2017 is The Structural Awards’ 50th year. There have been many incredible Supreme Award winning bridges over the years, but which is the best?

To mark 50 years of The Structural Awards we’re asking you to vote for the greatest bridge ever to win the “Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence” – or the “Structural Special Award” that preceded it. 

Both the Supreme Award and the Special Award have recognised the very best of the best since 1968, celebrating outstanding structural engineering accomplishment from around the world.

Below we’ve picked out six great bridge projects which have won the top award over the last 50 years, including the Severn Bridge - our first ever winner. Vote for your favourite, or suggest another winner we’ve missed out.

1968: The Severn Bridge Freeman Fox and Partners
The Institution called this steel suspension bridge 'a design concept that... has earned the admiration of the world'. Featuring a span of 988m and pylons 121m high, the cables are made of zinc-coated wire.

1981: The Humber Bridge, UKFreeman Fox and Partners
Featuring a main span of 1410m, 11,000 tonnes of cables and towers 155m high, the Humber Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened to the public.

1995: Centenary Bridge, Trafford Park - Cass Hayward and Partners & Amec Engineering
Built to mark the centenary of the Manchester Ship Canal, this 44m span bridge raises its 550 ton steel deck vertically, by around 15m, to allow ships to pass beneath.

1997: Tsing Ma BridgeMott MacDonald
Featuring a main span of 1377m, 65 000 tonnes of concrete were used in the construction of each 206 metre high tower, and 49 000 tonnes of structural steel were used in the entire structure.

2003: Gateshead Millennium BridgeGifford (Now Ramboll)
A parabolic steel arch spanning 105m between end supports and rising 45m above river level. The bridge was carried up the River Tyne on one of the world’s largest floating cranes and lowered into place.

2010 Stonecutters BridgeArup
This cable-stayed bridge boasts a main span of 1018m and stands in a typhoon zone. It features an aerodynamically designed twin steel box girder deck, and tall slender monopole towers.

The Structural Awards 2017 are now open for entries featuring new categories: Have you entered your project to take its place in engineering history? 

The Ultimate Structural Awards Bridge Which bridge is the greatest to have received the Supreme or Special Award for Structural Engineering? The poll is closed.
Severn Bridge
Humber Bridge
Centenary Bridge, Trafford Park
Tsing Ma Bridge
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Stonecutters Bridge


Tim Hurstwyn
So many great bridges spanning (no pun intended) 50 years of fantastic projects.

Our own Infinity Footbridge (Supreme Award 2009) didn't make the shortlist but if it had I think I might have stilled voted fro Gateshead!

28/03/2017 15:34:50

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