CIHT / Causeway Major Projects Award


Queensferry Crossing

Transport Scotland

The Queensferry Crossing is a Transport Scotland project, with the Jacobs Arup Joint Venture, providing the specimen design and Ramboll leading the Design Joint Venture (DJV) for FCBC.
The Forth Replacement Crossing project, with the iconic Queensferry Crossing as its magnificent centrepiece, is Scotland's largest infrastructure project for a generation. Opened to traffic on 30 August 2017, at a cost saving of 65% below the original budget forecast in 2007 and £245 million less than the budget at the start of construction.

The overall project comprises the Fife ITS (Intelligent Transport System), the M9 Junction 1A improvements, the purposebuilt Contact and Education Centre and the Principal Contract comprising the Queensferry Crossing and connecting roads.

Through a combination of innovative design, exceptional project management and first class governance, the four contracts were efficiently delivered in a highly challenging timescale.

Judges' Comments
"A majestic and truly original structure that contributes to the heritage established by the other two Forth crossings, and the largest bridge construction in the UK this century.

The panel was impressed by the technically innovative and holistic approach taken to the construction, and the engagement of local communities, stakeholders and the Scottish Government via the purpose built Contact & Education Centre located within the Traffic Control Centre."

Highly Commended

Our £25m project in Hull City Centre has transformed the face of the city, connecting separate phases of the city’s development, from modern retail areas and the train station in the west to the historic old town, docks and tourist attractions in the east.

Our works have instilled pride and enthusiasm in the people of Hull, reconnecting them with their city.

Hull City Centre Public Realm Rejuvenation

Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd

This project involved the redesign of 14 streets and four public spaces including: key retail areas, civic square, historic town streets and the iconic Trinity Square – home to Hull Minister. 

Judges' Comments
"A unique large-scale, and transformational, streetscape project that was delivered professionally and with extreme care in a difficult urban environment. This has brought real advantages both to businesses and the whole city community and was a major contributor to helping raise Hull's profile in its year as UK City of Culture in 2017."


Northern Spire is a striking new road bridge set to become a regional landmark. The cable stayed bridge features a 105m central A-frame pylon and a bridge deck spanning 336m.
3km of new highway, and major alterations to the surrounding road network, connect the new bridge to existing highways.

Northern Spire

Sunderland City Council, Atkins, a member of the SNCLavalin group, Jacobs, Farrans – Victor Buyck Joint Venture, AECOM, Faithful+Gould, Buro Happold – Roughan & O’Donovan Joint Venture, DTW, Yee Associates, Safe Track Associates, Explorations Architecture and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Highlights include:

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting site in February 2018, meeting workers and local schoolchildren.
  • 77 STEM students from Sunderland College visiting on work experience.
  • 91 people receiving Employability Skills Training.
  • Classroom and viewing platform created on site.
  • 2,200 schoolchildren visiting site and over 60 feedback forms completed by teachers, with an average rating of 4.9 out of 5.
  • Careers in Construction talks delivered to 1,560 students.
  • Farrans Construction Mascot ‘Safety Sam’ visiting 6 nearby primary schools.
  • Project team judged numerous school competitions and projects with bridge themes.
  • Provided funding for:
  • New bridge themed City centre Christmas lights.
  • The ‘Pallion Traders Association’ for flowerbeds.
  • A community-led art project.

Judges' Comments
"This is the first new bridge in Sunderland in 40 years and will meet its objective of opening up strategic industrial and residential opportunities for the city. The panel admired the landmark design and the highly innovative use of offsite and onsite prefabrication to reduce the construction programme, thus limiting disruption to the river environment."


On 18 December 2017 Kier completed Transport for London’s (TfL) Westminster Bridge South Scheme, 3.5 months ahead of schedule and under budget, transforming a dangerous junction into a sustainable travel exemplar.

Westminster Bridge South Scheme

Kier Highways & Transport for London

Sustainable transport improvements were critical to a prestigious tourist destination undergoing regeneration investment, with projected rises to pedestrian and vehicle flows. Segregated, signalised cycle lanes connect the East-West Cycle Superhighway to the Central London Grid, whilst new pedestrian crossings enhance safety. The scheme is a prototype of the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets Initiative, encouraging active travel a fortnight after opening by:

  • Moving 5% more people p/hr.
  • Transporting 46% of travellers in 30% of road space.
  • Improving 83% of pedestrian journeys.

The scheme reasserted the primacy of public health and wellbeing, providing safe, accessible walking and cycling in welcoming surroundings.

Judges' Comments
"This detailed project has integrated and coordinated, pedestrian, cycling and traffic movements at an iconic location. It used detailed planning techniques and innovative use of materials to minimise closure locations and durations. Flexibility of approach also allowed the team to respond quickly to changing security considerations and requirements following terrorist incidents in the locality during 2017."