Two large-scale projects in Norwich have been shortlisted for an award by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
The pedestrianisation of Westlegate and the surface water drainage scheme in the north of the city are both competing for the title of Project of the Year 2018.
Westlegate in Norwich was transformed by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council’s Transport for Norwich project between January 2016 and May 2017. It saw the removal of traffic from the area, creation of a new public space and road changes that provide easier access to the multi-storey car parks at Rose Lane, Castle Mall and John Lewis.
In the north of the city, the county council was awarded Department for Transport funding for surface water drainage infrastructure improvements. Since the project began in 2015, the scheme has upgraded systems across several residential areas, helping to protect homes from flooding in the future.
Councillor Martin Wilby, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Environment Development and Transport Committee says: “It’s fantastic to see two such important projects for Norwich shortlisted for this award. The drainage scheme has resolved a flooding issue we’ve seen in recent years, providing protection and peace of mind for local residents, while Westlegate has become a vibrant, thriving new public space in the heart of the city. Both project would be a worthy winner of the Project of the Year accolade.”
Councillor Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s Vice-Chair of Norwich Highways Agency Committee, says: “Since completion of the Transport for Norwich project to pedestrianise Westlegate, it’s become a fantastic new public space that’s integral to the vibrancy of our city centre. Shop units are now fully occupied and local cafes have chairs and tables outside – a complete transformation from just a couple of years ago.
“I’m delighted the scheme has been shortlisted and hope it goes on to win the award in recognition of all partners’ efforts to deliver it to such a high standard.”
Peter Hyde, director of Tarmac's Highways Services business, said: “We’re proud of our involvement in delivering Westlegate, which was an ambitious, prestigious project in the heart of the city and something that the whole team and the local community can take a great deal of pride in. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for everyone involved and wishing all shortlisted nominees the very best of luck.”
The winner of the award will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 12 May 2018.
A Cambridgeshire and Peterborough project to repair drought damaged roads is the other transport scheme nominated in the Project of the Year category.