BIRMINGHAM'S SELFRIDGES store and a box-jacked tunnel beneath the M1 in Northampton have shared the 2004 ICE Midlands' project award.
Judges said the 'highly visible' department store carried the same level of ingenuity as the 'invisible' underpass and they could not choose between them.
The innovative use of sprayed concrete in constructing the Selfridges store was commended by judges. Laing O'Rourke was main contractor for the £44M project.
Meanwhile the £6M underpass on the M1 was the first time box jacking had been used beneath a live motorway in the UK. Designer was Halcrow with Nuttall as main contractor.
ICE Midlands regional manager Steve Feeley said that the project was 'an immense achievement which demonstrates the challenges that civil engineers face in maintaining and improving the infrastructure we need to survive and prosper'.
'Engineers are continually innovating means to repair and improve our infrastructure with minimal disruption to the public. This is an excellent example of what we should shout about, ' he added.
Restoration of Edstone Aqueduct received the heritage award. Client and designer British Waterways and contractor AWG were commended for their use of temporary works which allowed the canal to be used during construction.
The ingenuity award went to the River Meece underbridge deck reconstruction. The existing bridge deck which carries the West Coast Main Line over the Meece was demolished and replaced with a new 400t deck during a 130-hour possession.
Burton Farm recycling centre received the environmental award. The former landfill site was remodelled to provide recycling facilities to help Warwickshire County Council meet its recycling targets.
Since opening in summer 2003, 60% of incoming waste has been recycled.