Controversial £21m Postwick Hub on edge of Norwich scoops engineering award

The Postwick Hub has scooped an engineering award. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The Postwick Hub has scooped an engineering award. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

It's had plenty of critics and part of it had to be tweaked because of the queues which were building up, but the controversy surrounding the Poswtick Hub has not stopped it being recognised at an awards ceremony.

The £21m junction, from the A47 to the east of Norwich, was one of six Norfolk civil engineering projects honoured in the Institution of Civil Engineers East of England 2016 Merit awards.

Judging panels bestowed awards of highly commended, merit or exceptional merit. The Postwick Hub, which will serve as the gateway to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road and which Norfolk County Council says will help create jobs and investment, was given a merit award.

Critics have said the junction is overdesigned and council bosses recently had to change part of the design to add in a new left turn at one of the roundabouts because it was causing long queues.

Other winners were the £8m Cromer Coast Protection Scheme, work on Ten Mile Bank near Downham Market, The Wash Tide Gauge, the A12 to A143 link road and sea defence improvements at Happisburgh to Winterton.

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