BRITAIN'S BEST civil engineering structure of the century is Cumbria's Greta Bridge, according to members of the Concrete Society.
The structure, designed purely by engineers with no architectural input, is renowned for its aesthetic qualities which ensure it blends well with the surrounding Lake District countryside.
The bridge's success was announced at the Concrete Society's 'Best of the Century' presentation at its Millennium Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. Consulting engineer Scott Wilson designed the 220m long, four-span structure which features a deck of varying depth and chamfered piers to blend in with the asymmetrical valley it crosses. The bridge was one of the first structures to be designed using finite element analysis.
The Best Building of the Century category was won by the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral, designed by architect Sir Basil Spence and consecrated in 1962.
Built next to its predecessor which was bombed during the Second World War, the cathedral's vaulted canopy above the nave is constructed from reinforced concrete cross beams supported on two rows of slender concrete columns.