Innovative White City anti-flooding scheme scoops major award

Bridget Joyce Square in White City fended off multi-million pound projects to win a top engineering award.

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School children at the opening of Bridget Joyce Square last year.

An innovative regeneration project to provide a community focal point in White City that also reduces flooding has won a prestigious engineering award.

Bridget Joyce Square was formed as part of the regeneration of Australia Road and incorporates special sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) landscaping that helps reduce flooding.

The square, which opened in November last year, claimed the Engineering Project with best Community Impact award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Civil Engineering Awards 2016

“This win is great recognition for the residents and officers who worked together to come up with this scheme,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services. 

“We were shortlisted alongside some vast, multi-million pound engineering schemes, so the competition for the award was intense. We now plan to work with residents to introduce similar SuDS projects elsewhere in H&F.”

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The team behind Bridget Joyce Square celebrate with their award

Bridget Joyce Square features special water-retaining basins and permeable paving to reduce flood risk, while improving amenity and biodiversity with a variety of planted trees and shrubs. It also has an open space for hosting community events.

The ICE awards are the premier showcase for the top engineering projects from across the capital. The public were invited to vote online for their local or favourite scheme from those on the shortlist.

The award was presented at a formal ceremony in central London on Thursday 26 May.

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Cllr Wesley Harcourt at the opening of Bridge Joyce Square last year

Other schemes shortlisted in the awards included the Thames Water Lee Tunnel Project, the Tennison Road Bridge in Croydon and the District and Circle Line Underpass.

To find out more about Bridget Joyce Square and the other shortlisted projects visit the ICE awards website.

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