Newcastle's Memorial Walk wins Australian Engineering Excellence Award

THE Newcastle Memorial Walk has won the top prize at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards’ local event. The walk, engineered by Northrop Consulting Engineers and opened in 2015, was praised by the judges at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) for its innovation, community engagement and historical mindfulness. 

HIGH PRAISE: The Newcastle Memorial Walk impressed the judges, who found its design meant it would withstand the tough coastal environment. Picture: Simone De Peak

HIGH PRAISE: The Newcastle Memorial Walk impressed the judges, who found its design meant it would withstand the tough coastal environment. Picture: Simone De Peak

“The Newcastle Memorial Walk project is an excellent example of the application of engineering innovation to help realise the dream of a lasting memorial to our local World War I Diggers, which blends with the surrounding environment and engages the local community,” Engineers Australia Newcastle’s Helen Link said.

The walk won the GHD Award for overall winner, at Friday night’s presentation.

Northrop Consulting Engineers will now represent Newcastle at the national Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, in Brisbane in November.

All Newcastle Excellence Award winners are eligible to enter the national Australian Engineering Excellence Awards on November 23 in Brisbane, during the Australian Engineering Conference.

Also at Friday night’s award ceremony at Newcastle Conservatorium, the AEEA Newcastle Regional Award went to the Chaffey Dam augmentation and safety upgrade by WaterNSW and John Holland.

Excellence Awards went to VAMCO: A highly effective solution for abatement of ventilation air methane emissions from coalmining by Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources with University of Newcastle, Glencore, Veolia, Coal 21 (Acalet) and Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Newcastle Memorial Walk by Northrop Consulting Engineers; Upgrading the Pacific Highway – Tintenbar to Ewingsdale by Roads and Maritime Services, NSW with Lend Lease Building Contractors, Arcadis and Aurecon Australasia.

CONSTRUCTION: The walk was built using a total of 64 tonnes of stainless steel.

CONSTRUCTION: The walk was built using a total of 64 tonnes of stainless steel.

High Commendation honours were received by Dry-Break Diesel Refuelling System with Tank Overfill Protection by Banlaw and H3RO – Harsh Environment Reticulated Optics by Ampcontrol.

The Young Professional Engineer of the Year went to Mark Sturgess MIEAust CPEng NER and the Professional Engineer of the Year was Misbah Khan MIEAust CPEng.

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