A green energy plant in Worcestershire which powers a local sports centre has been crowned the region's top civil engineering project.
The Pershore Weir Hydro Station was declared overall winner at the 2015 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) West Midlands Awards last night at the ICC in Birmingham.
The station is a 236kW turbine installation on the River Avon in Pershore and was conceived in 2009 to provide electricity for Pershore Leisure Centre on the opposite bank.
Construction took place last year and the plant was commissioned in August.
It generates an estimated 848MWh of green energy per year, enough electricity to provide approximately 92 per cent of the leisure centre's needs, and effectively prevents the emission of 420 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
The development took home the sustainability award before being named overall project of the year from all the other category winners (see gallery above).
The judges said: "The winning project ticks all the boxes for sustainability and environmental enhancement.
"A simple, elegant engineering solution for renewable energy which benefits the local community and improves the river environment for the fish population. It highlights the potential for other schemes in similar locations."
ICE president David Balmforth and BBC broadcaster Stephanie McGovern presented the awards in front of 400 guests at the black-tie dinner.
The other winners were:
- Council House Square, Coventry (innovation)
- Tixall Road Combined Water and Wastewater Project (communications)
- Mott MacDonald Bentley STEM and Development, Bridging the Gap - University of Birmingham/Interserve (education - two winners selected)
- Waterstones restoration in Birmingham (heritage)
- Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 (construction)
- Birmingham Airport runway extension, i54 business park near Wolverhampton (partnership - two winners selected)
The emerging engineer award went to Jessica Marsh, an assistant project engineer at Amey in Birmingham.