Living Waterways Award winners announced

THE winners of Canal & River Trust’s 2018 Living Waterways Awards were announced at a gala ceremony in Birmingham last night (September 20).

The Living Waterways Awards, sponsored by Kier, Amco Geffen, Arcadis, CPC Civils, Fountains, Land & Water and Vinci, seek to recognise the most exciting and inspiring waterway-based projects across the UK which are transforming where we live and enriching our lives.

Sue Wilkinson, Canal & River Trust trustee and chair of the Awards assessment panel, said: “Our inland waterways have been part of our history for hundreds, if not thousands of years. That they are still being used and enjoyed today, making our lives richer and happier is down to a lot of effort by many unsung heroes and these awards exist to celebrate their efforts.

“This is the fifteenth year of the Awards and, as ever, the assessment panel faced a tremendous challenge in selecting which projects to recognise; we congratulate all finalists.”

A rigorous assessment process saw the expert judges travel across the country from Powys to Glasgow and from London to Burnley before selecting the finalists for the 2018 Living Waterways Awards.

From inspirational education programmes and innovative construction projects, to exciting community-binding environmental initiatives, the winners of these prestigious awards are:

Art, Culture & Events: Winner: Burnley Canal Festival, Lancashire

Runner-up: Hereford River Carnival, Herefordshire

Commended: The Idle Women: Recreating the Journey, national


Built Environment: Winner: Merchant Square Floating Pocket Garden, London

Joint Runner-up: Knostrop Weir foot & cycle bridge, Yorkshire; and Somers Town Bridge, London


Engaging the Community – large scale: Winner: Woodside, Firhill & Hamiltonhill Development Framework, Glasgow

Runner-up: Waterspace Bath, Somerset


Engaging the Community – small scale: Winner: Nowka Bais, Birmingham

Joint Runner-up: The Wanderer Community Workboat, Worcestershire; and Idle Women, Lancashire


Heritage & Conservation: Winner: Hetty’s Tea Room, Stoke on Trent

Runner-up: Restoration of Church Bridge & Pocklington Canal Bicentenary, Yorkshire Commended: New Mills Marina, Derbyshire


Learning & Skills: Winner: Rivertime Boat Trust, Berkshire

Runner-up: Leicester Young Ecology Adventurers, Leicestershire


Natural Environment: Winner: Mon & Brec Green Infrastructure Improvement Programme, Powys

Runner-up: Lower Misbourne Enhancements, Buckinghamshire;

Commended: Bringing Back the Bulbourne, Hertfordshire


Outstanding Achievement Award: Roger Hanbury


Further details of the 2018 Living Waterways Awards can be found at