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North West engineering projects battle it out for top industry awards

Over £1 billion worth of North West engineering projects are set to battle it out for top honours at the North West Civil Engineering Awards 2017.

Nominations have been revealed for this year’s prestigious awards and include some of the regions most high profile road, rail and port infrastructure works of the past 12 months.

Some of the most notable projects nominated include the £400 million Liverpool2 development (pictured) and Metrolink’s new Exchange Square Spur and the £21m St Peter’s Square public realm scheme – both in Manchester.

Liverpool is mounting its strongest ever challenge this year, with three projects in the running for Large Project of the Year including Liverpool2, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the £75m Gladstone Biomass Terminal.

Greater Manchester is represented with seven projects across a range of categories, worth a total of over £120m including the North West’s first guided busway linking Leigh and Ellenboork, the £5.5m Orlando Street bridge scheme in Bolton and The Forestry Commission’s £500,000 slope stabilisation project in the Irwell Valley.

Darrell Matthews, North West regional director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, says: “This year’s nominations for the North West Civil Engineering Awards total £1.1bn of infrastructure investment.

“Together they reflect the North West’s huge importance to the UK economy, as well as showcasing the breadth of civil engineering skill – with road and rail bridges, a port development, a motorway, a tramway and a busway, flood defences and water infrastructure plus iconic and innovative building design – much of the engineering that makes modern civilisation possible.

“Every nomination shows something special, and it’ll be really interesting to see which projects have caught the eye of the judges.”

The North West Civil Engineering Awards 2017 will take place at the Blackpool Hilton this Friday (10 March).