The new Ocean Jubilee Bridge at Stonehouse – which removed a big barrier to canal restoration – has now won a top award,
Cotswold Canals Connected partners are celebrating winning an award for the ongoing restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation canal for the second year in a row.
The bridge won the Under £8m New Build Award at the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards, held last week.
The project was designed by Crouch Waterfall and delivered by Network Rail and its contractors Alun Griffiths, on behalf of Cotswold Canals Connected.
The project, part funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, took more than two years of planning, which included casting the new bridge sections on site, draining a 230 metre section of canal and catching and relocating thousands of fish.
The original railway bridge had been replaced in the 1960s, leaving only a narrow opening that was too small for boats to pass through.
This needed to be replaced as part of the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation Canal.
Chris Mitford-Slade, Cotswold Canals Connected Project Director said:
“We are delighted to have won this award as it really highlights our commitment to creating an environment that connects and enhances communities.
“It is great to see this complex project receiving recognition by not only members of the public, but by industry leading authorities.”
Cllr Catherine Braun, leader of Stroud District Council said: “The canal restoration project has had a hugely positive impact on the local area.
“It is a fantastic resource that allows people to walk, run, cycle, meet with friends, or simply sit and enjoy a peaceful moment in nature.”
Stuart Calvert, Network Rail Wales and Western capital delivery director, said:
“I am delighted for everyone involved that our Ocean Canal bridge and Dartmoor Line projects have been recognised at this year’s prestigious Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards.
“I am so pleased that our work to replace the railway bridge at the Ocean in Stonehouse has been recognised with the Under £8m New Build Award.”