More honours for Peace Bridge

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Derry’s Peace Bridge has won another industry award.

The bridge took top honours in the Regeneration category of the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors NI Awards on Friday.

Judges said the scheme has been a resounding success.

The panel said: “The Peace Bridge now provides a direct route for pedestrians and cyclists connecting the Waterside with the city centre. This new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is an elegant design and has been constructed with a minimum carbon footprint and minimum disruption to the marine life in the river.

“In terms of practical usage, it has been a resounding success, attracting three times as much traffic as initially predicted, and encouraging the community in the Waterside to make the 400m walk across the bridge to visit the city centre. Traffic in the other direction can visit the former Ebrington army barracks (now one of the largest urban redevelopment sites in the UK), the site for many of the larger events in the UK City of Culture programme.

“This project provides an impressively simple solution and an important piece of infrastructure that will enable Derry/Londonderry to develop both economically and culturally as a more united city.”