Walton Bridge has been shortlisted for the annual ICE London civil engineering awards.

First conceived in 2004 by Surrey County Council, and dreamed of years prior, the bridge was built by Costain and designed by Akins.

The £32m project was completed in July 2013, replacing two temporary bridges.

A vital link between Walton and Shepperton, the 148m thrust arch bridge was hailed by councillors as vital for the economic future of the area, providing an alternative to weak load-bearing bridges impassable to heavy vehicles.

Walton Bridge has been nominated for the award because it is seen to have demonstrated innovation creativity and contributed to social value.

A panel of expert judges will spend two days travelling around London to assess each shortlisted entry.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony hosted by ICE president Geoff French on May 22 at ICE’s historic headquarters at One Great George Street.

While the news is another feather in the cap of Atkins designers, Costain recently made headlines after being found guilty of health and safety breaches when a supervisor was killed by a falling Telehandler machine as it lifted tiles.