A new Cumbrian bridge has won a prestigious regional award for its innovative engineering and design.
Currock Bridge in Carlisle was awarded Best Community Project at the Institute of Civil Engineering North West Awards at a gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool last Friday evening. The annual ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering.
The bridge was installed in July 2016, with the project funded and managed by Cumbria County Council, designed by Mott MacDonald and delivered by Story Contracting. Several other local firms were involved in the design, transport and implementation of the bridge. Engineers from the council, Mott MacDonald and Story Contracting were all present to receive the award.
The new pedestrian bridge and cycle way connects Currock and Denton Holme across the Cumbrian Coast Rail Line between Lund Crescent and Bousteads Grassing.
The bridge connects the existing footpath on the Denton Holme side via a ramped walkway, providing full access to pedestrians, cyclists and disabled wheelchair users. The bridge also provides a continuous cycle link from Currock along the River Caldew north to Carlisle City Centre and south to Dalston.
Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said:
“The new bridge looks fantastic and offers full access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users. I am absolutely delighted that the project has received recognition and I applaud the team of engineers and skilled workers who made it possible. Residents and councillors have been campaigning for this improvement for many years, so this is a real triumph for the local community. I’m absolutely delighted we now have a bridge that’s fit for purpose – since opening the bridge has made it much easier for people to get around and travel to work and school.
“I am particularly pleased that the main contractor, Story Contracting, was able to use so many of our excellent local businesses who have all contributed to this exciting scheme. The new bridge will be a testimony to their skill and dedication for many years to come, and this award reflects that.”
A time lapse video of the bridge’s journey from design to installation is available to view here.