A team of four students from the University of Sheffield’s department of civil and structural engineering has won this year’s Yorkshire & Humberside Timber Trades Association prize for the best design using timber.

The team developed an environmentally informed design for a footbridge across a dual carriageway in an urban setting. The structure centres on a 53m glulam timber arch and spans 60m in total.

The team discovered that timber material and construction costs were lower than with steel or concrete and also the construction techniques enabled the bridge to be built without closing the carriageway.

The students were presented with their prizes on June 20 by Lindsey Gresham, managing director of Frank Gresham & Co and Gordon Gray, managing director of Jewson Internal Timber Supply.