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Historic Bridge Award 2000 winners

THE WINNERS of the Historic Bridge Awards 2000 were revealed at the ICE last Thursday.

President Joe Dwyer presented award certificates to the clients, designers and contractors of each of the projects, which by combining conservation and innovative engineering techniques, have allowed ancient bridge structures to continue functioning.

Chairman of the judges Professor Roland Paxton praised the 'very high quality' of the entries, and highlighted that one of the newest engineering materials - carbon fibre - featured in strengthening work on half of the six winning and two commended entries.

The awards, now in their third year, are sponsored by Railtrack, English Heritage, CSS, British Waterways and the ICE.


Project: Waterproofing and repairs to Force Gill aqueduct crossing the Settle & Carlisle railway at Blea Moor in North Yorkshire.

Client: Railtrack

Contractor's Engineer: WS Atkins Rail

Contractor: Costain

Project:Strengthening of Hythe Bridge in Oxford, believed to be the world's first application of prestressed carbon fibre reinforcement to a cast iron structure

Client: Oxfordshire County Council

Engineer: Mouchel Consulting

Contractor: Balvac Whitley Moran

Project: Stabilisation of Seven Arches aqueduct, Leeds. Prestressing cables were used to stabilise the structure which was leaning nearly 4degrees out of plumb

Client: Yorkshire Water Engineer: Thomason Partnership

Contractor: Morrison Construction

Prestressing subcontractor: Ancon CCL

Project: Strengthening of Tickford Bridge in Newport Pagnell

Client: Milton Keynes Council, Environment Directorate

Engineer: Maunsell

Contractor: Topbond


Project: Restoration of Ouse Valley viaduct, carrying the London to Brighton main line near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Client: Railtrack

Contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Group companies Osborne Rail and Cathedral Works

Project: Strengthening of Slattocks Canal Bridge in Rochdale

Client: Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Technical Services Department

Engineer: Mouchel Consulting

Contractor: Balvac Whitley Moran

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