The Keadby to Amcotts bank stabilisation scheme, on the left bank of the tidal River Trent, was a swift and highly successful response to an imminent risk of flooding identified in January 2005.
Although the site is very rural, the embankment is critical to the protection of more than 240 square kilometres of low-lying land, occupied by over 10,500 homes and commercial properties.
The problem was rapidly assessed and a simple solution devised. The team worked together particularly hard to eliminate, mitigate and manage risks, putting contingency measures put into place.
The construction of the scheme required extreme sensitivity to the environment since it lies within the Humber Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The key factor to success was the teamworking between the client, designer and contractor. This allowed the scheme to be developed, approved, designed and constructed within 25 months, several months ahead of schedule, as well as £700,000 under budget.
The judges said: 'Good team work on a much needed environmental project'.