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Record entries again for popular BCI awards

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A RECORD 226 projects have been submitted for the British Construction Industry Awards 2004. The total comfortably exceeds the previous maximum of 194 set in 2000 when Millennium projects swelled the entry.

Of the 212 UK projects entered 138 will be assessed for the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building. This is open to buildings and civil works of any size commissioned by central or local government and by grant-aided organisations.

The search for the winners begins on 18 May when the judging team, led by Network Rail chief executive John Armitt, meets to shortlist the projects.

Entries by category are: International 14; Major Project (over £50M) 17; Building (£3M-£50M) 82;

Civil Engineering (£3M-£50M) 19.

Small Project (under £3M) has been split for 2004 into Small Building, which attracted 69 entries, and Small Civil Engineering for which 25 projects are competing.

The increased entry reflects new special awards on offer this year thanks to input from the dozen major sponsors and nearly 100 supporting organisations.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 28 October at a Gala Awards Dinner in London.

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