1 April 2016

The Streets Ahead team has been recognised at a string of awards ceremonies for the bridge strengthening works that have been carried out on two Sheffield bridges over the past year.

The structures team was awarded two commendations in this year’s Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber Awards – the first in the Smeaton Award category for strengthening of Sheffield’s Ball Street Bridge, a Grade II listed bridge that spans the River Don. The second was in the Sir John Fowler Award category for works completed on the Walkley Lane Bridge.

The ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards give public recognition to outstanding examples of the art of civil engineering.

Steve Robinson, Head of Highway Maintenance at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is great to see that the structures team are being recognised for the work they carry out in order to ensure our bridges are safe for the public to use.

“We have many old, beautiful and historic bridges across the city. To ensure that we keep them for residents, commuters and visitors to the city to use for years to come, we need to take care of them.”

Andrew Harley, Streets Ahead’s Structures Manager, said: “We’re honoured that our team and partners have been recognised for their hard work on both the Ball Street Bridge project and Walkley Lane Bridge project. A lot of hard work and planning goes into projects of this scale and so it’s fantastic to receive acknowledgement at awards as prestigious as those held by the Institute of Civil Engineering.”

Both commendations come not long after the work carried out on Ball Street Bridge was recognised and commended at last year’s Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation Yorkshire and Humberside Branch Awards for the Best Highways and Transportation Scheme 2015.

The Streets Ahead team maintain over 600 bridges across Sheffield, many of which have been upgraded or will need some improvements making to them over the 25 year lifetime of Streets Ahead.

Ball Street Bridge

Ball Street Bridge is a Grade II listed steel arch bridge carrying Ball Street over the River Don. The structure was assessed and it was found that the arches were weak and required strengthening, as well as the footway replacing. The Streets Ahead team have been able to successfully strengthen the arches, as well as refurbish the bridge in keeping with original features.

Walkley Lane

Walkley Lane Bridge is a cast iron bridge that was installed in the early 20th century and crosses the River Loxley at Hillsborough. The bridge underwent a four-month strengthening and restoration project in 2014.