Recently great news was received about the nomination of the Heritage Award for the North West Civil Engineering Awards, for the Warrington Transporter Bridge. The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) use these awards to showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering, with a dinner ceremony in Carlisle on the 26th February. I am proud to be part of the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge and the promotion it has achieved both locally, nationally and even as far away as Germany with followers on the Facebook page.
The Transporter Bridge is 100 years old and has become famous throughout the world as one of the last eight left (three in the UK, with Middlesbrough and Newport in Wales being the other two). It is also the last rail transporter as it was built to carry rail wagons across the Mersey and was used up to the 1960’s.
More detail about the history can be found on the website:
“To qualify for a Heritage Award, the work of civil engineering – which could include any infrastructure relating to transport, energy, water and sewerage, waste management, flood defences or structures such as stadiums, piers, bridges or similar – must be at least 70 years old. Nominations for the first ever North West Civil Engineering Award have come in from Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and the Isle of Man.”
The other projects nominated for the new Heritage Award are:
- Woolston Eyes Footbridge, Warrington
- The Stevenson family Lighthouse (Collection), Isle of Man
- Blackpool Tower, Blackpool
- Old Tram Bridge, River Ribble, Avenham Park, Preston
- Albert Edward Dock, Watery Lane, Preston
- Hodbarrow Sea Defences, Duddon Sands, Millom
- Wigan Lock Flight, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
- Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Canal
- Nantwich Aqueduct, Nantwich
- Ballure Bridge, Ramsey, Isle of Man
- Victoria Station, Manchester
- Historic Shelter, Blackpool
more information on the ICE and the awards can be found at:
Margaret Ingham, chair of Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge has described the news as a ‘great boost’ for the campaign to make the Transporter Bridge better known and more appreciated in the north west. Margaret and myself also think it be great to show this Award off at the centenary celebration day if awarded, which is being planned for later this year.
More on the story can be found in Warrington Worldwide and the Warrington Guardian: