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Old bridges are as good as new

Judges made three awards, three commendations in this year’s Historic Bridges & Infrastructure Awards, which celebrate best practice and innovation in restoration projects.

AWARD | Bideford Long Bridge. Devon

The 24 arches of the medieval bridge at Bideford were widened each side in 1925 with reinforced concrete cantilever footways which, 85 years later, were suffering the chloride attack. One of the largest impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems in the country was installed in the bridge, with minimal interference to traffic.

Judges’ comments A well-prepared, well-executed and economical project, successfully completed at an environmentally challenging site.

Client Devon County Council
Contractor Concrete Repairs


AWARD | Spa Footbridge, Scarborough

The four spans of cast-iron arched girders on the 27m high bridge built in 1826 were widened in 1880 by timber cantilevers. By 2008 the bridge deck timbers had to be replaced and the brige was fully repaired and refurbished. Cast-iron ribs and parapets were repaired using traditional techniques.

Judges’ comments High quality workmanship and attention to detail have restored and enhanced this elegant and historic element of Scarborough’s sea-front.

Client North Yorkshire County Council
Designer Jacobs
Main Contractor Wilf Noble Construction


AWARD | Stanley Dock Bascule Bridge, Liverpool

This 1932-built bascule bridge has been extensively refurbished after closing in 2007. Work involved replacing corroded steel components and repairing the engine room.

Judges’ comments This historically significant landmark structure is now once again an important component in the local transport network.

Team Norfolk County Council (in-house design team ), East Coast Castings, Wensum Engineering, Ripblast Site Services

Client Peel Land & Property Ltd
Designer Mouchel
Main Contractor Manchester & Cheshire Construction

Wilford Suspension Bridge, Nottingham

This 1906-built bridge had fallen into disrepair over the last 100 years. There was concern about cable corrosion. Extensive repairs and strengthening was done.

Judges’ comments Complex technical, environmental and logistical problems were resolved, resulting in the successful refurbishment of a high-profile, heavily used landmark structure.

Client Severn Trent Water
Project Manager Pick Everard
Designer Inertia Consulting
Main Contractor North Midlands Construction
Specialist Sub-contractor: Stonbury

COMMENDATION | Vale Royal Locks, Northwich

The “bullnose” end of one of three adjoining locks in theriver Weaver collapsed in 2004 as a result of the foundations being undercut. A new piled reinforced concrete foundation was constructed within a cofferdam, and salvaged stonework was rebuilt. The lock was refurbished, and an energy dissipation structure constructed to prevent further scour.

Judges’ comments An impressive rebuilding project, skilfully undertaken with heritage issues in mind

Client British Waterways
Designer Arup
Main contractor Morrison Construction

SPECIAL MENTION | British Waterways

The judges also decided to give a Special Mention to Waterways in recognition of the successful completion of an extensive and varied programme of which have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to maintaining and enhancing engineering heritage.


Hellesdon Bridge,

Droitwich Barge Canal Lock

Barnes Railway Bridge

Borwick Bridge,

Stone House Bridge, West Yorkshire

Bridge 49, South Stratford, Warwickshire


British Waterways, English Heritage, Network Rail

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