Double win for Hertfordshire bridge in East of England Merit awards

A new bridge at Apsley Hertfordshire wins the highest award at the East of England Merit Awards.   And project team member Greg Wall's submission for the region’s Photograph Competition bags first prize.

The award-winning bridge captured in the award winning photo.
The award-winning bridge captured in the award winning photo.

The bridge which spans the West Coast Mainline at Featherbed Lane, serves the Manor Estate.

The existing estate was served by a narrower road bridge which was unsuited  for the traffic it carried.  Bovis Homes asked Osborne and design partner Mott MacDonald to come up with a replacement.

The new bridge was constructed off-site and lifted into place overnight by a specialist crane. The winning photograph was taken during a daylight test lift.

The ICE East of England Merit Awards are an annual opportunity to mark excellence in civil engineering.

Projects within the region that have been completed in the previous year are entered and visited by a panel of judges.

Projects can be entered in any of four categories – physical achievement, technical excellence, sustainability and team achievement.  Awards available are Highly Commended, Merit or the highest award of Exceptional Merit.

This year five projects were entered and the Apsley bridge is the only project to win an Exceptional Merit Award.

The winners were announced at Girton College, Cambridge on Wednesday 27 June.

The other projects to receive awards are:

Walton Counter Wall

A flood protection embankment wall at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.

  • Category: Physical Achievement
  • Award: Highly Commended

London Gateway Port Berth 3, Essex

400m berth to extend the capacity for handling containers.

  • Categories: Physical Achievement
  • Award: Merit
  • Categories: Technical Excellence
  • Award: Merit
  • Categories: Sustainability
  • Award: Merit
  • Categories: Team Achievement
  • Award: Highly Commended

Werrington Brook Improvement Project, Peterborough

5 year project to protect a catchment of the River Welland.

  • Category: Physical Achievement
  • Award: Merit

Bury St Edmunds Eatern Relief Road, Suffolk

2.5km road that has connected the eatern industrial area with the A14.

  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • Award: Merit

CB1 – Station Square, Cambridge

A transport interchange hub at the new business district in Cambridge.

  • Categories: Team Achievement
  • Award: Merit

Find out more about the winning projects

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