Bidwells, one of the UK’s leading property consultancies, has won a prestigious national award for its work on the Jarrold Bridge in Norwich. An intrinsic part of St James Place, a new business quarter situated close to the city centre, the new bridge secured The Civic Trust Awards 2013, which honour ‘projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment’. The announcement was made at a recent ceremony in Cardiff and the Jarrold Bridge was the only scheme in the Eastern Region to receive an award.
This is the second award for the bridge, which spans the River Wensum. It also collected a prize at the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) annual “Structural Awards”, winning in the ‘Pedestrian Bridge’ category.
Judges at the Civic Trust commented that, “This graceful addition to the River Wensum provides a welcome new route for pedestrians and cyclists across a long stretch of the river.
“Jarrold Bridge is a striking addition to the Norwich river scene.”
Bidwells Project Management Team managed the construction of the bridge and its Planning Team was also involved in helping the successful delivery of this exciting new structure.
Daniel Carter, who managed the entire scheme on behalf of Bidwells, says the bridge was a challenging part of the redevelopment. He explained, “We were tasked with project managing the demolition of the old Jarrold’s site and its redevelopment into a mixture of office space and residential buildings.”
“Once completed, there will be 250,000 sq ft of offices enhanced by a Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, as well as a new 180 bed Four Star hotel.
“We had to identify and appoint a consultant team, manage the tender process and the design and build contracts, as well as obtain design approval at every step.
“I’m delighted to say that the office accommodation has already attracted such prestigious tenants as Barclays, Price Waterhouse Coopers, DEFRA and Amlin.
“One of the challenges we faced was having to liaise with several authorities including the Broads Authority and the Environment Agency. But the end result is something we are all really proud of – it’s a stunning and immensely practical design, which I’m sure will stand the test of time.”