At a prestigious ceremony in Pittsburgh, USA, the Peace Bridge has won the Arthur G. Hayden Medal for The International Bridge Conference Awards.
The award recognises globally a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating vision and innovation in special use bridges. In recent years the award has been won by the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge in New Zealand and bridges in Germany, South Carolina and Canada.
Aideen McGinley, Ilex’s Chief Executive said: “This accolade brings global recognition to the Peace Bridge. It underscores the many awards the bridge has attracted for the impact it has made not just physically, but socially. The bridge has successfully attracted significant numbers of visitors to Derry~Londonderry as a landmark and a new city icon. It is known internationally by the place it has in the hearts of the people in the city”.
James Marks, Associate Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, designers of the Peace Bridge and who attended the event commented: “We’re delighted that the Peace Bridge has been recognised with the Arthur G. Hayden Medal. It is a tribute to the client and to the design team of Wilkinson Eyre, Graham Construction, AECOM and Rowecord, who worked together to realise the ambitions of the project in creating a new landmark for Derry~Londonderry”.
The Arthur G. Hayden Medal was accepted on behalf of Ilex by James Lamb, President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh and Honorary Consul of Ireland, who said: “I was honoured to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Ilex. The Peace Bridge is a true engineering feat worthy of this and many other awards, but it is also a symbol of unity in the city. The bridge has opened up Derry~Londonderry and has become the crowning piece for a city with a great future”.
The Peace Bridge also won the Waterways Renaissance Award for Design and Construction earlier in the month and has won a commendation from the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Design Awards 2012.