Bay waterfront project achieves industry award

October 23, 2018

The second phase of Colwyn Bay's Waterfront project has been successful in achieving an award from the Institute of Civil Engineers.

The project has been awarded the Sustainability Strategy & Performance Award with a final rating of Excellent. CEEQUAL is the sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects. This looks at the whole scheme performance from the initial concept design right through to the completed construction.

The award is for the work which took place 2016-17 between the site of the old Pier and the Cayley Embankment. The work was a continuation of the Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project, which has seen vital improvements to the coastal defences combined with environmental improvements to contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the town.

The project team identified an innovative approach to dealing with old tarmac present on site, by hydraulically binding the material and using it as in-fill. This meant none of the tarmac waste needed to be removed, saving an estimated 34,500 wagon miles. Locally sourced gravels were also used within the exposed aggregate concrete which was used along the entire length of the scheme, again saving on the need for transport of materials

The refurbished promenade boasts of upgraded street lighting, renovated public toilets, new seating areas and improved access to the permanent beach. New feature postcard paving has also been installed which acknowledges some significant and interesting elements of the town’s past, along with distance markers at 50m intervals to encourage exercise along the waterfront.