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One week left to beat Trafford Park Line’s BCIA winning success

Last year work on the Trafford Park Line won three trophies at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) and there is just one week left for transformational project and industry initiatives to get on the shortlist to emulate that success.

The deadline for entries to the biggest awards event for the built environment, which is jointly hosted by NCE and the Institution of Civil Engineers, has just been extended to 4 June.

“We are looking for projects that deliver inspirational design alongside positive outcomes for the client in the way that project team on Trafford Park Line did,” said NCE editor Claire Smith.

The project won Transport Project of the Year and Heath, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year, as well as scooping up the coveted over award for Project of the Year. Judges described the project as “showcase project”, “impressive” and commended it for delivering a “no-nonsense approach to

practical innovation”.

Smith said: “The project really demonstrated what it possible – but there must be other projects out there which can add to the showcase that the BCIA shortlist creates each year.”

In total there are 19 enterable categories – split across projects and initiatives – open to enter, as well as three overarching best of the best categories – which was one by Trafford Park Line – that the judges will decide on.

BCIA has again joined forces with the Nation Infrastructure Commission for the Design Principles Award and Infrastructure Projects Authority is backing the Industry Transformation and Innovation Champion category.

Also new for 2021 is the Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year that recognises efforts to reduce embodied carbon and emissions during delivery of a project.

“To recognise the challenges the construction industry faced last year, we have also extended the window of eligibility for the awards to recognise entries that could be award-winning but could not be entered last year as a result of pandemic-related pressures on teams.”

In a bid to add more certainty to the entry and judging process this year, the normal site visits for the project categories are suspended as a result of coronavirus restrictions. “The first stage of judging will be carried out using entry details, as before,” explained Smith. “But all second stage judging will be carried out virtually. Last year we were only able to do that for the project categories but the time for project teams to present has been extended and initiatives categories will also be judged virtually in 2021.”

The awards ceremony to announce the winners is currently scheduled to take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 13 October.

Full details of the categories and criteria, along with the names of the judges confirmed so far, can be found at the event website –


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