Road bridge project of the year

This award seeks to recognise excellence in new build or major road refurbishment project in the UK, in the last year.

Alun Griffiths, Welsh Government and Arup
The A487 New Dyfi Bridge

The key objective of the scheme was to enhance the resilience of the trunk road network. The works included constructing a 750m viaduct with 20 spans, featuring a 74m clear span over the river channel. Additionally, measures such as a flood bund to protect the Eco park from fluvial flooding, two pumping stations to prevent highway flooding under the bridge, and the closure of the original Pont-ar-Ddyfi to traffic were implemented. Furthermore, provisions for parking lay-bys, traffic calming, and a non-motorized user (NMU) crossing point on A493 were incorporated and aligned to the Welsh Well-being of Future Generations Act.

Bam Farrans Joint Venture
Herring Bridge

Herring Bridge, Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing, is a nationally significant infrastructure project to ease traffic congestion, improve journey reliability and generate investment and regeneration in the town and wider borough. Delivered by BAM-Farrans Joint Venture (BFJV), it featured the design and construction of a double bascule bridge of a size and scale not common in the UK. The success of this technically challenging engineering project is due to collaboration between Norfolk County Council, BFJV and designers, bringing the best problem solvers together. The team delivered Herring Bridge with an exceptional level of community integration and significant social value legacy.

Beaulieu Parkway Project

The Beaulieu Parkway Bridge is an important strategic link and a vital piece of infrastructure delivering immediate relief and long-term benefits for the people of Chelmsford. We employed an impressive and innovative methodology to install the 161m long curved three-span superstructure, using SPMTs to manoeuvre the complete bridge instead of traditional usage of a crane. This method helped us install the superstructure in the safest, most efficient way, whilst minimising disruption to the travelling public. The successful delivery of this complex scheme demonstrates our wide-ranging construction experience, extensive civils capabilities and commitment to providing a lasting legacy.

Wills Bros Civil Engineering
A939 Gairnshiel Jubilee Bridge

The Gairnshiel Jubilee Bridge carefully balances preserving the historic character of the area with a modern design that complements the beautiful surroundings. The bridge itself is elegant, built with local granite and weathering steel to echo the natural colours of the glen. It gracefully spans the River Gairn, making travel between Deeside and Speyside much easier. The project was designed to be cost-effective, minimise environmental impact, and benefit the local community. Opened in 2023 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, the bridge is built to last and will serve Aberdeenshire for many years to come.

Ymgynghoriaeth Gwynedd Consultancy
Pontydd Bodfel and Bodefail Bridges

This amazing project encompasses three bridges which were vital in maintaining an essential link between the town of Pwllheli and the Llŷn Peninsula in rural north Wales. The storm damage to the historic bridge necessitated the construction of a temporary bridge which was completed in four weeks. This temporary structure allowed time to address the long-term solution of repairing the historic bridge, and construction of a new bridge which was sympathetic to the beautiful surrounding landscape. The historic bridge now serves as an active travel route providing a safer like between the villages of Boduan and Efailnewydd.