Waterside bridge nominated for national award

The Lavers Bridge project at the £320 million Chesterfield Waterside scheme, has been nominated for a national award which recognises the contribution it has made to bringing forward the development of new homes on the site.

The 30metre span steel bridge, which connects Brimington Road to the new Avant Homes development at Waterside Quarter, has been shortlisted in the Smeaton Award category at the annual Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

Dronfield-based Henry Boot Construction put the project forward for the prestigious awards which showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering. The Smeaton Award category is open to projects costing between £500,000 and £5million.

The Lavers Bridge is one of nine projects shortlisted in the Smeaton Award category, the winner of which will be announced on Friday 6 March 2020 at Sheffield City Hall.

The bridge was designed by HSP Consulting Engineers Limited and constructed by Henry Boot Construction Limited last year to replace an existing bridge with a new and upgraded vehicular and pedestrian bridge across the River Rother.

The completion of the bridge will now enable 300 family homes to be delivered, the first of which are already underway at the Avant Homes’ Waterside Quarter development on the site.

Henry Boot and HSP Consulting Engineers brought innovative thinking to the project, choosing to manufacture much of the new bridge off-site in order to maintain access to site during its construction phase.

Chesterfield Borough Council granted planning permission to create a new access bridge and road to The Park area of Chesterfield Waterside in 2018. The granting of permission enabled developer Bolsterstone Group PLC to progress proposals to develop new homes and Avant Homes subsequently announced it would construct 173 new two, three and four bedroom houses in the Waterside Quarter neighbourhood. Construction of the new homes is now under way and the homes went on sale last month.

Peter Swallow, Managing Director of Bolsterstone Group Plc commented on the importance of the bridge: “I am delighted that both Henry Boot Construction and HSP Consulting Engineers Limited are receiving recognition for the impact the Laver Bridge project has made at Chesterfield Waterside. The bridge was essential to enable us to continue developing The Park neighbourhood and bring forward hundreds of new homes.”

Ian Gresser, Operations Manager, Henry Boot Construction, commented: “With so many worthy schemes out there, it is great news Lavers Bridge has been shortlisted for the Smeaton Award.”

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