Paisley firm wins civil engineering award for English bridge restoration

A Renfrewshire company is celebrating a major award win after a restoration of the historically-important Winnington Swing Bridge in north west England.

CGC Rail based in Fulbar Road, Paisley captured first prize in the Small Projects category of the Institute of Civil Engineers (North West) Civil Engineering Awards which was held this month.

The Awards celebrate excellence in civil engineering across the north west of England and the success confirms CGC’s increasingly-UK wide presence.

The bridge in Cheshire is of immense historic value and CGC Rail was tasked with repair work to the 111-year old Grade 2 listed steel structure which carries cars and pedestrians.

CGC Rail’s expert workmanship replaced deteriorating sections to ensure the much-loved landmark can continue to operate and extend its life. CGC Rail is part of City Gate Construction – one of Renfrewshire’s biggest construction businesses

The work included strengthening, painting and refurbishment of the footbridge which the entire project taking six months to complete

Zed Khan, rail director of CGC Rail, said: “This is a stunning triumph in a keenly contested category in these Awards. We are naturally delighted and it is a huge pat on the back for everyone who was involved.”

The Winnington Bridge project beat five other finalist projects from across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

Leo Reilly, managing director of City Gate Construction, added: “This is a well-deserved victory and a huge endorsement of the hard work and skill deployed in preserving this historic bridge. It also reflects how a Renfrewshire-based business like CGC continues to have a presence across the entire UK.”

Commenting on the win, Emma Antrobus, director of the Institute of Civil Engineers North West, said: “This was a focus on repair not replacement and a real blueprint for reducing carbon in infrastructure. It was truly hands-on engineering in action.”

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