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20th Anniversary Awards - The Best of the Major Projects - Building

Winner - The Eden Project

The Eden Project won the BCIA Major Project Award in 2001.

Since its opening in May 2000, this radical oasis of environmental harmony has not only become one of the UK’s best-known tourist attractions, but has also helped to kick-start the growing public awareness of and interest in environmental issues.

The £57 million visionary project was the brainchild of Tim Smit, who had a passion for plants and a dream to understand and explain their place in our world. Smit was joined by horticultural experts Peter Thoday and Philip McMillan Browse, and Cornish architect Jonathan Ball, to transform a disused waterlogged china-clay pit in Cornwall into the world’s biggest greenhouse.

Eden's geodesic-shaped biome greenhouses contain a huge range of plant species from around the world. Each is a self-supporting tubular space-frame structure infilled with ETFE panels. The original plan was to use glass, but this was ruled out due to weight.

At the time, the judges praised the project team, which included architect Grimshaw and structural engineer Anthony Hunt Associates, for overcoming considerable budget cuts and difficult ground conditions which often reduced the site to a quagmire.

The construction joint venture of Sir Robert and Alfred McAlpine also marked the two families working together for the first time since the 1970s, and actually saw the contractors lend cash to keep the project moving forward.

The Eden Project has subsequently been extended with additional biomes and, most recently, with the Core Education Centre. It continues to attract huge numbers of visitors each year.

The Best of The Best Major Projects/ Shortlist - Building

City of Manchester Stadium - Major Project High Commendation 2002
Designer: Arup Associates and Arup Sport
Contractor: Laing

Tate Modern - Prime Minister’s Award 2001

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron

HM Treasury refurbishment - Prime Minister’s Award 2003 – Finalist

Architect: Foster + Partners
Main contractor: Bovis Lendlease
Structural engineer: Waterman Partnership

Broadgate phases 1-4 - Building Winner and Overall Winner 1988

Designer: Arup Associates
Construction management: Bovis Construction
Client: Rosehaugh Stanhope Developments

Stansted Airport Terminal - Winner – Building Category and Winner – Supreme Award 1991

Design team: Foster + Partners and Arup

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