The project to restore Nantwich’s famous aqueduct, has secured a major conservation award.
The project, involving the Canal and River Trust, Cheshire East Council, Nantwich Town Council and the Nantwich Partnership, began last September and cost in the region of £200,000.
It was voted winner of the ‘restoration and historic environment category’ at the Living Waterways Awards in Birmingham.The landmark aqueduct, which carries the Shropshire Union Canal, is a Thomas Telford structure dating back to 1826.
Crucial repairs, repainting, new signage and the removal of overhanging vegetation, together with improvements to towpaths, all formed parts of the restoration project which was completed within the scheduled eight weeks.
Councillor Peter Groves, Cabinet member for finance and assets, said: “To win this award is fantastic news.
“Nantwich aqueduct is one of the many historic treasures we have in Cheshire East and to invest in the preservation and restoration of this landmark – and to win this award as a result – is testimony to a great working partnership involving this Council, local councils, volunteers and the Canal and River Trust.This has been a great team effort all round.”
The Living Waterways Awards seek to recognise the most exciting and inspiring waterway-based improvement projects across the UK.
Alan Johnson, heritage consultant and Living Waterways Awards assessor, said: “This exemplar conservation project has taken great care to respect the significance of the structure.
“Particular care was taken to ensure no scaffolding was connected to the structure, thus avoiding further damage. The repairs have reduced the risk of major engineering works being required for some time.”