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Awards widen historic remit


HERITAGE PROJECTS are to be more widely celebrated following the ICE's decision to open up its annual Historic Bridge Awards to all transport projects.

The annual competition, which recognises the sympathetic restoration and refurbishment of historic structures, will from 2002 be known as the Historic Bridge and Infrastructure Awards.

Within the wider scope of the awards, entries will now be invited in two categories:

'Bridges and aqueducts, ' and 'Other civil engineering structures pertaining to transport'.

The latter would include tunnels, retaining walls, locks, wharves and large station roofs.

The awards, judged on factors such as recognition and appreciation of the original design concept, and conservation of the original fabric and structural form, are made to both the commissioning authority and other parties involved in the projects.

The four winners of the 2001 Historic Bridge awards included County Durham's Winston Bridge, where detailed structural analysis revealed that the bridge could carry much heavier loads than previously thought, meaning that no physical intervention needed to take place.

Sponsored by the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works, English Heritage, Railtrack, British Waterways and the County Surveyors' Society, the 2002 awards will culminate in an awards ceremony at the ICE in November.

To qualify for the awards, structures must be sited in England or Wales (ICE Scotland runs its own event) and be over 30 years old.

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