Engineering project awards officially open

The winning project of this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards was Birmingham New Street station, Credit: ICE

The winning project of this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards, Birmingham New Street station, is in the running to become the UK’s most popular civil engineering project.

Voting opens online today for the ICE People’s Choice Award, enabling those who have benefited from investment in their local communities to vote on what are often described as the UK’s greatest civil engineering achievements this year.

Birmingham New Street station is one of 12 nominated projects from across the UK and the public have until November 30 to decide on their favourite. The winning infrastructure project will be announced in January 2017.

The project was a considerable refurbishment, transforming the old Birmingham New Street station into an 'iconic travel, retail, and leisure destination at the hub of Britain’s rail network' serving up to 170,000 passengers a day.

The new-look station was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2015, and features a new atrium over a huge passenger concourse - five times the size of London Euston’s.It is characterised by brighter platforms, improved entrances, a range of new facilities and an abundance of natural light over the new concourse.

Stephen Ashton, engineering director said:

"We are very proud to have worked in collaboration with our partner organisations to have delivered this iconic station, which has made such a positive impact in just one year to the city of Birmingham and its visitors."

Stephen Ashton, engineering director.

The full list of nominees are:

  • · Nottingham Express Transit (Phase 2), Nottingham, East Midlands

  • · Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, Essex, East of England

  • · Lee Tunnel Project, Barking, London

  • · Crag End Landslip Stabilisation, Rothbury, North East

  • · Manchester Victoria Station Redevelopment, Manchester, NW

  • · Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • · Forth Road Bridge Reopening, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • · Thorndell Viaduct, Bury, South East

  • · South Devon Highway, Devon, South West

  • · Harlech Castle Visitor Centre and Footbridge, Harlech, Wales

  • · Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham, West Midlands

  • · Leeds Station Southern Entrance, Leeds, Yorkshire & Humber