ENTRIES ARE invited for the Historic Bridges Awards 2001 which are organised by ICE's Panel for Historic Engineering Works.
The annual competition, which started in 1998, is held to recognise conservation work on historic bridges in England and Wales - particularly schemes and innovations enabling structures to continue to function as useful pieces of infrastructure with the minimum of intervention.
One of last year's four top award winners - Tickford Bridge at Newport Pagnell - was strengthened almost invisibly and is now able to carry unrestricted highway traffic over an iron arch cast in 1810.
Sponsors of the awards are British Waterways, CSS the County Surveyors Society, English Heritage and Railtrack, all of whom have important responsibilities in relation to ancient structures. The awards will be presented at the ICE on 15 November by President Mark Whitby.
Anyone involved in commissioning, designing or constructing a maintenance or strengthening project on an historic bridge during the past year is invited to enter the competition. The closing date is 12 April.