The redevelopment of London Bridge Station was recognised for its creativity, innovation, economic and social benefit at the annual British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) last night.
The project, named Transport Project of the Year, won the ICE 200 award, sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers. The award recognised the project or initiative that best demonstrated how the construction industry benefits people's daily lives.
The BCI Awards, jointly organised by New Civil Engineer and the ICE, run each year to recognise the industry’s achievements and excellence in construction and delivery.
Complex but well-planned
Speaking about the project, the judging panel said despite being hugely complicated, it was well-planned, with clear outcomes understood by all in the supply chain. They were impressed by the use of offsite manufacturing and the use of existing structures to create an impressive interface.
Stephen Metcalfe, Year of Engineering Government Envoy, was part of the judging panel and presented the ICE 200 award at the dinner on 10 October in London.
“I was very impressed by the quality and commitment shown by all those nominated in this year’s awards. Engineering helps to shape the world around us and it’s exciting to see such a range of projects that impacting on people’s lives.
“The redevelopment of London Bridge Station has been an excellent example of successful engineering design and construction, the effects of which will be felt by generations to come.”
Blending the old with the new
Rachel Skinner, ICE Vice President, was also on the judging panel. She said:
"In a year that's seen the Institution celebrate 200 years of civil engineering excellence, it's equally important that we look at projects which are helping transform people’s lives today and in the future.
“The transformation of the station is a masterclass in creative and innovative engineering, blending the old with the new in a way that reflects the project’s functional and aesthetic heritage while also looking ahead to cater for future need.
"Even before its full re-opening, the new station quickly became an integral part of the vibrant London Quarter and surrounding Southbank area.”
Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail programme director for the Thameslink Programme, added:
“We were able to truly innovate during the reconstruction of London Bridge, using off-site manufacturing and incorporating many of the existing historic features, while keeping the station open throughout the duration of the work.
"The phased nature of the re-build helped to ensure benefits were progressively felt by passengers, right up to the point of completion.”
Collaboration was 'instrumental' to success
Costain's James Elford, project director for the London Bridge Station redevelopment, said:
"2018 is the conclusion of a remarkable scheme that has benefitted the travelling public, local community and businesses alike, and to deliver such a landmark redevelopment so successfully is testament to the capability of the project team and the wider UK construction industry.
"The collaboration between the key delivery partners along with a wide range of stakeholders and supply chain teams has been absolutely instrumental to the success of the project and I am pleased so many were able to share the accolade at the awards ceremony.
"I feel we have lived up to the vision set in 2012 to ‘proudly work together, improving lives and serving London.’"
The project was part of the Thameslink Programme and aimed at transforming one of the capital’s most heavily used interchanges.
The completion of the project in January 2018 marked the end of six years of major works.