Poole's Twin Sails Bridge picks up commendation in prestigious awards

SUNNY DAYS: Poole residents took the opportunity of walking on the new Twin Sails bridge during the community weekend after it first opened

SUNNY DAYS: Poole residents took the opportunity of walking on the new Twin Sails bridge during the community weekend after it first opened

First published in News

POOLE’S £21.6million Twin Sails Bridge has picked up a commendation in the prestigious international Institute of Structural Engineers Awards.

The town’s bridge, opened in April, was entered in the highway or railway bridge structures category by structural designer Ramboll.

The Compiegne Bridge in France won the category and awards in other groups went to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the 413m tall Al Hamra Firdous Tower in Kuwait City and the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station.

Among a shortlist of four bridges, the town’s second harbour crossing was commended for the originality used by the structural engineers to create a vivid landmark.

Ramboll worked with architect Wilkinson Eyre and mechanical engineer Bennett Associates to develop the concept of the steel bascule road bridge and other work included the design of approach roads and marine works.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of Borough of Poole said: “I am delighted that the Twin Sails Bridge has been recognised amongst such an impressive field showcasing excellence in structural engineering.

“Once again this demonstrates how the Twin Sails Bridge is helping to raise Poole’s profile on the international stage.”

The judges’ comment said: “The judges were impressed by the original design of the opening leaves of the central span.

“The gap between these leaves was skilfully measured and cut to create two triangular sections.

“The resulting impression of two passing yacht sails when lifted, demonstrates why the bridge achieved its status as a dramatic landmark.”

Ramboll also had two wins in the awards with the Jarrold Bridge in Norwich and the 512-bedroom Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

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9:30am Sat 10 Nov 12

Was Charlie says...

"Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of Borough of Poole said: “I am delighted that the Twin Sails Bridge has been recognised amongst such an impressive field showcasing excellence in structural engineering."
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I'd hate to see something that wasn't "showcasing excellence in structural engineering" seeing as it's broken down on so many occasions.
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It got an award for being "pretty".
"Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of Borough of Poole said: “I am delighted that the Twin Sails Bridge has been recognised amongst such an impressive field showcasing excellence in structural engineering." ............ I'd hate to see something that wasn't "showcasing excellence in structural engineering" seeing as it's broken down on so many occasions. ........ It got an award for being "pretty". Was Charlie
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9:37am Sat 10 Nov 12

uvox44 says...

Twin Sails? Many Fails more like..
Twin Sails? Many Fails more like.. uvox44
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9:56am Sat 10 Nov 12

Time_Traveller says...

Who gives a t0ss if it looks *pretty*?

We need a bridge that WORKS although I suppose this one does *from time to time* .......
Who gives a t0ss if it looks *pretty*? We need a bridge that WORKS although I suppose this one does *from time to time* ....... Time_Traveller
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9:57am Sat 10 Nov 12

Old Colonial says...

Now for a competition for bridges that actually fulfil their intended function
Now for a competition for bridges that actually fulfil their intended function Old Colonial
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10:00am Sat 10 Nov 12

upyourpipe says...

“Once again this demonstrates how the Twin Sails Bridge is helping to raise Poole’s profile on the international stage.”
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Its done that alright, along with the surf reef & Imax, its made the south coast of England look a laughing stock.
“Once again this demonstrates how the Twin Sails Bridge is helping to raise Poole’s profile on the international stage.” . Its done that alright, along with the surf reef & Imax, its made the south coast of England look a laughing stock. upyourpipe
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10:05am Sat 10 Nov 12

Vic.Meldrew says...

Next they will be handing out an award for the surf reef !!
Next they will be handing out an award for the surf reef !! Vic.Meldrew
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10:29am Sat 10 Nov 12

Frank28 says...

Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it.
Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it. Frank28
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10:46am Sat 10 Nov 12

sofa_king_right says...

Frank28 wrote:
Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it.
if the design isn't reliable then it shouldn't recieve any award!
also it doesn't look like sails as shown in all the fanciful literature, it can't raise that high, so it looks far more like a big pyramid than the sails of a yacht
style over substance, yet again.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it.[/p][/quote]if the design isn't reliable then it shouldn't recieve any award! also it doesn't look like sails as shown in all the fanciful literature, it can't raise that high, so it looks far more like a big pyramid than the sails of a yacht style over substance, yet again. sofa_king_right
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11:02am Sat 10 Nov 12

Reader Echo says...

Oh dear, the ‘International Institute of Structural Engineers’ have just lost their international credibility.
Oh dear, the ‘International Institute of Structural Engineers’ have just lost their international credibility. Reader Echo
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11:10am Sat 10 Nov 12

penhale says...

Frank28 wrote:
Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it.
Oh well that's ok then, so the reef shouldn't get any awards then, although I could think of a suitable award for it..
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Obviously the award is associated with the design of the structure - and reliability doesn't come in to it.[/p][/quote]Oh well that's ok then, so the reef shouldn't get any awards then, although I could think of a suitable award for it.. penhale
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11:17am Sat 10 Nov 12

portia6 says...

We are sailing, we are sailing home
again, stormy waters once again!
We are sailing, we are sailing home again, stormy waters once again! portia6
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1:05pm Sat 10 Nov 12

slymo cherrie says...

You got two lifting bridgets and neither has EVER broken down
the old bridge deserves a 'Bridge Knighthood'.
You got two lifting bridgets and neither has EVER broken down the old bridge deserves a 'Bridge Knighthood'. slymo cherrie
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1:51pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Turtlebay says...

Surely they mean Condemnation not commendation!!
Surely they mean Condemnation not commendation!! Turtlebay
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1:52pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Turtlebay says...

Surely they mean Condemnation not commendation!!
Surely they mean Condemnation not commendation!! Turtlebay
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4:16pm Sat 10 Nov 12

freedom for pokesdown says...

The same award body that made Boscombe pier "pier of the year"
and Bournemouth Council "council of the year"?
- tell me, where do you buy these awards and how much do they cost?
The same award body that made Boscombe pier "pier of the year" and Bournemouth Council "council of the year"? - tell me, where do you buy these awards and how much do they cost? freedom for pokesdown
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7:58am Tue 13 Nov 12

tbpoole says...

upyourpipe wrote:
“Once again this demonstrates how the Twin Sails Bridge is helping to raise Poole’s profile on the international stage.”
.
Its done that alright, along with the surf reef & Imax, its made the south coast of England look a laughing stock.
Move up North then, I'm sure you will enjoy it much more and we won't have to listen to your whinges.
[quote][p][bold]upyourpipe[/bold] wrote: “Once again this demonstrates how the Twin Sails Bridge is helping to raise Poole’s profile on the international stage.” . Its done that alright, along with the surf reef & Imax, its made the south coast of England look a laughing stock.[/p][/quote]Move up North then, I'm sure you will enjoy it much more and we won't have to listen to your whinges. tbpoole
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