Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Project of the Year Award 2021

Our highly sought-after project of the year categories are designed to recognise project excellence, both in delivery and outcomes. There are four project of the year award categories, representing different types of projects. The winners of each of these awards are entered into the prestigious overall project of the year category, of which there is one winner.  

The engineering, construction and infrastructure project of the year award is given to the team whose project demonstrates the most effective use of project management and the greatest benefits and outcomes to end users in engineering, construction and infrastructure projects of any scale across all sectors.  

We require entrants to all project of the year categories to produce a submission of up to 3,000 words detailing how they have met the judging criteria for that category. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphics only (no text apart from captions). Video and audio is not accepted as part of the submission. 

The project of the year categories all consist of two stages, the first stage is the written submission mentioned above and the second stage requires all finalists to present virtually to a panel of judges. Projects from all sectors, and from across the globe, may apply.

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  FINALIST  

PROJECT: Hythe Ranges Sea Defences 
ENTERED BY: Environment Agency 

A major flood defence scheme contributing to the protection of >14,500 homes, a nuclear power station, critical national infrastructure and prime agricultural land against the threat of climate change and rising sea levels. This project has embraced new ideas and opportunities to outperform the business case and redefine how carbon savings and environmental enhancements can be delivered, including a number of UK firsts. The project has been at the vanguard of the Environment Agency's target of becoming a net zero organisation by 2030, with over 1,660t CO2e direct savings and pioneering use of new materials including low-carbon concrete. 

  FINALIST  

PROJECT: Boston Barrier Project – Tidal Barrier 
ENTERED BY: Environment Agency and Turner & Townsend  

The town of Boston has a history of tidal flooding (1953, 1978 and most recently 2013) and is at significant risk from further events in the future. A major tidal surge event on the 5th of December 2013 affected more than 800 properties, severely impacting this community. The Environment Agency (EA) responded with the approx. £110 million Boston Barrier project, which is set to reduce the tidal flood risk from a 1 in 50 to 1 in 300 chance of occurring in any given year for a period of 100 years.  

  FINALIST  

PROJECT: Fukushima Reactor Investigation Project 
ENTERED BY: Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) Limited and MIGSO|PCUBED 

Development of a novel, high technology solution to understand the nature of the damage caused during the earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daichi Reactor Unit 2 in 2011. The Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) Investigation (PCVI) project required the development of leading-edge technology using unique engineering solutions and employing a novel side entry method to access the PCV. The project management challenge was to accelerate this project, overcoming the most complex challenges, to meet the requirements of the Japanese government to speed up the remediation of the Fukushima site and allow residents to return to their homes and properties. 

Credited: Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) Limited

  FINALIST  

PROJECT: New National Maritime Systems Centre (NMSC) at QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park (PTP) 
ENTERED BY: QinetiQ 

The new National Maritime Systems Centre (NMSC) at QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park (PTP) in Portsmouth completed construction in September 2020 and the population of the new building with staff and tenants completed April 2021. The £30M investment was conducted in conjunction with the Royal Navy and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The NMSC building is a four floor mixed-use building supporting space for 160 QinetiQ desk spaces, eight specialist defence test and trials laboratories with a variety of security classifications, an auditorium and a restaurant in the West wing and 200 desk spaces for tenants in the East wing.

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