Council teams scoop more award wins


North Somerset Council has once again been recognised for its engineering excellence after winning two prestigious awards.

The South Bristol Link and Bristol Road flood mitigation schemes were both named winners at the Institute of Highway Engineers South Western Branch awards.

The South Bristol Link was named large project of the year, recognising the work of North Somerset Council and its partners Bristol City Council and Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd in the scheme.

South Bristol Link runs between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park, reducing congestion and taking traffic away from unsuitable residential roads by providing an alternative connection between south Bristol, the A38 and the A370.

The new road was opened in January this year by Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport.

And the council’s flooding team picked up a second award when the Bristol Road flood mitigation scheme in Weston-super-Mare was named as winner of the highway partnership category, recognising the joint working between the council and Wessex Water.

During the scheme, the council and Wessex Water worked together to install 130 meters of combined kerb drainage and construct a storage tank, reducing the risk of flooding to the road and nearby properties.

“I’d like to congratulate our project teams on receiving these top regional awards” said Cllr Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways.

“This is recognition of the innovations and complexities associated with large projects and I’d like to thank the partner organisations we worked with on each of these schemes.

“It is yet again more proof of our ability to work innovatively with partners to make a difference for North Somerset residents and shows that our reputation as a can-do council is being recognised more widely.”