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Roger Sainsbury and his North Western association presidential party, inspect the lifting Lowry bridge recently floated into position across the ship canal at Salford Quays. The bridge will connect the Lowry centre comprising two theatres, galleries and a study centre with new developments across the canal, including the proposed Imperial War Museum North. Other stops on the two-day tour included a virtual reality presentation of a £660M PFI project at Wythenshawe Hospital to build a new unit and a visit to the £100m sludge incineration works at Widnes, dealing with Mersey sludge. At the annual dinner, attended by 500 local members, the president presented the merit award for the North West's most original civil engineering scheme in 1998 to Mott McDonald and Birse Construction Ltd for a project to replace a large redundant bridge over an old river bed, with a lightweight railway embankment constructed in polystyrene blocks for client, Railtrack.

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