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Suttle Projects Announced as Finalists in British Construction Awards



Suttle Projects has been selected as one of five finalists within the prestigious national British Construction Industry Awards. The joint BCI Awards entry, between Suttle Projects and contractor Osborne, was for the “Creation of the World’s First Underwater Scour Protection Excavator, The Mermaid,” and has been shortlisted in the Product Design Innovation Award – Civil Engineering category.

Earlier this year, the Mermaid sparked media headlines across the trade press as a world first. Collaboration between Osborne and Suttle Projects provided a world-first scour protection solution. Together they used a bespoke underwater remote control excavator nicknamed ‘The Mermaid’ for the first time commercially at the River Colne, near Staines in Surrey.

Saving time, money and revolutionising the way they work, the Mermaid took Suttle Projects 18 months to build in-house by converting a conventional mini excavator – the cabin and engine were removed and remote controls were added so that the lower machine could be used in low headroom spaces and underwater, ideal for river bed work under low bridges.

Suttle Projects’ director, Joe Paine, said “we are absolutely delighted to be finalists within the BCI Awards. They’re seen as the ‘Oscars’ for the construction industry, so for our growing local company to be shortlisted alongside huge multi-national organisations is a real accolade.”

The 28th annual British Construction Industry Awards take place on 14th October 2015. The awards are the ultimate celebration of the construction industry’s achievements.

In addition, Suttle Projects have just won the Excellence In Innovation category within Osborne’s The Chairman’s Awards. Osborne is one of the leading construction businesses in the UK and presented the award to Suttle Projects for the creation of its innovative Mermaid equipment.


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