The British Construction Industry has named what it considers the best building construction projects for the last 20 years – not for design but for procurement, safety, innovation, sustainability, usability and community benefit.
The British Construction Industry 20th anniversary awards in London considered 180 entries but selected such high-profile projects as the Eden Project in Cornwall, the City of Manchester Stadium and the Broadgate 1-4 office complex.
The Eden Project won the award for best British building of the past 20 years. Built in 2001, the environmental complex is one of the UK's largest tourist attractions, famed for its dome-like structures designed by a large team of architects, engineers and landscape architects.
The Arup-designed City of Manchester Stadium, built in 2000 for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, is now home to UK football club Manchester City.
Norman Foster, of Foster + Partners, has recently designed a wind turbine for the stadium which will make it the first stadium in the world to be powered by its own turbine.
Broadgate is a 372,000 sqm office, retail and leisure accommodation high-rise complex beside London's Liverpool Street station.
Since being built it has become home to some of the world's leading corporations and professional practices. It was built by Skidmore Owings and Merill, M3 Consulting and Bovis Lendlease in 1988, since which time it has clocked up a number of high-profile design awards.
For public structures, it was a lesser known building that was commended – the Dalby Forest visitor Centre in North Yorkshire.
Built as part of a regeneration of facilities and as an example of sustainable building, the centre is designed to have a minimal impact on its surroundings.
Other 2007 winners include the RAF Museum at Cosford designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects (Building Award), the RNLI Padstow Lifeboat Station designed by Royal Haskoning (the Civil Engineering Award), the Emirates Stadium in London by HOK sport Architecture (the Major Project Award) and the Camp Bastion Military Base in Afghanistan designed by 62 Works Group Royal Engineers (Judge’s Special Awards).
For details visit /www.bciawards.org.uk/home/index.asp.
By Penny Jones