- ACCIONA was awarded the prize in the ‘Vías Terrestres’ (Land Routes) category. The awards recognise the quality and innovative efforts of Spanish construction and engineering companies in the design and implementation of large-scale products at world level.
ACCIONA has received an award in the 16th edition of the ‘Potencia de Obras y Proyectos’ prizes. The ceremony was held yesterday 23 June in the Mandarin Oriental Ritz hotel in Madrid.
ACCIONA won a prize in the Land Routes category for one of its most emblematic international projects, the cable-stayed bridge at Cebu that the company recently designed and built in the Philippines. The bridge was also opened recently.
Deputy Design Manager for the Project Laura Granda received the prize on behalf of ACCIONA.
The ‘Potencia de Obras y Proyectos’ Prizes recognise efforts in the quality and innovation areas of Spanish construction and engineering companies in the design and implementation of large-scale projects at world level. They reward innovation and the evolution of a sector that has faced crises and new challenges such as sustainability or the explosion of the digital society and has been able to provide a response to all of them.
The prize-giving ceremony was attended by a number of personalities and institutions from the infrastructure sector. The Jury, presided by SEOPAN and the National Construction Federation (CNC), also included managers from the equipment fleets of the biggest constructors in the country and the main sectoral associations.
The cable-stayed bridge at Cebu (Philippines)
The project, awarded in 2017 to a consortium involving ACCIONA, has become one of the most emblematic bridges in the Philippines and one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country. It involved the design and construction of a 650-metre-long cable-stayed bridge as the main structure, with a central span of 390 metres between the supporting pylons over the canal that is the gateway to the port of Cebu. The new infrastructure also contains a number of viaducts and a new section of roadway along a 5.2-kilometre-long embankment.
Construction work on the bridge started in July 2018 following the approval of the design by the client, and it opened to traffic on 27 April this year. Overall, more than 2,500 indirect and direct jobs were created in the area during the construction phase.
The entry into service of the bridge means greatly improved traffic management in the area, relieving the previous congestion on the existing bridges by connecting the city of Cebu – the most important economic and trading centre in the Philippines after the capital, Manila – with Mactan Island via Cordova.
It also means the opening of a new connection between the industrial area of Cebu and Mactan International Airport, as well as to new urban developments on the island in Cordova, creating a strategic new route and a stimulating element for the local economy.