Bridges Sweep the Board for Osborne at the ICE Awards

Friday 13 June was not unlucky for some, seeing Osborne triumph with two winning projects at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) South East England Engineering Excellence awards.

The two winners are the Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham-by-Sea for the Community Benefit award, and the Northern Road Bridge in Portsmouth, which won the Technical Expertise and Innovation award.

The awards were held at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton and recognise projects which showcase great civil engineering initiatives across Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. Other winners on the night included the Mary Rose Museum and the M25 Junction 5-7 Managed Motorways.

The Northern Road Bridge, which recently celebrated its official opening in April 2014 by Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, received excellent feedback from the ICE judges. They were complimentary of the way this project took into account the issue of maintaining an operational railway and vehicular transport access with minimal disruption despite having to demolish and build a new bridge.

Opened in November 2013 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the Adur Ferry Bridge also received great feedback from the judging panel. They were impressed with the bridge providing pedestrians and cyclists with a real alternative to using their cars through better, safer and more user-friendly access from Shoreham beach to the town centre.

West Sussex County Council’s Project Manager for the Adur Ferry Bridge, Bob Wallman, explained: “I was particularly pleased that the Adur Ferry Bridge project received the Community Benefit award; I can personally bear witness to the absolute delight that the local people take from the new bridge that connects their community.”

Osborne Project Manager for the Adur Ferry Bridge, Paul Reader, said, “The Adur Ferry Bridge was such a fantastic project for the Shoreham community and I am delighted that it has been recognised by the ICE. Well done to everyone who worked on this scheme.”