Tata Steel Projects has won the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Smeaton Award for Reading Station Area Redevelopment.
Named after the first Briton to call himself a civil engineer, Yorkshire-born John Smeaton, the Smeaton Award recognises outstanding work by civil engineers on a project outside the region. Tata steel won the 2014 award for its work on Reading Station. The award was presented by the President of the Institution, Geoff French.
To meet current needs for passengers and freight, and to prepare for future growth, Network Rail has begun a GBP 850M redevelopment of the Reading Station area. Tata Steel Projects' part in the project was to design five new platforms and canopies, one platform extension, a ‘transfer deck’ connecting all of the old and new platforms and two new structures allowing access to the station from the north and south.
Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Damian Kilburn said, “This was a well-planned and executed scheme which scored highly across the range of criteria. The judges were impressed with the high quality of design, which had to allow for the added difficulties posed by the need for the contractor to work in a busy station.”