Overall Project of the Year Award 2021
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 (technology, transformation, engineering, construction & infrastructure and 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, this category does not accept entries.
View our 2020 winner below and read about their inspiring story
PROJECT: Counter Unmanned Aerial System at Heathrow
Heathrow Airport deployed a ‘bespoke set of anti-drone systems’, designed to block unmanned aerial vehicles from entering its airspace following a string of recent attempts. Designed by UK-based firm Operational Solutions, the system detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace, with the ability to locate the drone pilot and show their location, using technology from multiple manufacturers.
The fast and accurate detention of drones keeps passengers and staff safe, and minimises delays. The system is constantly being augmented as part of the business case to maintain its world leading advantage in Counter-Unmanned Aerial System technology.