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The San Benito de Alcántara Foundation is accepting applications for the 11th edition of its International “Puente de Alcántara” Award, one of the most widely recognised and prestigious awards given in the realm of public works. Given every two years, this award goes to outstanding buildings or collections of civil engineering public works in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
The jury, made up of cultural and engineering icons from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, will assess the fundamental form of each work and its cultural, aesthetic, functional and social merits, as well as the quality of the projects submitted and the degree of innovation in their execution. It will also consider criteria related to the geographic distribution of the award in recent years.
The International “Puente de Alcántara” Award is shared between developers, designers and builders. Applications may be submitted until 31 March. Eligible for the 11th edition of the award are projects completed between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2009. Those interested in submitting projects may consult the terms and conditions of the award on the Foundation’s website at www.fundacionsanbenito.com.
The International “Puente de Alcántara” Award
The San Benito de Alcántara Foundation, headquartered at the San Benito de Alcántara convent in Cáceres, Spain, was created in 1985 by IBERDROLA, the Order of Alcántara, the provincial council, the Cáceres Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Alcántara Town Council. Caja de Extremadura and the Badajoz Chamber of Commerce also form part of the Foundation.
One of the Foundation’s first initiatives was the International “Puente de Alcántara” Award, created in 1988. The Roman Bridge of Alcántara symbolises the award, for both the advanced techniques used in its construction at the time and its economic-social function over the centuries.
Winners of previous editions of the award include representative works such as the Irapé hydroelectric facility in Minas Gerais (Brazil), the enlargement of the Madrid (Spain) underground; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spain); the Tampico bridge over the Pánuco river (Mexico); the Encarnación-Posadas bridge between Argentina and Paraguay; the Collserola communications tower in Barcelona (Spain); the Alto Lindoso and Touvedo hydroelectric plants (Portugal); the Novellana-Cadavedo motorway stretch in Asturias (Spain) and the Piedrafita bridges along the Villafranca del Bierzo-Cereixal stretch of the A-6 motorway (Spain).