Pedestrians and cyclists are benefitting from a new safer route across the busy A3095 dual carriageway in Bracknell. Mill Lane footbridge, an important infrastructure link, used by school children as a route to school won a regional engineering award for Ringway.
The £1.5million scheme won the Small Project Award (under £5million) at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Engineering Excellence Awards 2009, at the ICE Thames Valley Summer Ball in Egham after being shortlisted with five other projects.
The new 32.5m central parabolic steel arch suspends a 3m wide steel deck, providing a link between Bracknell, Crowthrone and Camberley. It was highly important during construction, that the old bridge was retained to allow pedestrian access over the busy dual carriageway and preventing a 15 minute detour.
The scheme was highlighted by judges as an example of how civil engineering design and construction can provide sustainable and innovative solutions that minimise cost and are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
“I am delighted that Ringway has won this award for the Mill Lane Footbridge. At Ringway, we are extremely conscious of the impact our projects have on the environment. We actively promote designs that are sustainable and cost effective. To win an award is fantastic and good recognition of our work.” commented commented Ian Thorpe, Divisional Manager Unitaries, Ringway (West).
Howard Larkin, chair of the ICE’s judging panel, said: “The recipients of the ICE Engineering Excellence Awards 2009 have excelled in delivering projects which combine a commitment to innovation, creativity and social value with a culture of safety and sustainability. I congratulate them all for demonstrating the important contribution that civil engineers make to the Thames Valley.”
Notes to Editor
Project Cost: £1.5million
Location: Bracknell, Berkshire
Completed: July 2008
Consultants: Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd
Client: Bracknell Forest Council
Sub-Contractor: Nusteel Structures