A league table showcasing 100 of the most innovative infrastructure projects from around the world by auditing giant KPMG, highlights seven from the UK.
The Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, published today, includes the Thames Tunnel sewer and the Mersey Gateway.
Five regional judging panels from around the world, assessed hundreds of submissions on criteria ranging from: feasibility, social impact, technical and financial complexity, innovation and impact on society. There are 10 project categories, including urban mobility, global connectivity, urban regeneration, education, healthcare, water, new and extended cities, recycling and waste management, urban energy and communications.
The full list of UK schemes in the top 100 is: Edinburgh Food Waste, Scotswood Urban Regeneration in Newcastle, the Mersey Gateway, UWE New Campus in Bristol, Brixton Solar One in London, the Thames Tideway sewer tunnel and the Royal London Hospital, both in London.
North America dominates top infrastructure development with 25 projects named among the most innovative ventures, closely followed by Asia-Pacific (20); Europe (17); Middle-East (17); South America (15) and Africa (6), according to the report.
Top 10 projects (one from each category)
Urban Mobility: East Side Access, New York City, United States of America
Global Connectivity: Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Delhi to Mumbai, India
Urban Regeneration: Oresund Regional Development, Denmark and Sweden
Education: Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University for Women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Healthcare: Royal London Hospital, London, UK
Water: Tuas II Desalination Plant, Tuas, Singapore
New and Extended Cities: Tianjin Eco City, Tianjin, China
Recycling and Waste Management: Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, Kranji to Changi, Singapore
Urban Energy Infrastructure: Cidade Inteligente, Búzios, Brazil
Communications Infrastructure: BRICS Cable Project, South Africa and Mauritius