20 June 2017

Dawnus’ innovative Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme has won the prestigious ICE George Gibby Award for projects over £3m, at the annual ICE Wales Cymru Awards.

The challenging £4m project involved design and construction of a new hydroelectric scheme at the Radyr Weir on the River Taff in Cardiff, including the installation of two Archimedes screw turbines within the river bank area. This project has delivered a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits, including 1.6 GWh of energy per annum delivered to the grid, enough to power 550 homes.

The event was hosted by ICE Wales Cymru Chairman, Stephen Lawrence at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff, celebrating outstanding engineering achievement across the country for projects and individuals within the industry.

The George Gibby award for projects over £3m is part of the ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards which recognises excellence in concept, planning, design, contract management and construction. The awards were presented by ICE President Professor Tim Broyd.

Radyr Weir was described by the judges’ panel as an “innovative project which delivered a wide range of conceptual benefits including a reliable supply of renewable energy reducing emissions and generating income, ecological improvements, regeneration of a community space along with much community engagement and educational opportunities.”.

Judges highlighted that, due to external issues “the project became subject to serious programme constraints and required substantial acceleration measures to achieve generation before the application of Government changes to the Feed-in-Tariff”. The new schedule was realised through innovative permanent and temporary design solutions and three months of 24/7 working.

The award was made to the whole project team - Cardiff County Council (Client), Key Contractor (Dawnus), Key Design Organisation (Burroughs), Engineer (Faithful & Gould), Design Consultant (Renewables First) and Turbine Supplier (Spaans Babcock).