20 Sep 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV is celebrating two wins at the 2016 Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) East of England Merit Awards. The Wash Tide Gauge project won the Technical Excellence and Innovation category whilst the Whittlesey Washes project won the Team Achievement Award.


Patrick Woods, project lead for the Wash Tide Gauge project and Tim Burgess for the Whittlesey Washes project were there to pick the prestigious awards. Mr Woods said of The Wash Tide Gauge’s award, “I’m so happy for the team that their hard work has been recognised by the ICE with such a prestigious award. This project presented us with some really tricky challenges, some with the potential to be positively explosive!

“Throughout the project the team strove to seek out innovative and cost effective ways around the issues. It’s an honour to be highlighted amongst our peers as an example of best practice and we look forward to continuing to embrace challenging projects on behalf of our clients.”

Tim Burgess speaking on behalf of the Whittlesey Washes team added, “It’s been a great night for Royal HaskoningDHV. For the team to be recognised for their work on Whittlesey Washes is an honour and a testament to some great collaborative working not only within the internal Royal HaskoningDHV team but also between all parties involved.”

Commissioned by the Environment Agency, The Wash Tide Gauge was completed in June 2015 and now forms part of the UK’s National Tide Gauge Network. Throughout the planning and construction of the project, the team, led by Royal HaskoningDHV, had to employ some serious lateral thinking to overcome significant challenges not least of which was the proximity of the site to an RAF bombing range and its position within an area of enormous environmental importance.

The Whittlesey Washes project, also delivered for the Environment Agency, also faced some significant environmental issues given the various designations placed on the area and the resulting high priority given to supporting biodiversity. The team used extensive ground investigations and hydraulic modelling to achieve a sustainable solution that would be in keeping with the landscape and not adversely affect wildlife or bird populations.