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Waterways Renaissance Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2012 Waterways Renaissance Awards have been announced.
 
Twenty-nine outstanding projects along canals and rivers in the UK were recognised at a dinner and reception at the ICC in Birmingham. Winners include the Peace Bridge, constructed to unite two once divided communities in Derry~Londonderry, the Granary Wharf in Leeds and the pioneering White Cart Water flood prevention scheme in Glasgow.
 
The innovative youth volunteering project, Waterways Action Squad won the inaugural Volunteering award. Based across north-west England, the project was the first of its kind to specifically target young people and encourage them to discover, use and care for canals and rivers in the region.
 
The Droitwich Canals Retoration received a special Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of this landmark restoration and regeneration project.
 
This is the 10th year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards,and the last to be run by The Waterways Trust, which merges into the Canal and River Trust shortly. The Awards will continue, but will be organised by the CRT from next year.  This year's awards are sponsored by CPC Civils, Galliford Try, Hyder Consulting and May Gurney 
 
Roger Hanbury, Chief Executive, explains: “This is the tenth year of the Waterway Renaissance Awards and 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 mentioned should be justifiably proud of all that they have achieved.”
 
The full list of 2012 winners and runners-up: 
 
Outstanding Achievement Award: 
Droitwich Canals Restoration
 
Area-based Regeneration
Winner: Granary Wharf, Leeds
 
Community
Winner: Canals for the Community, Stoke on Trent
Runner-up: Ladywell Fields, Lewisham
Commended: Dewsbury Waterways
Commended: Revitalisation of the Monkland Canal, Glasgow
 
Design & Construction
Winner: The Peace Bridge, Derry/Londonderry
Runner-up: A11 Bow Riverside
Commended: Dutton Upper Horse Bridge, Cheshire
Commended: Granary Wharf, Leeds
 
Education & Learning
Winner: Lagan Legacy, Belfast
Runner-up: Beauchamp Lodge’s On the Waterfront
Commended: Waterways Action Squad
 
Flood Risk Management
Winner: White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme, Glasgow
Runner-up: Tregaron Flood Alleviation Scheme
 
Historic Environment
Winner: Heritage Boatyard & Restoration of Mendip, National Waterways Museum
Runner-up: Bath Bridges & Chimney Restoration
Commended: Cefn Flight of 14 Locks – Education through restoration
 
Innovation
Winner: A11 Bow Riverside Footbridge & Walkway
Commended: Kings Cross Central Canal Fund Masterplan
 
Natural Environment
Winner: Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail
Runner-up: Beam Parklands
 
Partnership
Winner: Wallbridge Project, Cotswold Canals
Runner-up: Leeds Waterfront Festival  
Commended: Long Preston Deeps                                         
Commended: Tregaron Flood Alleviation Scheme
Commended: River Nene Infrastructure Improvement 
 
Recreation & Tourism
Winner: Leeds Waterfront Festival                         
 
Strategy & Masterplanning
Winner: Edinburgh Union Canal Strategy
Runner-up: Bedford Waterspace Study                
Commended: Spalding Waterspace Study           
Commended: Kings Cross Central Canal Fund Masterplan
 
Volunteering
Winner: Waterways Action Squad                           
Runner-up: Avon Vale, Kennet & Avon Canal
Commended: Langley Mill Swingbridge, Nottinghamshire

Thursday 24 May  | Andrew Denny  | 10.15am, Thursday 24 May 2012

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