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Waterways Renaissance Awards shortlist announced

The Waterways Trust has announced the shortlist for the 2012 Waterways Renaissance Awards.  This year 29 projects bound up with canals and rivers in the UK have been shortlisted, including education programmes, innovative design and construction schemes, pioneering environmental initiatives and dedicated volunteers.

This is the tenth year of the awards, designed to recognise and reward exceptional projects that have turned inland waterways into desirable places for living, learning and leisure.

The finalists for the 12 categories are:

• A11 Bow Riverside Footbridge & Walkway, London

• Avon Vale, Devizes

• Bath Bridges & Chimney Restoration, Bath

• Beam Parklands, Dagenham

• Bedford Waterspace Study, Bedford

• Canals for the Community, Stoke on Trent

• Dewsbury Waterways, Dewsbury

• Droitwich Canals Restoration, Worcestershire

• Dutton Upper Horse Bridge, Northwich

• Edinburgh Union Canal Strategy, Edinburgh

• Education through Restoration, Cefn Flight of 14 Locks, Newport

• Granary Wharf, Leeds

• Heritage Boatyard & the Restoration of Mendip, Ellesmere Port

• Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail, Hampshire

• Kings Cross Central Canal Fund, London

• Ladywell Fields, Lewisham

• Lagan Legacy, Belfast

• Langley Mill Swingbridge, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

• Leeds Waterfront Festival, Leeds

• Long Preston Deeps River Restoration, Settle

• On the Waterfront, Beauchamp Floating Classroom, London

• Revitalisation of the Monkland Canal, Glasgow

• River Nene Infrastructure Improvements, Peterborough

• Spalding Waterspace Study, Lincolnshire

• The Peace Bridge, Derry/Londonderry

• Tregaron Flood Alleviation Project, Ceredigion

• Wallbridge Project, Stroud

• Waterways Action Squad, North West England

• White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme, Glasgow

Roger Hanbury, chief executive of the awards, said: "It is truly inspiring to see that, even in these very challenging economic times, people and organisations  are continuing to work together to realise the benefits of our canals and rivers for communities across the UK. All projects reaching the finalist stage should be justifiably proud of all that they have achieved."

The awards categories are: Area-Based Regeneration, Community, Design/Construction, Education/Learning, Flood Risk Management, Historic Environment, Innovation, Natural Environment, Partnership, Recreation/Tourism, Strategy, and Masterplanning/Volunteering.

The 2012 Waterways Renaissance Awards are sponsored by CPC Civils, Galliford Try and Hyder Consulting and May Gurney. The winners will be announced at the ICC in Birmingham on Wednesday, 23rd May 2012.

Wednesday 2 May  | Andrew Denny  | 12.42pm, Wednesday 2 May 2012

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