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Restoration competition deadline looms

ICE news

NOMINATIONS for the 2007 Historic Bridge & Infrastructure Awards need to be in by 25 May.

The awards, now in their tenth year, celebrate and encourage excellence and innovation in the conservation and restoration of transport-related structures over 30 years old.

To qualify for the awards, projects must be located in England or Wales (ICE Scotland runs its own event), and have been completed within two years of the closing date for nominations.

Winners of last year's awards included traditional civil-engineered conservation projects and two exceptionally sustainable schemes:

The 'virtual strengthening' of Fritwell railway bridge, Oxfordshire, where re-analysis increased the assessed capacity from zero to full 40t without any structural intervention

The eco-friendly railway embankment protection alongside the Fossdyke in Lincolnshire. This used a living revetment of willow faggots, brushwood, coir and pre-established pallets of mature marginal plants.

The awards are sponsored by the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works, English Heritage, British Waterways, Network Rail and the County Surveyors Society.

For details contact David Greenfield, 01823 277155 or email

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