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Infinity bridge scoops Structural Awards

Expedition Engineering’s Infinity Footbridge design received the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at this year’s Institution of Structual Engineers Structural Awards, held on Friday.

In addition to the Supreme Award, the Infinity Footbridge in Stcokton-on-Tees also won the award for Pedestrian Bridges.

 The Infinity Footbridge is formed of two steel arches that flow into one another, so that they span 60m from the south bank to the central pier and a further 120m to the north bank of the river.

The judges said the project was “a bold and daring design which demonstrates what can be done with artistic flair, technical excellence, complex analysis and excellent engineering teamwork. This bridge will be one of those iconic designs to be talked about for years.”

Over 300 guests attended the Structural Awards 2009, which took place on Friday 9 October in the stunning setting of The Natural History Museum in London. Organised annually by Institution of Structural Engineers, the awards aim to recognise excellence in structural design and showcase projects that lead the industry’s development.

Reflecting the truly international scope of the event, projects from across Europe, North America, Canada, Africa and Asia received awards in twelve different categories including: Richmond Olympic Oval Roof in Canada, Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Centre, South Africa and Te Puni Village, New Zealand alongside some of the UK’s biggest projects this year including The Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum and the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in London.

President of the Institution Graham Owens remarked: “The high standard of entries gave the judges a tough task in arriving at the shortlist. The awards’ mix of categories ensures that excellence in structural engineering will get the recognition it deserves, regardless of the scale or cost.”

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