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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Looking for inspiration? View our 2020 winner and finalists below


PROJECT: Defence Equipment and Support, MOD: The delivery of HMS Prince of Wales and completion of the QEC Programme
ENTERED BY: Laura Guppy

The delivery of the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier to the Royal Navy in 2019, marked the completion of the UK’s largest and most complex warship build programme delivered both on time and within 3% of the cost forecast in 2013.

This was achieved through:

  • Overcoming extraordinary challenges unique in its scale and complexity;
  • High levels of project management professionalism, determination and an ethos of “Best for Project” and Enterprise decision making;
  • Learning lessons from Ship 1 and embedding them into Ship 2.

This iconic project will deliver benefits across the nation, both now and in decades to come.



PROJECT: Balfour Beatty Rail: The Greater West Electrification Project (TGW) 
ENTERED BY: Jasmine Ede

Balfour Beatty Rail has successfully completed The Greater West (TGW) electrification project between Cardiff and Bristol Parkway on behalf of long-term strategic customer, Network Rail. Balfour Beatty’s contribution formed part of Network Rail’s overall Great Western electrification programme running between London Paddington and Cardiff Central which was the largest electrification investment that the UK railway network has ever seen.

Balfour Beatty completed the electrification of the 40-mile route between Bristol Parkway and Cardiff Central in line with the customer’s key commissioning dates and a national timetable change. The completion of the project will see lasting benefits to its customers including an increased train service frequency, reduced journey times and a significant contribution to the long-term decarbonization of the railway.


PROJECT: Severn Trent Water: Birmingham Resilience Programme 
ENTERED BY: Hayley Gladstone

The Birmingham Resilience Project is the largest, most challenging infrastructure project Severn Trent Water has ever undertaken. This £300M project will provide an alternative supply of water to Birmingham and so enable vital maintenance of the Victorian era aqueduct from Elan Valley in Wales, which supplies the majority of the city’s water.

Work included construction of a River Severn intake, a 26km pipeline and a water treatment facility. Involving over 900 people, working across diverse locations, it required complex integration with the existing infrastructure without causing any impact to customer supply.


PROJECT: Sellafield Ltd: Alpha Remediation
ENTERED BY: Mark Williams

Sellafield is the UK’s most complex nuclear site. Our mission is to safely and securely reduce the hazards of our nuclear legacy, which is nationally important and poses a number of challenges. Sellafield’s remediation demands the highest levels of project and engineering professionalism –due to the congestion and complexity resulting from the site’s rich history over several decades. 

This submission describes a nuclear decommissioning project which changed how work is undertaken in the challenging conditions of an alpha radiation contaminated plant area which will undoubtedly shape the future for alpha decommissioning.

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