The inauguration of the Tees Barrage and International Whitewater Course by the Duke of Edinburgh saw the culmination of five years works by a multi-disciplinary team of civil engineers and designers, including landscape architects. The Barrage, designed to retain a constant water level and provide vehicular access from the A66 and A19, was a catalyst for the regeneration of Teesdale, 100 ha of derelict land along the river Tees close to Stockton town centre.
The project included the masterplanning and detailed landscape design of the entire site, which contains the barrage itself, a navigation lock, fish pass, the international whitewater course and warm up lake, caravan and camping site and new woodland structure planting.
The scheme was built on time and within budget as a design build project by Tarmac Construction.
Winner: High Commendation and the Secretary of State’s Special Commendation for Environmental Excellence British Construction Industry Awards;
Certificate of Excellence in the 1996 Concrete Society Awards