The £700M replacement and extension of the East London Line has been awarded the top trophy at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2011.
The East London Line project, constructed through 10km of congested urban landscape between Dalston and New Cross Gate down to West Croydon, involved laying innovative new tracks, installing modern signalling and telecoms equipment whilst repairing and making use of existing Victorian walls, viaducts and tunnels, including the historic Brunel Tunnels and Kingsland Viaduct. Four new stations, a concrete viaduct and a steel bridge near Liverpool Street were also built.
Ahead of schedule
The project, a collaborative effort between Balfour Beatty Carillion joint venture, Parsons Brinckerhoff, URS-Scott Wilson, Tony Gee and Mott MacDonald was delivered ahead of schedule and also received the Community Award in addition to winning the overall award.
Twelve infrastructure and building projects were shortlisted for the ICE annual awards, which were sponsored by Mott MacDonald and Ramboll. Five projects received honours including Barclays Cycle Hire, the London 2012 Velodrome, the Thames Barrier and the National Tennis Centre’s new Sports Canopy.
“I am thrilled these major transport schemes have been embraced by Londoners”
London mayor Boris Johnson said: “The extension of the East London Line means Londoners can now whizz from one side of the city to the other and Barclays Cycle hire has been a massive success with nearly three million journeys taking place on the blue bikes. I am thrilled these major transport schemes have been embraced by Londoners, to be honoured with a civil engineering award on top of that really is the icing on the cake.”
ICE London director Miranda Housden added: “All of the winning projects benefit Londoners and visitors to London, showcasing the vital contribution that civil engineers make to the life of the city. I congratulate all involved.”
Projects were judged on criteria such as innovation, creativity, sustainability, health and safety and social value.
Previous winners include the London 2012 Olympic Park and Heathrow Terminal 5A.
A four week exhibition of all twelve shortlisted schemes will take place from 9 May - 4 June at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT.