Watson Burton Supports Major Civil Engineering Awards

By Watson Burton LLP
December 2017

Commercial law firm Watson Burton demonstrated its support for the civil engineering sector by sponsoring the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) North East Awards 2017.

The award which was presented at CECA’s annual dinner and awards ceremony, held at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park on Friday 10 November, was awarded to Hartlepool-based Seymour Civil Engineering (Contractors) for its work on the restoration of Hartlepool Headland Town Wall in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

In line with its work within the construction sector, Watson Burton sponsored the award, which recognises a contractor who has added value to a scheme and delivered additional benefits to its stakeholders which are over and above the expectations of the original brief.
Seymour won the award - sponsored by Watson Burton - for its work on the restoration of Grade 1 Listed structure Hartlepool Town Wall, in partnership with Hartlepool Council and The Environment Agency. Seymour was deemed as ‘going the extra mile’ on the project by opening up coastal frontage, improving access for pedestrians and blending the original seawall and new setback wall, as well as receiving recognition for early contractor involvement and the community initiatives undertaken during the works.

Watson Burton delivers commercial legal services nationwide. Its core practice areas are corporate, employment, real estate, construction, professions and insurance and dispute resolution.

The firm’s construction and engineering group provides a range of specialist services including advising on procurement, project documentation, risk analysis, problem solving and dispute resolution – with particular experience in mediation and adjudication.

Seymour offers an extensive range of civil engineering and infrastructure services including environmental improvement and historic restoration services, development and infrastructure, urban renewal projects, main drainage, clean and waste water rehabilitation and ports, harbour and sea defence works.

Seymour won a total of four out of the five accolades at the ceremony, having also been awarded ‘Training Company of the Year 2017’, ‘Health and Safety Company of the Year 2017’, and ‘Project of the Year’ which was also in recognition for its work on Hartlepool Headland Town Wall in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Sarah Wilson, partner in Watson Burton’s Construction team, commented: “We are delighted to have sponsored the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award at this year’s CECA North East Awards.
“There are numerous civil engineering companies in our region which are dedicated to ensuring that facilities are great places to live and work and the high standard of the award entries is representative of this. There were many excellent projects and companies in this year’s award – and I would like to congratulate Seymour on their many successes.

“Watson Burton has extensive experience within the construction sector and we work with some of the UK's largest housebuilders, developers, contractors and funders to provide a range of specialist services and advice. It is important to recognise the high-quality work that goes on in the region and highlight the companies which are making a difference in this field.”

CECA North East represents over 70 civil engineering companies of all sizes in an area that covers over three County Councils and 12 Unitary Authorities from the Scottish borders to the Dales and eastward, and is one of eight independent regional CECA companies and part of the sole representative body for civil engineering contractors throughout the country.

Stuart Miller, director and secretary at CECA ¬North East, said: “The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade and maintain the country's infrastructure. Our member firms deliver an estimated 70%-80% of all civil engineering activity in the UK in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water – and it is important this hard work is recognised.

“Watson Burton is an extremely high-profile organisation which has a great reputation in the construction and engineering sector, and we are once again extremely grateful to the firm for sponsoring the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award. It is through this sponsorship that we are able to attract entries which highlight the high calibre infrastructure projects which are benefitting the North East region.”

Kevin Byrne, managing director of Seymour, commented: “The ‘Going the Extra Mile’ award is a category that recognises the integrity, imagination and innovation that is brought to a scheme. It was with particular pleasure that we won this award as it demonstrates Seymour’s commitment to the client and the wider community; our ethos is minimum impact, maximum effect. By considering the locality, neighbours and stakeholders present and future we can bring added value.

“The key however is committed partners and in this instance Hartlepool Borough Council proved to be well ahead of the field both in ambition and collaboration.”

Watson Burton, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and London, delivers commercial legal services nationwide.

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