The Second Penang Bridge in Malaysia has been awarded the 2015 Brunel Medal from The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in recognition of excellence in civil engineering.
At 24km, the Second Penang Bridge is the longest sea crossing in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and is one of the largest sea crossing projects in the recent history of bridge construction around the world. The bridge is seismic resilient and tsunami resistant, and it will save lives in the future.
The project overcame a number of design and construction challenges, and used many innovative methods. Durability planning, life cycle costing and carbon footprint minimisation underpinned all aspects of the project. ICE judges hailed the bridge a ‘vivid example of how civil engineering can overcome the merciless forces of nature and direct its resources to sustainable use.’