The transformation of London Bridge Station has received the top prize at the ICE London Awards ceremony on Thursday 25 May.
The Greatest Contribution to London Award, received by engineering firm Costain who are leading the redevelopment of the station on behalf of Network Rail, is given to the project which most beneficially impacts Londoners. The award was presented to the team by BBC London Presenter Alice Bhandhukravi and ICE President Professor Tim Broyd.
The team received the award for the construction of new platforms and a new concourse which mean more space for passengers and more frequent trains. When the redevelopment is fully complete in 2018, it will increase capacity by 65% with 15 new extra-long platforms, capable of serving up to 18 trains every hour.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I would like to congratulate all shortlisted projects in the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards, not least the team behind the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. This transformation included building a new concourse the size of Wembley Stadium: a truly remarkable feat and something which will help ensure our transport network can cope with London's rising population.
"Civil engineers are at the heart of London's success: every day we rely on their expertise to power our homes, manage our waste and get us around the capital. Without them, London would not be the thriving global city it is today."
Suzanne Moroney, ICE London Director said: "I am delighted that London Bridge Station Redevelopment has received this award. It's a project that ticks all the boxes, in terms of the benefit to Londoners, the environment and using good working practices. While we recognise there were unavoidable disruptions during the project we are in no doubt whatsoever that the result will improve commuters' lives immeasurably. This project leaves an incredible legacy for Londoners and acts as beacon of what great civil engineering can do for the capital."
The project ensures that London Bridge, the country's fourth busiest station, has better connections for the 56 million passengers who use it each year. The redesign is part of Network Rail's £7bn government funded Thameslink Project, which will increase capacity on commuter routes running through St Pancras between the north and south of the capital when fully completed in 2018.
The redevelopment involved the construction of a steel V-shaped truss to allow more room for the growing number of passengers using the station. Unusually for stations in the UK, the tracks and trains rise above the concourse with passengers circulating below a cedar-clad roof. This makes the station light and airy, making it an attractive place to visit and travel from.
The team behind the scheme were also keen on having a positive impact on London during the construction phase, partnering with local employment agencies to provide training opportunities to over 200 unemployed residents and by using new technologies and methods to reduce carbon emissions by 13%.
Over 200 guests from across the sector attended the Awards Ceremony on 25 May at the beautiful Great Hall of One Great George Street, the home of civil engineering in Westminster.
The winners are:
- Greatest Contribution to London: London Bridge Station Redevelopment
- Londonist People's Choice Award: Battersea Power Station Phase II
- Infrastructure Award in association with Carmichael: Bermondsey Dive-Under
- Best Building Award: Guy's Cancer Centre
- Innovation and Technology Award: Crossrail Liverpool Street – Tunnels and Platforms
- Community Benefit Award in association with the ICE Benevolent Fund: Hampstead Heath Ponds Project
Have a look at all the winning projects