ENGINEERING works on Stourport bridge have been recognised with two top awards.

Members of The Civic Society and The Institution of Civil Engineers, West Midlands have praised the work that Worcestershire County Council has undertaken to refurbish the bridge.

There were several design features that were admired by both judging panels. The council's communication and engagement with residents was also noted.

Conservative councillor, Derek Prodger, cabinet member for environment, said: "This is an excellent achievement for the council.

"Our engineers have been working hard since the project started in 2004. It was a difficult project to undertake, as the bridge supplies residents with the main access through Stourport and we are thankful for their patience."

"We consulted and engaged with the public at every opportunity and were honest when delays occurred. We are extremely happy that our work has been rewarded in this way."

Stourport bridge was constructed in 1870 and, after an inspection in 2004, it was noted that construction work needed to take place to refurbish it.

Repairs to the parapets, construction work on the carriageway and the installation of a new waterproofing material were required to prevent water flowing into the bridge and causing water stains to form on the structure.

Repairs were also made to the cast iron features and the decorative roundels while the bridge and the heritage lighting columns were repainted.

The developments were noticed by the judging panel as being innovative and in keeping with the appearance of the bridge.

Richard Attwood, the council's senior engineer, said: "I am very pleased that the council have been recognised for their hard work to restore the bridge.

"The work was carried out to a very high standard and the panel were unanimous in giving us the awards."