Praise for Hartlepool engineering team for work in town and at Whitley Bay, Redcar, the A19 and across the North East

Praise has been given to the work of the council engineering team, for its work both in the town and across the North East, and the income it generates.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 03 July, 2019, 11:45
Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works was among the winners at the Robert Stephenson Awards, organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Hartlepool Borough Council engineering team recently won four top accolades at a regional construction awards ceremony for its work on the Headland Coastal Defences Project.

However council bosses also pointed to the work of the engineering, design and management team does in other areas across the North East, which they said provides income to Hartlepool.

In financial year 2018/19 the team generated over £500,000 of income from both internal and external sources.

External projects delivered include the design for the Redcar Fire Station, the Skinningrove Coast Protection Works and the Whitley Bay Central Promenade.

Meanwhile winning the Value Award at the Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards 2019 with the Headland Coastal Defences project meant the team retained the prize, having won it for the Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living in 2018.

Current work being carried out by the team includes the design of the A19, Grade Separated Junction, Elwick Bypass and Hartlepool Western Link.

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Denise McGuckin, director of regeneration and neighbourhoods on the council, praised the work of the engineering and design team at the latest neighbourhood services committee.

She said: “We want to bring to attention the excellent work not only they provide in Hartlepool, but that they provide in other authorities across the region, which is benefiting Hartlepool Borough Council and therefore the residents of Hartlepool with the income generation.

“The team are doing some sterling work, especially when we are going through the difficulties we are financially.”

The Hartlepool team won Institution of Civil Engineer Project of the Year 2019 for the Whitley Bay promenade project, which councillors said was a prime example of the team’s work.

Coun Marjorie James said: “The big drive to go private sector organisations, Whitley Bay did that, it fell to pieces, it cost them an arm and a leg.

“They wouldn’t have been able to complete the scheme, they wouldn’t have had the wonderful outcome they had from it if Hartlepool Borough Council engineering team did not step forward, and they did, and still delivered an excellent scheme.”