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Boston footbridge recognised in awards scheme

Boston's St Botolph's Footbridge took the top spot in the medium project category of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Merit Awards.

The Lincolnshire Highways Alliance project beat off competition from 12 other schemes across the region for the award which recognises exceptional safety and environmental management, innovation and project design within the construction sector.

The 65 metre long bridge spans the River Witham, overlooking St Botolph's Church, known as Boston Stump. The contemporary bowstring design was chosen following extensive public consultation and features decorative yellow lighting matching that of the octagonal lantern in the church tower. There is also a tri-floral motif installed into the parapet which replicates that of the nearby Town Bridge.

County Council executive member for highways and transportation, Cllr Richard Davies, said: "This project shows civil engineering at its best. It was a hugely successful project driven by direct project management, effective communication and delivered by a small dedicated team resulting in an unassuming and elegant structure which fits into its challenging surroundings.

"The footbridge design is the only one of its type in Lincolnshire and has evolved into a landmark structure for Boston. It is a bridge that not only the people of Boston can be proud of but also the Civil Engineering industry as a whole. It was a well-deserved win for all involved."

The project was completed together with designer HBPW Ltd, contractor Britcon UK and bridge fabricator SH Structures. It was jointly funded by the county council and the ERDF as part of the 'Routes Not Barriers' project.

ICE East Midlands chairman, Andy Warrington, said: "These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the civil engineering profession with the inspirational people and teams delivering projects across our region. The striking bowstring structure of St Botolph's Bridge makes an elegant statement in a prominent position in Boston and puts civil engineering in the public eye. The project is commended for high quality public consultation and is a driver for local regeneration."

Projects recognised by ICE ranged from local schemes costing tens of thousands of pounds, to multi-million pound cross-county infrastructure work.