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Wye Bridge wins South East award

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KENT COUNTY Council's refurbishment and partial replacement of Wye Bridge over the Great Stour river won this year's ICE South East Thomas Brassey Award.

Consultant Babtie and contractor Nuttall subsidiary Nuttall Hynes were commended for the £1.1M scheme which required the 17th century stone bridge to be sympathetically upgraded to withstand higher loads.

The 50m long bridge had been widened in the 19th century to accept two-way traffic, but a structural assessment in 1991 revealed that the extensions could not take traffic loads.

English Heritage's preferred solution was to replace the 1960s upstream bridge extension and refurbish stonework on the downstream side.

After demolishing the extended deck sections new piled foundations were constructed in the river. Vaulted steel sections were then erected to support a new concrete deck which also bears onto the old bridge.

The environmental award went to Kent County Council, Babtie and Jackson Civil Engineering for stage four of the south Thames development route, which involved building a road through an embankment under the North Kent railway. Sheet piles were driven through the embankment and propped, allowing soil to be excavated. The area nearby is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), so care had to be taken to ensure local wildlife was not disturbed.

The small project awards went to Kent County Council, Babtie and Ringway for improvement works to Byway EE245.

The Highways Agency, Atkins and Birse Civils received a commendation for the A259 Ferry Hill project.

ICE president Douglas Oakervee presented David Neal the Warren medal for outstanding service to the region at the awards ceremony held in Leeds Castle earlier this month.

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