20 Jun 2016


The multi-award winning Littlehaven project has added to its tally by winning the Health and Safety Medal in the Institute of Civil Engineers 2016 publishing awards. The Littlehaven project has now won 10 regional and national awards and been shortlisted an impressive 20 times.

The project involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch of coastline in South Shields, UK. Features included the installation of bespoke public art works, landscaping, seating and state-of-the-art lighting.

This latest award, for a peer reviewed paper in the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Maritime Engineering, acknowledges the best work published in the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Journals throughout the year with the Health and Safety medal awarded to one paper across all 33 titles.

Project manager and lead author of the paper, Nick Cooper, of Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “We are very proud to have another award for the Littlehaven project. For our health and safety strategy to be recognised as an example of best practice is an honour. The award is testament to the co-operative spirit between all parties involved, enabling key risks to be highlighted proactively and addressed early and key decisions implemented quickly.”

The scheme, initiated in 2009, officially opened in early 2014. The project team consisted of contractors Galliford Try and landscape architects Oobe, working alongside the client, South Tyneside Council and Royal HaskoningDHV’s consultants.

The Littlehaven scheme had previously won:

•    Landscape Institute’s Award for ‘Medium Scale Project of the Year’ and the overall ‘Fellow’s Award for Climate Change Adaptation’ - 2015

•    Living North Award for ‘Best Regeneration or Restoration Scheme’ - 2015
•    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Award for ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ - 2014
•    ICE Robert Stephenson Award for ‘Project of the Year over £4m’ - 2014
•    Constructing Excellence North East Awards for ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ and overall ‘Project of the Year’ for the North East - 2015
•    Brownfield Briefing Awards for ‘Best Urban Regeneration Project’ - 2015

•    Northern Design Awards for ‘Best Commercial Landscape Design’ - 2015

The project was also shortlisted for the UK Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award at this year’s British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards.