HEROIC ENDEAVOURS in constructing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 2 were last week rewarded when the contract 103 team scooped the British Construction Industry Major Project Award.
Contract 103 involved threading the high-speed route across a congested swathe of industrial land north of the St Pancras International terminus.
In front of an audience of senior industry figures, awards presenter Jon Snow said that the judges had been dazzled by the £150M project's scale and complexity.
The CTRL emerges from tunnels at the north east of the site, crosses the East Coast Main Line (ECML) on a steel truss bridge and climbs onto an embankment leading to St Pancras Station at the south west corner.
Branching from this, a flying junction was built, linking into the North London Line (NLL).
A chord linking the ECML with the NLL had to be rebuilt to make way for the CTRL lines.
And cutting through all this, two tunnels were excavated for Network Rail's Thameslink route.
The project was executed to time and budget thanks to an 'admirable management structure with highly impressive integration of the entire team, from client through to subcontractor'.
Client was Union Railways (North), principal designer Rail Link Engineering and contractor Kier/Nuttall joint venture.
Replacement of the Bishop's Bridge at Paddington, west London, scooped the BCI award for civil engineering. 'This ingenious solution was a brilliant response to the challenge of building a four-lane viaduct to replace an assortment of narrow bridges strung across 14 main line rail tracks, two Underground lines, a canal and a sewer, ' the judges summarised.
Client was Westminster City Council with BAA and Network Rail, designers Cass Haywood and Scott Wilson, and contractor was Hochtief.
Winner of the small civil engineering project award was the £3M Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) breakwater at Cowes.
Client was RYS, designer Walcon Marine and contractor was Dean & Dyball Construction.
This was 'a small project with full-scale marine works challenges', the judges enthused.
Other notable civil engineering coups included the £14.9M Lewes sewerage improvement, which won the BCIA best practice category. Salcey treetop walk in Northamptonshire won the environmental award.
For full details of the awards, see the Awards supplement published with NCE this week.