A Cornish marine contractor is one of three companies in the UK to be shortlisted for the Bridge Maintenance Contractor Award.

ScaffFloat, which is based in Bissom near Penryn, will contest Network Rail and Balfour Beatty at this year's national Bridge Awards.

On the shortlisting, Toby Budd, MD of ScaffFloat, said: "It’s another great recognition of how far ScaffFloat has come in just a few short years, and it shows the level of respect we now have in the construction and civils industry."

The company has developed an innovative floating platform from standard scaffolding, revolutionising water-based civil engineering projects.

The ScaffFloat technology has been employed in numerous massive infrastructure projects across the UK, most recently in the replacement of 300 tons of rail bridge spans in North Wales.

Mr Budd praised his team for tackling the challenges of installing a suspended scaffold, which can be tricky over water or in soft mud areas.

The use of the ScaffFloat system allows bridges to be maintained more efficiently, safely, and cost-effectively.

There are approximately 15,000 structures constructed over water in the UK, all requiring constant maintenance and a reliable access system.

This innovation has earned ScaffFloat a nomination in the Bridge Maintenance Contractor category at this year's Bridge Awards.

A winner will be decided at the finals, which take place in London this July.

The panel of judges includes academia, engineers, consultants, and representatives from the public and private sectors, such as Transport for London, the Department for Infrastructure, and National Highways.