Worcestershire Parkway wins top award at prestigious civil engineering awards

Worcestershire Parkway Station has won West Midlands’ top civil engineering project award for 2020.

This was announced at the virtual West Midlands Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) Awards.

The project, which saw the first new station constructed in Worcestershire in over 100 years, was also awarded the Geotechnical award and the Large Project of the Year award as well as the Best Overall Project Award.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates the best civil engineering projects, as well as highlighting those people who have contributed to promoting civil engineering across the region.

The new station, which opened in February this year, is a key part of the wider Worcestershire strategy to improve rail connectivity, enabling easier travel into and out of the county, boosting the regional economy and supporting growing communities.

Worcestershire Parkway Station was part funded by the Worcestershire LEP through the Local Growth Deal Fund from Central Government with a total of £8.3m invested.

The station drew praise from ICE judges for overcoming technical challenges through a collaborative approach, engineering expertise, tenacity and determination.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock, said: “Worcestershire Parkway is a culmination of years of hard work and I’m delighted that this fantastic project has been recognised at the ICE West Midlands awards.

“It’s an excellent example of improving connectivity to benefit the community, of which we can be proud.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire LEP, added: “It is fantastic to see the Worcestershire Parkway station being celebrated at the ICE West Midlands Awards. The new station provides residents, businesses and visitors with improved access and journey times to and from some of the country’s major routes.

“Worcestershire Parkway is just one of the projects which forms our collaborative ambition to develop the county’s physical infrastructure.”

Worcestershire Parkway forms part of the wider £50million rail investment programme in Worcestershire and is a key part of the longer-term Worcestershire Rail Investment Strategy. The brand-new station follows improvements already made at Bromsgrove, Foregate Street in Worcester, Malvern Link and the redeveloped Kidderminster station which also opened earlier this year.

Worcestershire County Council is no stranger to ICE awards; it won the Best Large Project award last year for its work on Battenhall Bridge and in 2018 won the Team Achievement award for the rebuilding of Eastham Bridge.


Pictured: Worcestershire Parkway Station