Success for coastal project

The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project has won the ‘Infrastructure’ category at the RICS East of England Awards 2017.

Held at Bury St Edmunds on May 10 2017, the project was also given a ‘Highly Commended’ award after receiving recognition for ‘Regeneration’.

"This project aimed to help solve the problem of what to do with the material dug out of London for the Crossrail project,” the RICS judges said.

"In looking for a better option than sending to landfill sites around the country, a partnership was formed with the RSPB to take the excavated material to Wallasea Island and undertake the largest salt marsh regeneration project in Europe.

“Pushing back against the coastal erosion of the North Sea, the site has become a haven, and bird populations have soared.”

The RICS East of England Awards saw 36 nominated regional schemes competing to pick up the accolades.

Having enjoyed success in the ‘Infrastructure ‘ category on a regional level, The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project will now compete against other regional winners in London on November 2, when the national RICS Awards Grand Final takes place.