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Project of the Year (over £30m): Winner

Winner: Transport Scotland – Queensferry Crossing

At a cost of £1.35bn, the Forth Replacement Crossing represented Scotland’s largest infrastructure project for a generation.

The Queensferry Crossing was opened in August 2017, having been delivered for 65 per cent less than the original budget forecast in 2007 and £245m less than the budget stipulated at the project’s outset.

Scotland’s new bridge is the longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge in the world, and features the tallest towers of any bridge in the UK.

It also includes the longest pair of free-standing balanced cantilevers on record, measuring 643.9 m end to end, and its construction set a world record for a continuous underwater concrete pour of 16,869 cu m, spanning 15 days.

The overall project comprised the Fife Intelligent Transport System, the M9 junction 1a improvements, the purpose-built Contact and Education Centre, and the principal contract to deliver the Queensferry Crossing and connecting roads.

Innovative design and outstanding project co-ordination were crucial to delivering the four contracts to a hugely challenging programme. The end result has improved the reliability of journeys between Edinburgh, Fife, Tayside and the north and north-east of Scotland.

The judges were impressed by how the project demonstrated exceptional programme and project management skills throughout. More than 15,000 people were employed on the scheme from over 30 nationalities, with construction peaking at 1,500 on site.

As well as managing the workforce, logistics such as material sourcing represented an enormous challenge, with the project teams developing strong relationships with a huge range of suppliers to ensure programme milestones were met.

“Transport Scotland has managed this incredible project exceptionally well, with its amazing statistics speaking for themselves”

Judges’ comment

The judges reserved particular praise for Transport Scotland’s focus on innovation on a project of national significance, which created tangible benefits for people and businesses not just in Fife and the Lothians, but across Scotland and the UK.

Innovative steelwork was similarly commended, along with the levels of commitment from workers to get the job done – especially given the challenging geography and often adverse weather conditions.

The judges also applauded Transport for Scotland for its innovative approach to supply chain management, delivered in “an understated yet exemplary manner”. 

“This is a really amazing project,” one judge remarked. “The statistics alone were incredible – where to even start asking questions?”

Highly commended: Kier – Storyhouse

Excellent collaboration and community engagement were just some of the aspects of Kier’s Storyhouse project that drew praise from the judges.

Building a new theatre in the historic city centre of Chester on the site of a Grade II-listed cinema, the contractor had to overcome huge logistical and archaeological considerations.

Among these challenges was transporting and installing 20 m-long 10-tonne beams on the constricted site, and delivering a complex 13-phase steel installation programme.

The judging panel was left applauding an “exceptional project that has delivered huge benefits to the city and its community”. 

Finalists

  • Bam Construction – Curtis Green, New Scotland Yard
  • Galliford Try – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Kier – R7
  • Kier, Samsung C&T and FCC Construcción – Mersey Gateway
  • The Thameslink Programme, Network Rail – Thameslink Programme, Railway Systems
  • Wates Construction – Vita York

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