Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Peace Bridge scoops UK-wide awards

Fireworks over the Peace Bridge as Derry-Londonderry celebrates becoming the UK's 2013 city of culture

The designers of the Peace Bridge in Derry-Londonderry have won UK-wide recognition for outstanding architecture and sustainable planning.

The landmark joins the east and west of the city over the River Foyle and opened in 2011 as a symbol of community unity after decades of violence.

The £14 million structure is the length of two and a half football pitches. It was funded by the European Union and developed by Ilex, the urban regeneration company for Derry-Londonderry.

The development received two Civic Trust awards at a ceremony in Cardiff on Saturday and topped the judge's choice category at the Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards at Stormont.

Ilex programme manager Ciaran Doherty said: "These are terrific accolades and we are thrilled that they have been bestowed upon the Peace Bridge which has transformed our cityscape and brought tremendous benefits to people and businesses in our region. "

He added: "These prestigious awards, and others, prove that it isn't just a hit with locals, it is gaining broad recognition for its architectural significance and contribution to our built environment."

This is the third gong which the pedestrian Peace Bridge has received in less than a week, bringing the total number of awards which the project has achieved to 18.

The connection between the former Ebrington army barracks and the city centre was selected from 263 national and international entries as the national panel's favourite project at the Civic Trust Awards. Recognition was given for outstanding design and the architect was Wilkinson Eyre.

The sustainable planning awards were a joint initiative with RSPB NI and The Royal Town Planning Institute to reward and celebrate innovative ideas and positive planning.

The bridge opened on June 25 2011, cost £14.5m and was funded through the European Union's Peace III Programme. There have been over 1.5 million crossings.

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