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Broadened historic buildings award sets new standard

ICE news

JUDGING OF the 2002 ICE Historic Bridge & Infrastructure Awards (HBIA) ended last week with a visit to Quay Pit Bridge strengthening at Tewksbury, Gloucestershire.

The scope of these awards, now in their fifth year, has been considerably widened for 2002 to include work on any historic example of civil engineering infrastructure as well as for strengthening and conservation of bridges more than 30 years old.

Consequently the 2002 awards have attracted a variety of novel projects as well as many excellent examples of bridge conservation.

The shortlist includes a canal tunnel rescued from dereliction, a ship lift refurbishment and the reconstruction of an inclined plane cableway typical of those once widely used to bring slate down from mountainside quarries.

Results of the HBIA 2002 competition will be revealed at the ICE on 21 November when 2002/03 president Professor Adrian Long will present the awards and commendations.

Twelve bridge and infrastructure conservation, repair and restoration projects were shortlisted for this year's awards, reflecting the very high standard of work submitted. They are:

Anderton Boat Lift restoration, Northwich, Cheshire

Breamore Great Bridge restoration, Breamore, Hants

Buttington Bridge refurbishment, Welshpool, Powys;

Caergwrle Packhorse Bridge rebuilding, Caergwrle, Flintshire

A6 Cavendish Bridge refurbishment, Shardlow, South Derby

Kingston Bridge widening & strengthening, Kingston upon Thames

Quay Pit Bridge strengthening, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire

Standedge Tunnel restoration, North Yorkshire

Tamar Bridge widening and strengthening, Plymouth/ Cornwall

Taylors (Grand Junction) Aqueduct refurbishment, Sandwell, West Midlands

V2 Vivian Incline restoration, Llanberis, Gwynedd

Windsor Town Bridge strengthening, Windsor, Berkshire

The judging team is led by Panel for Historic Engineering Works chair professor Roland Paxton and includes English Heritage conservation team chief engineer Terry Girdler, former county engineer Andrew Leadbeater, and NCE editor emeritus Mike Winney.

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