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PHEW, what a contest

SEVEN BRIDGES have been shortlisted for the Historic Bridge Awards 2000 competition organised by the ICE's Panel for Historical Engineering Works.

The annual competition is held to recognise conservation work on historic bridges in England and Wales. It is primarily concerned with work which keeps bridges in use and seeks to highlight innovations which enable structures to continue to function as useful pieces of infrastructure with the minimum of intervention.

Incoming ICE President Joe Dwyer will present the Awards at the ICE on Thursday 16 November.

Shortlisted projects this year are: restoration of Force Gill Aqueduct, which crosses the Settle & Carlisle railway in North Yorkshire; strengthening of Hythe Bridge in Oxford; restoration of Ouse Valley Viaduct, carrying the London to Brighton main line; stabilisation of Seven Arches Aqueduct in the northern suburbs of Leeds; strengthening of Slattocks Canal Bridge in Rochdale; strengthening of Tickford Bridge in Newport Pagnell; and strengthening of Town Bridge in Bridgwater, Somerset.

The judging panel is led by PHEW chairman Professor Roland Paxton and includes Terry Girdler, chief engineer of the conservation team at English Heritage, former county engineer Andrew Leadbeater and NCE editor emeritus Mike Winney. Sponsors of the Awards this year are Railtrack, English Heritage, CSS, British Waterways and the ICE.

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