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Inaugural Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award summit launches

The inaugural Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award summit was taking place at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel this morning. 

The conference was kicked off by NCE editor Antony Oliver, who introduced keynote speaker Network Rail managing director for infrastructure projects Simon Kirby. Kirby spoke at length on the upgrade of the rail network, including the Thameslink project in London.

The summit then divided into two separate streams across two rooms: civil engineering and building, chaired by Oliver and Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of Architects’ Journal, respectively.

Both featured case studies on projects which had been shortlisted for last year’s Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award presentded at the British Construction Industry Awards. They included, the King’s Cross station refurbishment and the Taunton Third Way bridge.

The afternoon will feature further speeches, including one from Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office. A team representing last year’s winner, the UCH Macmillan Cancer centre, will also present a keynote case study, as will Andrew Wolstenholme, the chief executive of Crossrail.


  • The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award Summit is at the Park Plaza Victoria, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V1EQ

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