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Winner of fiftieth Concrete Society Awards announced

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The Mersey Gateway Bridge has been named the Outright Winner at the 50th Concrete Society Awards. The bride is the UK’s only long-span cable-supported bridge constructed primarily using in-situ concrete.

Running from Widnes to Runcorn, the bridge represents a significant advancement in the application of concrete for bridge construction, demonstrating the material’s flexibility. The bridge was nominated by CEMEX UK Materials.

“This is a modern masterpiece in concrete design and construction,” said broadcaster Huw Edwards. “It works as a big bridge should”.

The ceremony was attended by 500 members, guests, and construction industry representatives. The event celebrates excellence in concrete and is one of the longest-running awards programmes in the UK construction industry.

Judges from the Concrete Society, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Institution of Civil Engineers visited all nominated projects. The bridge was unanimously agreed on for its technical advancements in the use of concrete.

“We are delighted to receive this honour from such a respected body of judges,” said Damon Montgomery from CEMEX UK Materials. “Without the collective efforts and teamwork of all stakeholders, this project simply would not have been delivered to the exacting quality required.
“A key success factor was the full collaboration between the CEMEX UK Materials integrated supply chain, along with the dedication and organisation of our operations, technical, and logistics teams, often delivering high-performance products to the project under significant time pressures.
“The result is an iconic structure that we are very proud to have delivered, and its use and visibility in the community will, without question, last for many years to come.”

“We have been delighted with the number of excellent entries we have received on the 50th year of the Concrete Society Awards,” said Kathy Calverley, Managing Director of the Concrete Society Awards. “Each project has extolled the virtue of the most widely used building material in the world – in cost, time management, usage, and aesthetics.
“This year’s chosen outright winner, the Mersey Gateway Bridge, certainly demonstrates the sheer flexibility and continuous groundbreaking development of concrete in construction.”

The following five further projects were highly commended at the awards: George Green Library, University of Nottingham; Plot A – 2 Television Centre, London; Principal Tower, London; Two St Peter’s Square, Manchester; and White Collar Factory, London.

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