People's Choice Award: your favourite UK engineering project

The Forth Road Bridge reopening is the winner of the inaugural 2016 People’s Choice Award, voted by the people as the greatest civil engineering achievement.

12 projects from across the UK were nominated to for the People’s Choice Award 2016. This new and prestigious industry award recognises the top civil engineering project of the year. The award is the prize of prizes for civil engineering projects. Voted for by the very people that use them – that’s all of us.

Nominations for the The 2017 People’s Choice Award will open later this year.

Explore all of the 2016 project entries

See the map for summaries of all 12 projects. Explore photos, videos, details and benefits of every project via the 'Find out more' button.

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  • Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

    Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

    Project location: Rochford, Essex
    Client: RSPB
    Cost: £70m

    The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation initiative that used waste from Crossrail tunnelling to create flood protection and a wetland habitat.

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  • Nottingham Express Transit

    Nottingham Express Transit

    Project location: Nottingham
    Client: Nottingham City Council
    Cost: £570m

    The NET Phase 2 extension to the existing Greater Nottingham tram network has reduced traffic congestion, boosted public transport capacity and provided greater accessibility to jobs and public services.

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  • Lee Tunnel project

    Lee Tunnel project

    Project location: Barking, Greater London
    Client: Thames Water
    Cost: £630m

    The Lee Tunnel provides London with a 21st century sewer network by preventing 16m tonnes of sewage overflowing into the River Lee annually.

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  • Crag End landslip stabilisation

    Crag End landslip stabilisation

    Project location: Near Rothbury, Northumberland
    Client: Northumberland County Council
    Cost: £9.5m

    Complex earthworks and site dewatering formed part of the reconstruction of a 300m section of road near Rothbury, following a major landslip in December 2012.

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  • Lagan Weir footbridge

    Lagan Weir footbridge

    Project location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Client: Department for Communities
    Cost: £5m

    This footbridge links the two sides of Belfast’s River Lagan providing greater access to the heart of the city and the enabler of other regeneration projects.

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  • Manchester Victoria Station redevelopment

    Manchester Victoria Station redevelopment

    Project location: Manchester
    Client: Network Rail
    Cost: £44m

    The station kept working during the redevelopment – the centrepiece of a £1bn-plus improvement programme for rail passengers across the north. Victoria Station is one of the north’s busiest railway stations with over 7 million passengers a year, combined with a tram station.

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  • Forth Road Bridge reopening

    Forth Road Bridge reopening

    Project location: South Queensferry, Scotland
    Client: Transport Scotland
    Cost: £7m

    The iconic Forth Road Bridge was closed to traffic in December 2015 following discovery of a fractured truss end link. Engineers reopened the repaired bridge within three weeks.

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  • Thorndell Viaduct

    Thorndell Viaduct

    Project location: Bury, West Sussex
    Client: Network Rail
    Cost: £5.5m

    Reconstruction of a 58m six span iron railway viaduct in a flood plain with reinforced concrete structure during a single 76-hour period.

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  • South Devon Highway

    South Devon Highway

    Project location: Kingskerswell, Devon
    Client: Devon County Council
    Cost: £110m

    The South Devon Highway has taken traffic away from Kingskerwell village and improved access to Torbay and South Devon. Congestion and accidents have been reduced, jobs created and flood risks reduced.

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  • Harlech Castle visitor centre and footbridge

    Harlech Castle visitor centre and footbridge

    Project location: Harlech, Wales
    Client: Cadw
    Cost: £4.5m

    New visitor centre/apartments at 13th century Harlech Castle created by restoring, conserving and extending the Victorian building and linked to the castle gatehouse via an innovative yet sympathetic pedestrian footbridge.

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  • Birmingham New Street station refurbishment

    Birmingham New Street station refurbishment

    Project location: Birmingham
    Client: Network Rail
    Cost: £750m

    Major refurbishment that transforms Birmingham New Street Station into a travel, retail and leisure destination at the hub of the Britain’s rail network, serving 170,000 passengers a day.

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  • Leeds Station southern entrance

    Leeds Station southern entrance

    Project location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
    Client: Network Rail
    Cost: £20m

    State-of-the-art entrance provides a direct link to the city’s growing south bank area – saving some 20,000 passengers a day up to an hour of travelling time.

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