Lune Aqueduct Restoration Project
The Lune Aqueduct, which carries the Lancaster Canal over the River Lune, recently underwent a major restoration programme and the project has won the Historic Environment category in the Waterways Renaissance Awards. The judging panel said about this project:
“This aqueduct is a hugely impressive work of pioneer civil engineering and neo-classical architecture. The restoration has been achieved imaginatively with sensitive designs and well-executed channel-repair and access improvements. The project also shows impressive collaboration between the partners, who involved the community from a very early stage.”
Designed by John Rennie and completed in 1797 the aqueduct is Grade I listed and is one of Lancaster’s Georgian gems and a masterpiece of civil engineering. The £2 million restoration project, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was undertaken by the Canal and River Trust in partnership with Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council. The work has involved restoring the historic masonry and brickwork, installing a new canal lining to prevent leaks, landscaping and improving access, including the creation of a small visitor car park.