Peace Bridge wins award

Derry has made it on to the long list in The Irish Times competition, The Best Place to Live in Ireland.
Derry has made it on to the long list in The Irish Times competition, The Best Place to Live in Ireland.

Derry’s iconic Peace Bridge has won another major award for it design.

The city landmark scooped the prestigious Arthur G Hayden Medal at the International Bridge Conference Awards held in Pittsburgh in the United States.

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.”

The award 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.