Llandysul Bypass scheme picks up ICE George Gibby Award

26 May 2010

The Llandysul Bypass has won the 2010 George Gibby Award for the ‘Outstanding Example of a Civil Engineering Project’ at the ICE Wales Annual Awards.

In 2009 the Llandysul Bypass on the Carmarthenshire / Ceredigion border in West Wales officially opened to traffic, seven months ahead of schedule. Capita Symonds provided design services on the £23m project which provides a vital economic link for the area.

The ICE event - Wales’s most prestigious awards ceremony for major civil engineering projects - featured a very strong field of entries including the Ffos Llas race course in Carmarthenshire, the Snowdon Visitor Centre (Hafod Eryri), the M4 widening between Junctions 29 and 32, and another Capita Symonds scheme - the M4 Junction 24 Improvement.

The 3.2km Llandysul Bypass circumvents the town which previously experienced severe traffic congestion as it lies on the main route between the regional centre of Aberystwyth to the North and South Wales. The complex project involves the creation of a straight road through two river valleys via three viaducts – two 120m and one 160m in length.

Capita Symonds' John Morgan says: “The judges particularly noted the success with which the road had been designed to blend into its rural setting and the very effective way in which engineering challenges encountered during construction were overcome by the team.”

“The project was submitted by the team responsible for its delivery, comprising Ceredigion County Council as client, BAM Nuttall as Principal Contractor and Capita Symonds as designer. In reality of course, our role has been much wider than merely ‘designer’. The ultimate success of the project is testimony to contributions, large and small, harnessing the expertise of people throughout the organisation working together effectively over many years. In addition to the pride we can take from the award itself, we have a very satisfied client and contractor partner and this can only be good for future opportunities with them.”