Double shortlisting for bridge refurbishment

A medieval charity is celebrating being named on two awards shortlists in one day for its recent bridge refurbishment.

The Rochester Bridge Trust is a finalist in the Client of the Year category of the international NEC Awards, while the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project is in the running for Supply Chain Excellence in the Construction News Awards.

Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) of the Rochester Bridge Trust, said: “These two awards schemes recognise some very important aspects of the multi-million pound refurbishment of our three bridges over the river at Rochester. They acknowledge that a major scheme such as this could not be a success without all the many different organisations involved.”

The NEC Awards celebrate the use of a family of contracts that facilitates the implementation of sound project management principles and practices, as well as defining legal relationships.

Sue Threader explained: “The refurbishment used an NEC4 contract, which fostered a relationship of mutual trust between us and lead contractor FM Conway – something that proved invaluable when Covid-19 arrived. To be a finalist as Client of the Year acknowledges the collaborative effort of all involved in the project.”

The other finalists in this award category are Development Bureau, The Government of Hong Kong; and Portsmouth City Council. The winners will be announced on 23rd June.

The Construction News awards highlight the achievements of a range of national projects, with the Supply Chain Excellence category focusing on the relationship between client, lead contractor and sub-contractors. There are nine finalists and the winners will be announced on 15th September.

These two finalist listings come as the Trust waits to hear the outcome of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Awards on 29th June. The project has already won the Bridges Award for New Life at the eBridges21 conference.

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