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People’s Choice Award – Vote for Jackfield!

People’s Choice Award – Vote for Jackfield!

Local residents are being urged to vote for the Jackfield Stabilisation Project to help it win the national People’s Choice Award run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The project won the West Midlands awards earlier in the year and is now going forward to try and scoop the prestigious national award, which is decided by a public vote.

Members of the public can vote at https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering/peoples-choice-award-2017 from 13 November until 1 December and the winning project will be revealed on 13 December. All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle and a 6-month Kindle Unlimited Membership. The public can follow award updates on social media using #ICEPeopleschoice.

Councillor Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet lead for the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, said: “We were absolutely delighted that this major project to stabilise the south bank of the River Severn in Jackfield won the ICE West Midlands award and I hope that everyone will vote for it in the national award during the next couple of weeks.”

The Jackfield Stabilisation Project is one of 12 schemes from across the UK which have been nominated for the People’s Choice Award 2017. This prestigious industry award is the prize of prizes for civil engineering projects. Civil engineers design and maintain our transport, water, energy and vital sewage and waste systems ensuring they function properly and keep us all safe. This award celebrates 12 important projects which have been delivered by civil engineers during 2016 – one from each region in the UK.

Engineers from Telford & Wrekin Council, Jacobs, and McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd who delivered the project, are proud to have been shortlisted for this national award.

Molly McKenzie, ICE East Midlands and West Midlands Regional Director, said: “Good civil engineering projects greatly benefit people’s everyday lives, shaping the world and safeguarding our future. The Jackfield stabilisation project improves lives for Jackfield residents and deserves to be recognised as one of the best examples of civil engineering in the country. I encourage members of the community to show their appreciation and cast their vote for the project to win.”

Holding back a hillside against the forces of nature Jackfield is located one kilometre downstream of Ironbridge on the south side of the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire and is part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

It is also the site of a historic landslip which has seriously affected residents, industry, rail and road transport since the early 1700s.

Engineers undertook this technically demanding and complex project to stabilise a 350-metre length of moving hillside which could cause a landslip into the river, causing a blockage and upstream flooding. The project has averted this possible disaster allowing the construction of a new road and restoring full access to the area.

The project is a fantastic example of how engineers can improve lives and find solutions, keep our communities safe and preserve them for years to come.

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