Nearly a year after it was officially opened, Perry Bridge has scooped the international Award for Pedestrian Bridges at the Structural Awards 2018, announced in London last week.

The Structural Awards 2018 showcases projects from across the globe, with awards presented for the most innovative projects and technical achievements. It is the only international awards competition focused exclusively on structural engineering excellence.

The Award for Pedestrian Bridges is presented for excellence in the design of pedestrian and/or cycle bridges, or other lightweight bridge structures.

The judges said of Perry Bridge ‘this beautiful arched bridge has captured the public imagination and its image”

They also commented on the originality of the method used to launch the bridge

“The way that the bridge was launched is thought to be unique. The bridge steelwork was constructed on the bank, cables were tensioned across the gap and the leading edge of the bridge was drawn across, sliding on skids on the cables. This most ingenious method only took two hours and a tracked excavator to get the bridge in place.”

Jennifer Palmer, General Manager of the Te Awa River Ride Trust said ‘It’s thrilling to see Perry Bridge recognised internationally; we’ve been blown away by how popular this bridge has been with the community and this award is a credit to the teams at Holmes Consulting and Emmetts Civil Construction’.

The award is the second accolade for the bridge, which was also recognised by the Small Structure Award at the NZ Bridges Awards earlier this month.

The Perry Bridge officially opened on 4th November 2017 – a counter on the trail indicates that over 50,000 users have traversed the bridge in its first year.