Eirias, which was also part of the project, was constructed to BREEAM standards, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for infrastructure and buildings, and achieved a rating of excellent.

Cllr Dave Cowans, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Sustainability said,

“It’s really pleasing to see the Waterfront project recognised in this way, and a credit to the work of the project team. We’re currently working on the second phase of the Project, stretching from the Pier to the eastern extent of the Cayley Embankment, and are committed to continuing the high levels of environmental performance and sustainability with this latest phase of the project.”

The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 November.

Finance for Phase 1 amounted to approximately £24m in total which was secured from various funding streams including Welsh Government Coastal Defence Funding, European Regeneration Funding and Conwy County Borough Council funding. This funded the construction of a groyne to act as a sea defence and protect the town of Colwyn Bay, the railway and A55 infrastructure; reinforcing the sea wall; stepped revetments, raising the level of the promenade; the importation of sand to act as sea defence as well as provide a permanent beach; and the construction of Porth Eirias.

For more information about the Waterfront Project visit: www.conwy.gov.uk/colwynbaywaterfront