Waterways Renaissance Awards finalists praised for vision and commitment

A wildflower grassland at a derelict bleach works, canal-bridge restoration works and the transformation of a brownfield site into a waterfront park are a few of the diverse ideas and designs to reach the finals of the 2008 Waterways Renaissance Awards.

The finalists have been announced in the 10 categories of the competition, which is run by the Waterways Trust and the British Urban Regeneration Association.

The Design and Construction category, which is sponsored by ISIS Waterside Regeneration, has a shortlist of three projects. Diglis Water in Worcestershire, Electric Wharf in Warwickshire and Keadby Lock Strengthening & Mechanisation in North Lincolnshire have been selected as the finalists in this section.

Other categories for the awards are: Area-Based Regeneration Community; Education and Learning; Historic Environment; Innovation; Natural Environment; Partnership; Recreation and Tourism; and Strategy and Masterplanning.

Shortlisted Diglis Water, a brownfield site on the River Severn in Worcester, has been transformed by LDA Design into a waterside mixed-use development.

Waterways Trust chief executive Roger Hanbury said: "The modern renaissance of our waterways continues apace, transforming our environment and creating business opportunities.

"All projects making the final list are excellent examples of what can be achieved with vision, commitment and partnership working."

The winners will be announced at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester on 12 March.

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