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ICE Peoples Choice 2021

Horn Bridge, one of 6 bridges installed as part of the Regency Restoration (Photo credit: Tim Jones) Horn Bridge, one of 6 bridges installed as part of the Regency Restoration (Photo credit: Tim Jones)

National Botanic Garden Regency Restoration: Winner of ICE People's Choice 2021

WM Longreach played a key role within the project team as pincipal contractor on The National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration which won the 2021 Insitution of Civl Engineers (ICE) People's Choice Award. This award recognises civil engineering projects across the globe that have made a positive impact on their local communities.

The success of the National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration project involved a significant number of volunteers, schools and community groups across Carmarthenshire, promoting local procurement from the outset, engaging with consultant ecologists, designers, and engineers during construction. This was a key commitment to sustainability and the desire to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration, which took five years to complete at a cost of more than £7 million, is the largest of its kind undertaken in Wales and included several lakes, bridges, dams, cascades, a waterfall and an extensive network of paths, all set in 300 acres of heritage parkland, rich in flora and fauna.

Ed McCann, 157th ICE President, said: “This is a great achievement for all involved at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. It is a wonderful example of sensitive and intelligent design. The project shows respect for the environment and the interests of the local community and both creates and restores spaces that enable and support human and ecological wellbeing.

McCann added: “This year’s shortlisted projects all show a clear focus on sustainability and innovation, which is critical as we face up to the challenges of the 21st Century.”

Director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Huw Francis said: “We are extremely honoured that the Regency Restoration project won the ICE People’s Choice Award. It recognises the culmination of hard endeavour and highlights the fact that active lifestyles are becoming more popular within local communities. Providing green, well-designed places - such as our garden - are vital for people’s well-being and good mental health.”

The team behind this winning project included Shropshire based principal contractor, WM Longreach, key design and project management from Mann Williams, Nicholas Pearson Partnership LLP, Caroe and Partners Architects and HR Wallingford acting as Reservoir Engineer.

Damian McGettrick, Director, WM Longreach said: “We are exceptionally proud to be part of the passionate and dedicated project team that delivered the Regency Restoration and thrilled that all our efforts have been recognised internationally by the public in this way.”