LANCASTER's stunning Millennium Bridge has been identified as one of the best in Britain at a recent awards ceremony.
The bridge, which is the result of a partnership between the county and district councils, received a commendation in the Civic Trust 2004 awards earlier this month. It is the latest in a line of awards for the bridge which forms part of the £5 million Millennium Park.
Judges described the project as 'a much-needed pedestrian and cycle route to the city centre'. It is the first new crossing point to be built on the River Lune since 1846.
County Councillor Jean Yates, Lancashire's cabinet member for highways and transportation, said:
"This is great news for Lancaster and recognition for the work Lancashire County Council has been doing in recent years to make the area more cycle and pedestrian friendly.
"The Civic Trust Awards are held in high regard by councils and construction companies throughout the country. So this commendation, as well as the endorsement of the thousands of people who use the bridge each year, proves that the project has been a success."
Councillor Janice Hanson, Lancaster City Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation, said:
"The Millennium Bridge provides a striking focal point for River Lune Millennium Park and the remaining cycle network in Lancaster district. The bridge is also symbolic of the regeneration that is occurring in the area, particularly around St George's Quay.
"The award from the Civic Trust recognises the valuable contribution that the Millennium Bridge makes to the fabric of the city and the service it provides to its citizens."
Certificates of commendation were presented to:
- Lancaster City Council (owners/ developer/ landscape designer)
- Lancashire County Council (supervising engineers)
- Whitby Bird and Partners (architect/ designer/ structural engineer/ services engineer)
- Henry Boot Construction (UK) Ltd, Manchester (main contractor)
- David Langdon and Everest, London (quantity surveyor)
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Photo shows: (l to r):
John Gilbert, Mayor of Lancaster Tony Lynch, Resident Planner Henry Boot Construction (Main contractor)
County Councillor Vali Patel, Chair of Lancahsire County Council
Clive Grimshaw, Assistant Director (Planning)Chris Dunn, Architect - Whitby, Bird and Partners
County Councillor Jean Yates, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation
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