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The final furlong

EVENTS: Another massive entry for this year's British Construction Industry Awards has been whittled down to a final shortlist across six prestigious categories.

The revamped awards, featuring for the first time the new Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building, attracted 229 entries including ten from overseas. The shortlist represents the best of the best designs completed last year.

The judges, led by Sir Stuart Lipton, Stanhope chief executive and chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, will now start the detailed process of visiting and examining each of the finalists.

As usual, the BCIA attracted a huge variety of entries from projects spanning the entire built environment. The shortlisted projects range from the small but beautifully crafted Plashet School Footbridge in London to the massively complex Euston Area Remodelling Project by Railtrack.

High profile projects litter the shortlist, including the breathtaking Eden Project botanical garden in Cornwall, the British Museum's much discussed Queen Elizabeth II Great Court and the everpopular Tate Modern conversion of the Bankside power station.

And there are some great examples of construction working in the community, particularly evident in the small projects category including the March Library in Cambridgeshire, the music schools and auditorium at Shrewsbury School and the indoor cricket centre at Edgbaston.

But it also includes some excellent examples of traditional civil engineering and infrastructure, often on a massive scale.

These projects include Railtrack's Proof House Junction Remodelling, the M2 Medway Bridge strengthening and the Gatwick Airport Runway Rehabilitation.

Overseas projects this year include the new British Embassy in Berlin and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.

All of the shortlisted public buildings and infrastructure projects are also shortlisted in the new Prime Minister's Award. This will reward the project which gives both excellent value for money and instills great pride in its community and users.

The Best Practice Award is the second government-backed category, this time by the government's Construction Best Practice Programme. This rewards the construction team from a shortlisted project which demonstrated the best team working and highest commitment to efficiency gains.

Judging is set to start in early August and continue through to the autumn. Winners will be revealed at a gala awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel in London on 24 October at which the trophies and certificates will be presented by a government minister.

THE JUDGES Chairman: Sir Stuart Lipton, Stanhope chief executive and chairman of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Vice chairman: Sir Joe Dwyer, president of the Institution of Civil Engineers Peter Andrews, managing director, Jackson Civil Engineering Paul Finch, publishing director of The Architects' Journal Peter Head, chief executive of Maunsell Tim Llewellyn, joint managing director of the Llewellyn Group Sunand Prasad of Penoyre & Prasad Jane Priestman OBE, design management consultant representing The Daily Telegraph Mike Winney, editor emeritus, New Civil Engineer Bryan Jefferson, architectural adviser to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport Bob McGowan, chairman of Scott Wilson Group Alan Crane, chairman of the Movement for Innovation Board

SMALL PROJECT AWARD Sponsored by Thomas Telford For projects of up to £3M in value Total entries: 55 Shortlisted:

Plashet School Footbridge, London E6 CASPAR Project, Birmingham March Library, Cambridgeshire Black Dog Hill Bridge, A4, Calne, Wiltshire Marine Transfer Facility, Isle of Wight Indoor Cricket Centre, Edgbaston Mercury Bridge, Richmond, North Yorkshire Shrewsbury School, Music School and Auditorium Relief Channel Lock, Denver, Norfolk

BUILDING AWARD Sponsored by BSI For projects up to £50M in value Total entries: 60 Shortlisted:

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University Peckham Library, London Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Glasgow Science Centre Wessex Water Operations Centre, Claverton, Bath Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London Toyota (GB) Plc, UK Headquarters, Epsom, Surrey Science Museum, London Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College, Oxford

CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD Sponsored by Beresford Blake Thomas For projects up to £50M in value Total entries: 28 Shortlisted:

A253 Ramsgate Harbour Approach Road Proof House Junction Remodelling Mile End Park, London M2 Medway Bridge Strengthening & Refurbishment, Rochester, Kent Project Orwell, Ipswich Gatwick Airport Runway Rehabilitation Seafield WWTW, Edinburgh HMNB Portsmouth, Western Jetties Refurbishment Newark Dyke Rail Underbridge Reconstruction, Nottinghamshire

MAJOR PROJECT Sponsored by Marshalls For projects over £50M in value Total entries: 23 Shortlisted:

Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, British Museum Joint Services Command & Staff College, Watchfield, Swindon Eden Project, Cornwall Almond Valley, Seafeld and Esk Project, Edinburgh Tate Modern, London Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle Lloyd's Register of Shipping, London Croydon Tramlink Euston Area Remodelling Project, London

INTERNATIONAL AWARD Sponsored by PriceWaterhouse Coopers Total entries: 10 Shortlisted:

Sungai Dinding Bridge Project, Malaysia Angwa City, Zimbabwe Al Faisaliah Centre, Saudi Arabia New British Embassy, Berlin Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

THE PRIME MINISTER'S AWARD FOR BETTER PUBLIC BUILDING Sponsored by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Total entries: 53 Shortlisted:

Plashet School Footbridge, London March Library, Cambridgeshire Peckham Library, London A253 Ramsgate Harbour Approach Rd Mile End Park, London Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, British Museum Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle Joint Services Command & Staff College, Watchfield, Swindon Almond Valley, Seafeld and Esk Project, Edinburgh Tate Modern, London

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