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Hereford bridge wins West Midlands regional awards

ICE news

HEREFORD'S QUEEN Victoria footbridge came close to sweeping the board at the ICE West Midlands' annual awards ceremony at Birmingham's Millennium Point centre last week.

Presented by ICE president Quentin Leiper and local journalist and broadcaster Adrian Goldberg, the awards recognise the best of civil engineering in the West Midlands.

The 56m long, three-span Queen Victoria footbridge was built in 1898 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Today it is a cycle and foot link to Hereford over the river Wye. It won a total of three prizes - the Heritage Award, the Project Award, and a special award. Judges said the project 'oozed quality'.

rk undertaken for Herefordshire County Council by Interserve Project Services and Owen Williams/Amey included steelwork repairs and strengthening and replacing the footway with timber sourced to match the original. A number of original decorative features were also restored.

Leiper also presented two 'Spirit of Telford' awards. The first went to Birmingham City Council's Neil Dancer, for his work on the new-look National Indoor Arena, Centenary Square and Victoria Square, Bullring and International Convention Centre.

he second went to Warwickshire County Council's Chris Nason for his work as a reviewer and his contribution to the Coventry and Warwickshire branches of ICE West Midlands.

A special award went to Roger Cragg who, according to ICE West Midlands chair Ed Gardiner, has been 'central to the [Telford 250] events'.

Cragg is also a noted after-dinner speaker, spreading the civil engineering gospel to more than 4,000 people.

Other big winners were the Diglis Basin swing bridges, which won the sustainability award. The swing bridges were built for British Waterways West Midlands, designed by Arup and built by Morrison Construction, with T Nielsen & Company subcontractor.

The construction award went to the Rugeley Eastern Bypass Contract Two, for two railway underbridges. Tony Gee & Partners was designer, Birse Rail the contractor with Mammoet UK and Gifford for Staffordshire County Council. Judges said the scheme 'makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand-up'.

The partnership award went to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Coleman & Co Demolition Partnership for the spectacular demolition of structures in and around Sandwell.

The winners

Project Award: Victoria Footbridge, Hereford Construction Award: Rugeley Eastern Bypass Highly Commended: Tame Bridge Structures and Earthworks Sustainability Award: Diglis Basin, Worcester Heritage Award: Victoria Footbridge, Hereford Highly Commended: Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick Partnership Award: Sandwell MBC and Coleman & Co demolition partnership Special Award : Roger Cragg Spirit of Telford Awards: Neil Dancer and Chris Nason Technicians Awards 2007 Mark Waterhouse, Philip Jones, Leigh Davis, Michael Bullivant, Phillip Jones, Adam Bryce Regional Papers winner: Karan Kapoor

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