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7 November 2018 Kate Palmer

Trophy Icon2The Kaikoura emergency joint rail and road project recovery response was awarded the highest honour by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Congratulations New Zealand – the post-earthquake rebuild of Kaikōura’s road and rail networks has won the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) 2018 People’s Choice Award!

Ten international projects were shortlisted for the award including the $4.5 billion Harbour Area Treatment Scheme to improve water quality in Hong Kong, the $2.5 billion Queensferry Crossing in Scotland and the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project in India.

The prestigious award recognises the top civil engineering project of the year, reflecting the positive impact civil engineering has on the communities these projects transform.

Seán Harris, ICE Director of Membership, says the project reconnected families and friends, and allowed businesses to welcome back tourism.

“One of many inspiring submissions this year, the project stands out globally as not only one of the finest examples of outstanding technical achievement but also highlights the importance of civil engineering in enabling social and economic progress.”

WSP Opus’ Matthew Thomson, ICE Representative for New Zealand, says it’s heart-warming to see the Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery Team recognised on the world stage.

“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail and the whole Kaikōura Earthquake Recovery Team in winning the ICE People’s Choice Award! As it’s a people choice award, this win reflects just how much the communities’ valued the team’s ingenuity and many hours of work (over 2 million) to restore road and rail connections. On behalf of ICE in New Zealand, thank you for showcasing this great work and highlighting the vital role our profession plays in resilience.”

Previously only open to projects in the UK, this year’s ICE People’s Choice Award included international projects for the first time to mark the ICE’s bicentenary. Nearly 70,000 people voted for their favourite civil engineering project.