Civil engineers power to glory at industry awards

Smiles all round for Pridewater Estates’ marinas manager Ben Lane and Greenford managing director Claire Greenwood with the awards

STAFF at civil engineering firm Greenford are celebrating after scooping two prestigious awards for their work on building a hydropower station.

The Wheatley-based company took home two trophies in the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards for its work on the project at Sonning in Buckinghamshire  for canal marina operators Pridewater Estates.

Greenford won the Sustainability and Resilience category and scooped the Thames Valley Award for Engineering Excellence in a ceremony at the Grand Brighton last month.

Greenford managing director Claire Greenwood said: “We were thrilled and honoured to walk away with two prestigious awards.

“The Sonning hydropower scheme was an excellent design and build project, incorporating all of the sensitive aspects in terms of the environment, watercourse and location as well as the engineering achievement in delivering the scheme, all while meeting the all-important client objective of producing clean energy.”

Greenford ensured the client’s goals of a green energy solution were not only realised in the end result but also throughout the project delivery including practices such as the reusing and recycling of materials.

Suzanne Moroney, director of ICE South East England, said all 14 of the shortlisted schemes were ‘exemplars of great infrastructure projects’.

She added: “The hydropower station has used a number of innovative techniques to achieve its clean energy objective. It puts South East England on the map for green energy initiatives.”

Greenford’s completion of the Sonning hydropower station has meant that Pridewater Estates has the means to achieve its goal of producing enough electricity to equal and exceed the combined annual energy usage of their four canal marina locations across England.

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