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The Lockmeadow Footbridge in Maidstone this week claimed the ICE South Eastern Association Merit Award for innovation in design and construction. Designed by consultant Flint & Neill Partnership in association with architect Wilkinson Eyre, the slender two-span cable stayed aluminium footbridge crosses the River Medway opposite the Grade I listed Archbishop's Palace. The design comprises a multicellular deck made from identical extruded aluminium sections prestressed transversely to form a laminated deck. This is supported by stays from twin inclined skeletal steel masts. Balustrades have carbon fibre posts and stainless steel wedge wire panels. Winner of the major projects category of the awards was the WS Atkins designed M20 carriageway renewal between junctions 3 and 5.

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