Project Riverside has won the Chairman’s award for Urban Regeneration award at this years’ ICE Wales Cymru Awards.
Working alongside Alun Griffiths, Mott MacDonald and Capita, Tony Gee was the lead designer of the award winning team that helped develop and regenerate the local communities of Merthyr Vale and Aberfan.
The project entailed designing an improved single carriageway on a raised flood embankment to protect developments along the valley floor, with road and footbridges enabling access for both housing and educational gain.
Additional community benefits were provided to the neighbouring boroughs which included the refurbishment of a Church Hall, the launch of a Christmas Fayre and a new memorial to the Merthyr Vale Colliery to bring closure to the communities after the tragedy at Aberfan 50 years ago.
Through collaborative effort and significant design changes, construction work was able to take place during the fish spawning embargo period allowing the works to be completed three months ahead of schedule.
At the awards ceremony the judges stated that they ‘were impressed with the vision of the scheme to support redevelopment of an old mining community. The scheme opens up a considerable area for redevelopment and there is already interest expressed by housing developers.’
More information about Project Riverside can be found on it’s project page.