Medmerry’s innovative flood defence project has won the Prime Minister’s prestigious award for excellence in construction.
The new sea wall won the Better Public Building Award after holding firm during last year’s floods and being described as a gold standard of flood defence in the UK.
Four miles of new sea walls opened in November 2013 to reduce flood risk for hundreds of local properties.
The £28 million project created a new wetland for local wildlife with 183 hectares of intertidal habitat.
Much of the site is now managed by the RSPB as a nature reserve.
This new form of defence has helped to save £300,000 taxpayers’ money each year, the cost of repairing the shingle bank.
It also supports local economic growth by allowing businesses to operate year round.
The scheme beat 26 other projects - including Haymarket Station Redevelopment by Network Rail and British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre - to win the title.
The award was presented at the British Construction Industry Awards ceremony in Park Lane, London.
It recognises projects that are completed on time, on budget and bring real change to the community.