ICE People's Choice Award 2019 winner revealed

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong section project scooped the top prize by receiving the most votes from the public.

The 2019 ICE People
The 2019 ICE People's Choice winners.

The Hong Kong section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) has won the 2019 ICE People’s Choice Award.

The annual competition recognises civil engineering projects that have made a positive impact on their local communities, with the final winner decided by a global public vote.

The longest combined bridge and tunnel sea crossing in the world, the 55-kilometre-long HZMB connects Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao, reducing the distance and travel time between the three cities.

It has created a one-hour ‘living circle’ in the Pearl River Delta region, boosting the Greater Bay Area’s economic development and enhancing Hong Kong’s position as a hub.

The Hong Kong section of the project involved the construction of the Hong Kong Port and the Hong Kong Link Road, which connects the port with the main bridge.

A mega project 'visible from space'

Paul Sheffield, ICE’s new President, announced the winner and presented the award at his inaugural presidential address at the Institution in London on Tuesday.

Congratulating the project, Seán Harris, ICE Director of Membership, said: “Visible from space, this is a true mega-project and one which has rightly been voted as the winner of the People's Choice Award 2019.”

He continued:“HZMB creates a close-knit, better designed integrated transport system which will enhance the lives of residents and travellers, ensuring that with greater prosperity comes a greater capacity to care for nascent communities in the region and for the environment which supports them.”

Winner's reaction

Reacting to the win, Chris K.P. Wong, Project Manager / Major Works (Special Duties) of the Highways Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said:

“The uniqueness of this infrastructure lies not only in the engineering feats, but also in bringing the three cities, including Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao, much closer and thus enhancing the prosperity and economic development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

"We are honoured that the mega project has won this prestigious award. It recognises the culmination of hard endeavour and unyielding steadfastness of all those who have contributed to achieving this engineering wonder."

The People’s Choice Award 2019 shortlist

The other nine projects that were up for this year’s award were:

  • Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project Phase 2
  • Deephams Sewage Treatment Work major upgrade project
  • Children’s Hybrid Cardiac Theatre and Intraoperative MRI project at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Newark Waste and Water Improvement project phases 1 & 2
  • The Shed
  • Northern Spire
  • Stronelairg and Melgrave substations
  • Telford Footbridge replacement
  • Wool Old Bridge restoration
Read more about all the projects here.
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