Aqueduct wins ‘Oscar’ following restoration

Lune Aqueduct.
Lune Aqueduct.

The project to restore the Lune Aqueduct in Lancaster was crowned winner in the historic environment category at the recent Waterways Renaissance Awards held in Birmingham.

Led by an independent panel of experts drawn from across the engineering, environmental, architecture and regeneration sectors, the awards are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the waterways.

They aim to recognise and reward exceptional projects that have turned inland waterways into desirable places for living, learning and leisure.

Costing £2 million, the restoration of the Lune Aqueduct included the repair of the canal channel, vegetation and graffiti removal, re-pointing and masonry repairs and improvements to public access to this historically significant site. Other improvements included creation of a new access ramp and a new visitor car park.

A 600 metre stretch of towpath was also upgraded.