Choose your waterway heroes!

There is just one month to go to nominate someone for the so-called inland waterway Oscars.

There is just one month to go to nominate someone for the so-called inland waterway Oscars.

The Waterways Renaissance Awards recognise the best waterway development schemes around the country.

The final prizes are handed out at a glitzy ceremony in London, with celebrities such as waterways enthusiast John Craven and others present. The awards are organised by The Waterways Trust and BURA.

Craven, who is vice-president of The Waterways Trust, said: “These awards have honoured some of the most innovative, inspired and imaginative waterway regeneration schemes of the last three years – schemes that have delivered social, economic, educational and environmental benefits to their local communities.”

The ten categories include two new classifications for 2006:

Innovation (new for 2006) – sponsored by ARUP
Strategy & Masterplanning (new for 2006) – sponsored by the Wood Wharf Limited Partnership
Area-based Regeneration – sponsored by Land & Water Group
Community – sponsored by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Design & Construction – sponsored by ISIS Waterside Regeneration
Education & Learning – sponsor Regeneration & Renewal
Historic Environment – sponsored by Historic Scotland
Natural Environment – sponsored by English Nature
Partnership – sponsored by Morrison Construction Services Ltd
Recreation & Tourism – sponsored by S&N Pub Enterprises

Entries in all categories must meet the following general criteria:

Be located on, or immediately adjacent to, a navigable inland waterway in the UK;
Be innovative and inspiring, providing the catalyst for other projects or schemes;
Meet the objectives of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic;
Enhance the use and enjoyment of the waterway;
Demonstrate active participation by an appropriate range of partners;
Demonstrate a proven track record of success

To submit an entry, visit and follow the online entry process. Alternatively call BURA on 0207 539 4030 or email

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 5 October 2005.


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