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Trust Wins Award for Bridging Gap between Schools, Engineering, and History

The Rochester Bridge Trust has won an award for its work promoting civil engineering and the history of bridges at schools in Kent.

The Steve Tebb Schools Outreach Award was presented to representatives of the Rochester Bridge Trust by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Senior Vice President, Geoff French, during a ceremony held at Leeds Castle, Maidstone on Friday, 7 June 2013.

Director of ICE South East England, John Laverty, issued the following statement:

“ICE believes in working with young people to inspire the next generation of engineers. With around 3,000 schools across South East England, ICE relies on the work of volunteers and companies to help with this aim.

“The Steve Tebb Schools Outreach Award celebrates the individuals and companies that have shown outstanding commitment to promoting the profession at events and in schools across the region over the last year. The award is named in memory of Steve Tebb. Steve was a dedicated member of ICE and a former chair of South Branch’s Education and Training Group.

“The Rochester Bridge Trust has played an inspirational role in creating science and engineering opportunities for young people across Kent. It supports after-school clubs in engineering, sponsored a Primary Schools Bridge Building Competition at the Royal Engineers’ Museum, provides substantial grants both to secondary schools and to sixth form students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives, and organises major events such as a the Schools’ Science Expo and the Engineering Experience Day for secondary school students. In addition, the Trust was a major donor to the Bridge Study Centre at the Royal Engineers’ Museum in Gillingham which has made the museum’s extensive collection of bridge models available for the first time for use during school visits.

“The judges decided that this work and record of success meant the Rochester Bridge Trust was the winner of the Steve Tebb Schools Outreach Award for 2013 to recognise its outstanding and continuing achievements working with schools in Kent.”

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. More information can be found at, or you can follow ICE South East England on Twitter: @ICE_SEEngland.


1. The Rochester Bridge Trust is a charitable trust that exists to maintain the old and new bridges at Rochester and serve the travelling public. It is the only surviving bridge trust still serving its original purpose, and it has served the people of Kent since 1399. The Trust also supports numerous community and education projects across historic Kent and Medway.

2. The Trust’s assets all derive from endowments of land and money in the 14th and 15th centuries and are carefully managed in order to provide an income to fund bridge maintenance and local charitable grants. The Trust receives no external funding and is regulated by the Charity Commission.

For more information:

The Rochester Bridge Trust
5 Esplanade
Kent ME1 1QE
Tel: 01634 846706
Fax: 01634 840125

Keith Brown
External Relations Executive
ICE South East England
020 7665 2360 or 07920 825332

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