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Hochtief's Paddington Bridge wins rail civils prize

Hochtief won the Civil Engineering Award for its Paddington Bridge project at last night's National Rail Awards 2006 in London.
The German contractor was commended by judges for displaying 'professional ingenuity, creativity and impeccable execution' on this £24M lift and launch bridge scheme delivered on time and below budget (NCE December 1 2005).Hochtief was commissioned by client Westminster City Council to replace a hodge podge of 19th century bridges with a new composite six lane structure to remove a traffic bottle neck.Carillion Rail was highly commended by the judges for its point and track renewal work at Birmingham New Street Station.Other notable winners at the rail industry's Oscars included Birse Rail for maintenance team of the year and Railway Forum director general Adrian Lyons for outstanding personal contribution.British Transport Police and London Underground's network recovery team won the judges' award for dedication to duty in the aftermath of the terror attacks on July 7 2005.

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