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Overall Project of the Year Award

Celebrate with us 20 November 2023
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Overall Project of the Year Award 

The winner of this category has now been announced. Congratulations to all our finalists in this category.

This award, the pinnacle of the ceremony, is chosen at the discretion of our judges from the four winners of the Project of the Year categories (Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure; Technology; Transformation; Social).

At the heart of every great project, is a great story; a successful project is about delivering results for the customer, the stakeholders, and the wider community. It’s about turning a vision into reality and making progressive change happen. Through the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques, a project’s objectives can be met. The Overall Project of the Year Award is the headline award, given to the project that has shown the highest level of excellence in project delivery and has maximised benefits to end users and communities.

There are four Project of the Year categories, representing different types of projects. The winner of each of these categories is eligible to win the prestigious Overall Project of the Year category, announced at the end of the ceremony. As a result, we do not accept direct entries for this category.

Winner  Future Parks Accelerator, National Trust

Congratulations to our Winner

Winner  Future Parks Accelerator, National Trust

The Future Parks Accelerator was set up by the National Trust and National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2018. Across a cohort of cities, FPA utilised agile project management and innovation incubator approaches to redefine the role of urban greenspace, placing it at the heart of plans for thriving future cities.

In these cities greenspace will serve communities most at need, delivering access to nature and its benefits, from health to climate mitigation, all underpinned by sustainable financing models. Blueprints from the programme will enable change to be delivered across the UK, with positive outcomes for people, nature and planet alike.

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Finalist  Commonwealth Games Telecommunications Infrastructure Project, Fujitsu

This project provided telecommunications infrastructure and associated services, which enabled both in-venue and Games wide connectivity, critical communications and internet access services to support the Commonwealth Games. Fujitsu had 137 working days to deliver the solution. The previous supplier had failed to deliver their obligations and were terminated in January 2022. This provided Fujitsu with limited time to deliver the project that was originally planned for 18 months; the go-live date being immovable for the Opening Ceremony on 28th July 22.

Given the successful delivery of the project by Fujitsu, to time, scope and budget, it was an immense achievement.

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Finalist  West Airspace Deployment, NATS Ltd

The West Airspace Deployment (West) is the first of a series of changes making up the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS), delivering a once in a generation change to modernise 54,000 nm2 of airspace above the UK, delivering reductions in CO2, additional capacity and efficiencies in Air Traffic Controller (ATC) workload.

One of the most technical and complex airspace projects ever undertaken by NATS, the West airspace Deployment delivered on budget in March 2023, two months earlier than scheduled whilst enabling more benefits than identified at inception.

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Finalist  Dorset Visual Impact Provision Project, National Grid

The Dorset Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project made use of a £500m allowance by Ofgem to reduce the impact of existing overhead transmission lines in English and Welsh AONBs and National Parks. It is one of the first in the world to replace part of the high-voltage electricity infrastructure with cables buried underground, permanently replacing 22 pylons over an 8.8km section near Dorchester.

A major, complex electrical and civil engineering project in an environmentally important location, it is among the most transformative, stakeholder-led projects in a generation, recognising and reclaiming our precious wild spaces and their surroundings.