Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Can you pick the best from 20 years of winning projects?

BCIA Awards - What has been the best construction project over the last 20 years? You can decide from a shortlist of 13 put together by this year's British Construction Industry Awards judges.

This year is the 20 th anniversary of the British Construction Industry Awards. To mark the occasion, the best of the winners of the Civil Engineering and Building categories from the last 20 years will be honoured with a special award at the gala awards dinner in London on 10 October.

Eleven eminent judges representing the cream of the construction industry will gather ahead of the dinner to pick the winners from a shortlist of 13, chosen by this year's BCIA judging panel.

But they need your help.

Over the next 13 weeks NCE is calling you, its readers, to vote for what you think was the greatest project of the last 20 years.

Starting this week with all 13 shortlisted schemes, we will eliminate one scheme a week before a nal showdown in NCE on 4 October. The judges will then convene and we will nd out on 10 October if the popular vote will carry the day. So get voting - tell us your favourite by emailing hollie. mitchell@emap.com. Just put BCIA and the project name of your choice in the subjectfield.

Thanks for voting!

Civil Engineering

Cardiff Bay Barrage Major Project Award 2000

High Commendation The transformation of Cardiff Bay's tidal mudats into a freshwater lake by building a 1.1km barrage was praised by BCIA judges as a catalyst for the regeneration of the bay area. Seven years on, a thriving waterfront development illustrates the success of a project that involved some major civil engineering challenges.

Main contractor was a Balfour Beatty and Costain joint venture, principal designer was Gibb, architect Alsop & Stormer and client Cardiff Bay Development Corporation.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 1 Major Project Winner 2004

The £1.9bn project has been hailed as the first high speed railway line to be built in Britain for a century. The 76km of high speed rail track from Fawkham Junction on the outskirts of London to the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone has cut the journey time between London and Paris to 2h 35 minutes. The judges praised the project team that included designers Rail Link Engineering (Bechtel, Arup, Halcrow and Systra) and contractors including Alfred McAlpine/Amec, Miller Civil Engineering, Balfour Beatty and Mowlem for delivering the project to programme.

Jubilee Line Extension

Major Project Special Award 2000 London's Jubilee Line Extension opened in 1999 was given a special award at BCIA 2000 for 'the pursuit of architectural and engineering excellence in public transport'.

Seven years later, passenger numbers on the line extension to east London have soared. Stations along the route are still being lauded as a tour de force in public transport architecture. Under the design philosophy of the project architect Roland Paoletti, the stations were conceived as huge cathedral like spaces that allowed natural light to pour down into the basement spaces.

Second Severn Crossing Supreme Award 1996

The 5km crossing of the Severn Estuary was hailed as a 'stunning' piece of architecture that gives no hint of the major engineering and construction challenges that had to be overcome to make it happen. The £300M privately financed structure completed on time and to budget, is a central cable stayed bridge across the navigation channel linked to each shore by two approach viaducts. The project was designed, built and operated by the John Laing-led consortium Severn River Crossing Plc as a 'flagship' PFI project.

Sizewell B Power Station Civil Engineering Project and Supreme Award 1994

Building Sizewell B pressurised water reactor (PWR) power station on the Suffolk coast to time and to budget was hailed by the BCIA judges as a 'staggering achievement'. At the heart of the project lies the cylindrical 70m high double skinned building that houses the reactor pressure vessel. The structure also has a 6mmthick gas-tight steel inner lining, the design, fabrication and erection of which was contracted separately to Cleveland Structural Engineering. John Laing Construction was main contractor.

Britannia project, Central North Sea Best Practice Project Award 1999

The Britannia offshore gas project was an early demonstration of how partnering in the construction industry could reap benefits in terms of beating the budget and saving time.

Under the partnering arrangement between clients Conoco and Chevron, main contractor Amec, drilling contractor KCA and fabricators Kvaerner and Odebrecht, there was collective pain or gain according to how the project performed. As a result, the project was delivered £300M under its £1.5bn budget and commissioned in August 1998 two months ahead of schedule.

Channel Tunnel Special Award - Outstanding Feat of Civil Engineering 1994

The Channel Tunnel was the realisation of a 200-year dream to connect England and France and the hyperbole used to describe the project has included 'the civil engineering project of the century'. Achievements in this project include a 50km triple bore tunnel, 39km of which is undersea - making it the longest undersea tunnel in the world. The construction consortium Transmanche Link included Balfour Beatty, Bouygues, Costain, Taylor Woodrow and Tarmac.

Building City of Manchester Stadium Major Project - High Commendation 2002

The Wembley Stadium project was mired in delays and went massively over budget and while the arguments raged on a new stadium in Manchester was delivered with minimum fuss.

An old steel and gas works on a site known as Eastlands was levelled out from its 6m natural ground slope and a running track was laid.

The £80M stadium was designed by Arup Associates and Arup Sport and built by Laing.

Eden Project Major Project Winner 2001

A waterlogged china clay pit in Cornwall was transformed into the world's biggest greenhouse under the £57.4M Eden project.

Judges praised the project team including architect Grimshaw and structural engineer Anthony Hunt Associates for overcoming a considerable budget cut to £57.4M and difficult ground conditions which often reduced the construction 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.

Tate Modern Prime Minister's Award 2001

Transforming a disused brick monolith into the world's most visited art gallery was a 'brilliantly conceived' project especially given the fact that demolition of the 1951 Bankside power station would have been the easier option.

But the Tate opted to convert the power station designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and set up an international design competition that was won by Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron.

HM Treasury refurbishment Prime Minister's Award 2003 - Finalist

The £90M refurbishment of the HM Treasury saw the complex maze of ofces, corridors and small enclosed spaces in the 100-year-old building replaced with modern open plan ofces surrounding a courtyard.

Main contractor was Bovis Lendlease, architect Foster & Partners, structural engineer Waterman Partnership. The private consortium Exchequer Partnership is operating the building under a 35-year concession before it will be handed back to the Treasury.

Broadgate phases 1-4

Building Winner - Overall Winner 1988

The 165,000m 2 ofce-led development around a central square next to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London was a ground breaking project that still touches chords about changing the construction industry for the better.

Designs from Arup Associates had to be fully complete before construction started as well as 70% of bids for packages of work.

Innovative construction management techniques from Bovis Construction were used to enable the client Rosehaugh Stanhope Developments to retain tight client control on the project.

Stansted Airport Terminal Winner - The Building Category Winner - The Supreme Award 1991

The terminal building was admired by the BCIA judges as an 'object lesson' in marrying engineering and architectural design and 16 years later it is still admired as a design that has not dated. Critics cite the Stansted terminal as ahead of its time in terms of lightweight construction that maximises use of natural daylight.

The design team was Foster & Partners and Arup and project architect was Spencer de Grey.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.