Liverpool’s work to revamp a major gateway into the city has earned more national praise.
The £19 million Hall Lane Strategic Gateway scheme has scooped a national Institute of Civil Engineers CEEQUAL award, which recognises high quality work in the design and construction of major schemes.
CEEQUAL assessors awarded Liverpool the ‘Whole Team Award’ for the partnership between the City Council, 2020 Liverpool, Birse Civils and Balfour Beatty. The scheme was granted “Excellent Status”, CEEQUAL’s highest grade.
It’s the latest success for the scheme, which was also named the ‘Infrastructure Project of The Year’ at last year’s annual Builder & Engineer Awards.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, attended the CEEQUAL awards ceremony, held at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London. He said: “The Hall Lane scheme has transformed a key route into the city centre. It has removed one of the worst bottlenecks in the city, and is providing a much better image of Liverpool to visitors as well as a much better environment for the local neighbourhood.
“The successful delivery of this scheme was down to effective partnerships, and it’s great news that this has been recognised nationally. Working together, we have delivered a scheme that will bring huge benefits to the local community, to commuters and to the wider public for many years to come.”
Hall Lane, a major arterial route from the M62 to Liverpool city centre, is used by almost 35,000 vehicles every day. It had suffered from significant congestion and safety issues, bottlenecks and constricted carriageways.
Work was completed in summer 2011, creating a much improved route into the city from the east, including a new dual carriageway, six major junctions, extensive utilities works, and a 400-metre-long, seven-metre-high retaining wall. The scheme also saw improvements to cycling, public transport and pedestrian routes as well as new controlled pedestrian crossings, new street lighting, CCTV cameras and the planting of new trees.
The CEEQUAL Awards celebrate high standards within the civil engineering industry. The organisation carries out detailed assessments of civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects in the UK and Ireland.