Coast protection is a winner

Contributed by editor on Nov 16, 2004 - 08:55 PM

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Shepway Council has won a major national award for outstanding achievement for the way it carried out the Hythe to Folkestone Harbour Coast Protection Scheme.
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It scooped the Outstanding Achievement in Procurement award after beating off other short-listed district council rivals in the national competition

"What it means is that the way we selected contractors for the scheme, worked in partnership with them and delivered a successful £13m project o­n time and within the budget has been nationally recognised as outstanding,â€? said Rob Beck, the council’s project officer.

He said the council’s 14-page submission for the awards had highlighted the work the council had done to make the project a success - from the early days when council engineers drew up detailed designs through to keeping local people informed scheme’s progress.

“At the heart of our success was the way we selected and worked in partnership with Van Oord, the specialist marine contractor who carried out the work.  We had a partnering charter, worked alongside each other at the site offices o­n the seafront and even drew up the awards submission together,â€? said Rob.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for the Environment, who was presented with the award o­n Friday (12 November), said it was a fantastic boost to the council.

“This is good news and a tribute to the hard work of the team responsible for the coast protection scheme.�

The awards scheme was organised by the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO).