White City flood-protection scheme scoops another award
An award-winning, community-focused regneration project in White City that helps reduce flooding and promotes biodiversity has scooped two more accolades.
Bridget Joyce Square, the sustainable urban drainage scheme (SuDS) in Australia Road opened in November 2015. The following year it won the Engineering Project with best Community Impact award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Civil Engineering Awards 2016.
Last week, Robert Bray Associates - the architects who assisted H&F Council with this pioneering project along with engineers McCloy Consulting - scooped the ‘Adding value through landscape’ category and top prize, ‘The President’s Award’, at the 2017 Landscape Institute Awards.
“I am absolutely delighted that this superb project has gained national recognition,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“We pride ourselves on innovating and doing things a bit differently in H&F and are fast becoming a lead authority in London for sustainable drainage schemes.
“This project brings vital green space to an area otherwise dominated by concrete. Sustainable drainage schemes like this help us reduce localised flooding and also help our ambition of being the most environmentally positive borough in the country.”
Local community group, the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association who work alongside H&F Council with numerous valuable projects to help make the borough greener also help with the ongoing maintenance at Bridget Joyce Square.
Flooded with awards
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has introduced several sustainable drainage schemes of various types, across the borough, with several other projects also winning prestigious awards.
Just last month schemes in Shepherds Bush and Fulham were recognised at the Green Apple Awards for environmental engineering.
The schemes are in Melina Road, Shepherds Bush, and Mendora Road, Fulham.
And the Life+ project to climate proof social housing was awarded the College of Fellows Award for climate change adaptation at the Landscape Institute Awards in December last year.
The work took place at the Queen Caroline Estate in Hammersmith, Cheesemans Terrace, West Kensington and Richard Knight House, Eric MacDonald House and Cyril Thatcher House, in Fulham.
Further sustainable drainage schemes are being considered for other locations in the borough.