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Tyne Crossing in BCI Award win

Newcastle’s New Tyne Crossing took the top civil engineering gong at last night’s British Construction Industry Awards, holding off competition from projects across the UK.

It won the major civil engineering project of the year award, for projects valued at over £50M, beating off competition from the A3 Hindhead Tunnel, Blackfriars Station redevelopment, the M53 Bidston Moss Viaduct strengthening and the Blackwall Tunnel refurbishment.

The £260M 1.5km crossing features a 400m long immersed tube tunnel and the work featured several innovations including a decision to incorporate temporary works within the permanent works for the cut and cover approaches.

Client was Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority. Designer was High Point Rendel and the contractor was Bouygues.

Also celebrating were Network Rail, Mott MacDonald and Bam Nuttall who picked up the award for civil engineering projects valued at between £3M and £50M for the rapid reconstruction of a five span rail bridge in Battersea.

The small civil engineering project award went to Taunton’s 36m span steel tied arch Third Way Bridge.

This was commissioned by Somerset County Council, designed by Flint & Neill and built by Galliford Try.

Flint & Neill also picked up the International Award for its work on Australia’s West Gate Bridge strengthening programme.

The coveted prime minister’s better public building award this year went to the Arup-designed and Skanksa-built UCH Macmillan Cancer centre in London.

The inaugural ICE President’s Award went to the European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands. It recognises excellence in a chosen theme which this year ICE President Richard Coackley set as the generation, storage and delivery of energy.

The BIM Project Application Award, went to the Victoria Station Upgrade team of Mott MacDonald, London Underground and Taylor Woodrow/Bam Nuttall.

A special award celebrating 25 years of the BCI awards went to Arup in recognition its consistent position at the heart of the greatest teams in construction.

NCE’s 40th anniversary award marking engineering’s positive impact on society, went to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Park

For full details see the awards supplement, published alongside this week’s NCE.

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