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Town’s pier is nominated for engineering heritage award

Town’s pier is nominated for engineering heritage award

by Ollie Cowan (February 2017)

SOUTHPORT Pier has been nominated for a prestigious heritage award by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Built in 1859, the pier is the oldest iron pier in the country, standing for over 150 years.

It will now compete for the North West Civil Engineering Heritage Award alongside eleven other nominations representing historic civil engineering across North West England and the Isle of Man.

Southport resident Darrell Matthews, North West regional director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said: “Southport Pier is a remarkable piece of engineering. It was the first ‘pleasure pier’ and it’s the UK’s second longest.

“It has survived war, fire and even a council vote to demolish it. The current refurbished version has a mile-long tram line serving visitors and holidaymakers.

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These annual awards help showcase some of the fantastic civil engineering that’s happening across North West England and the Isle of Man today.

“The Heritage Award was introduced to pay tribute to the amazing civil engineering of the past, and the people who designed and built the railways, bridges, canals, roads, ports and also the leisure structures like Southport Pier, all of which have shaped or influenced our lives over the decades.

Previous winners of the recently-introduced North West Civil Engineering Heritage Award include Blackpool Tower, and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel on March 10

The full list of Heritage Award nominations include: Albert Edward Dock, Preston; Carlisle to Settle Railway; Hodbarrow Sea Defences, Duddon Sands.

Manx Electric Railway; Mersey Queensway Tunnel and Ventilation Stations; Nent Force Level, Alston; Ramsey Harbour Bridge, Ramsey, IoM; Royal Liver Building, Liverpool; Southport Pier;

Stone and Swing Aqueducts of Barton-upon-Irwell; The Junction of the Industrial Revolution, Hall Bank, Patricroft, Eccles;

Thirlmere Water Supply Scheme, Cumbria; Widnes Runcorn Railway Bridge.

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