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DEVON County Council has won a prestigious British Construction Industry Award for Redhayes Bridge over the M5 motorway.
The County Council collected the award in the Local Authority category at a ceremony in London last night (Wednesday 12 October) for the £3.75million project. BBC news presenter Huw Edwards presented the award to Devon County Council's Head of Capital Development and Waste Management David Whitton.
The British Construction Industry Awards recognise excellence in the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "This is an incredible achievement and we're honoured to receive such a high-profile award. The bridge has been constructed to provide a vital sustainable transport link from the city to the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, but at the same time it was designed with the intention of creating a striking landmark. It has delivered on both counts and I'm proud that has been recognised with this award. Congratulations must go to everyone who was part of the team involved in this project - their hard work and commitment has helped achieve this success."
The 230 tonne bridge over the M5 at Redhayes was successfully lifted into place in February. The pedestrian and cycle crossing is a key part of the new infrastructure being provided by Devon County Council, which along with the County Council's road improvement scheme currently under construction at Junction 29 of the M5, will enable new businesses to be established and flourish in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point. Creating the stimulus for economic growth is a key objective of the County Council and the Growth Point partners.
The Growth Point includes the Exeter Science Park and Skypark business development, which together are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs and generate around £450million in private sector investment. It also features the intermodal freight and distribution facility and the new community of Cranbrook, where work is underway on phase one of the development to build over 1,100 homes.
Devon County Council commissioned the project and successfully secured funding for the new bridge as part of a £5.5million regeneration package through the Homes and Communities Agency's Community Infrastructure Fund in August 2009. The County Council worked closely with the design and construction team to ensure the success of the project. Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff designed the scheme with architectural input from Design Engine Architects. The Principal contractor, Carillion was responsible for the construction phase and employed the steelwork specialist Rowecord to fabricate and install the new structure.
Redhayes Bridge has also been shortlisted for the 2011 Structural Awards which will be held by the Institution of Structural Engineers on Friday 18 November.