Worcestershire walking and cycling bridge wins national award

A view from on Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester Published Tuesday, 1st June 2021

Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester has received recognition by winning a top national award for bridges, which received entries from across the country.

The new footbridge, which offers improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists over the A4440 Southern Link Road was joint winner of The Bridges Design Award for projects below £5 million.

These awards, organised by Bridge Design and Engineering celebrate the ingenuity, project management and cooperative skills of the people involved in the design, construction and maintenance of bridges in the UK.

Worcestershire County Council and its partners, which included Alun Griffiths Ltd, Burroughs, Jacobs, COWI and Moxon Architects were praised by the judges for the great collaboration shown throughout all phases of the bridge design and construction.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor Alan Amos, said: “This is a great achievement for everyone involved in the work on Hams Way Footbridge and I’m pleased the team have received this recognition for their efforts.

"This bridge is an extremely important part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme and offers a further example of the Council’s commitment to improving walking and cycling routes across the county.”

The new bridge, which opened in December last year, is one of four crossings being installed as part of the wider Southern Link Road scheme. They include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge which also opened last year, Broomhall Way Footbridge, which will open later this year and an underpass near the Ketch roundabout which will be ready for use towards the end of the final phase of the Southern Link Road scheme.

This might not be the end of the accolades for this bridge, as it’s also entered for the IStructE Structural Awards, the Structural Design Awards, and the British Construction Industry Awards.

Find out more about the Hams Way Footbridge, as well as the wider A4440 Southern Link Road scheme on the County Council website