|A team of volunteers from Mott MacDonald and Balfour Beatty built a pedestrian footbridge in rural Rwanda with the charity Bridges to Prosperity. The bridge provides a safe year-round crossing over the River Nyagako for 10,000 people in the Nyamirama and Kanyinya communities, whose access to schools, markets, farms, and health services is cut off when the river rises to and over its banks.
Ten volunteers, five from Mott MacDonald and five from Balfour Beatty, travelled to Rutaka to build the footbridge with the local community between 17 June and 2 July 2017. As well as providing a safe river crossing, the project comprised an educational programme to share the knowledge and skills of safe, efficient and appropriate footbridge construction with the local population.
Ian Towler, senior civil engineer with Mott MacDonald and project manager for the bridge build will talk about how this project was delivered and how the skills and knowledge from our day jobs were used to help the local communities creating a positive legacy and what it is more important, an exciting prospect.