Contracting company up for prestigious national projects award

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 May 2018

THE company behind the transformation of Hull city centre has been nominated for a prestigious national award for its work.

Eurovia Contracting oversaw a £26m project, which saw locations including Queen Victoria Square, King Edward Street and Jameson Street regenerated.

The leading contractor has now been nominated for the CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation) Major Projects Award, where it will go up against projects in London, Sunderland and Edinburgh.

Scott Wardrop, contracting managing director, said: “This project has had such a positive impact on the city of Hull and I am delighted it will receive wider national recognition with this nomination for a CIHT Award.”

The first phase of the city centre regeneration was completed in time for Hull’s year as UK City of Culture.

It saw stunning lightning and fountains installed in Queen Victoria Square and new paving laid across the city centre.

Eurovia has also worked with Hull City Council on the redevelopment of the historic Beverley Gate at the end of Whitefriargate.

The gate, where in the 17th century Sir John Hotham famously refused Charles I entry to the city, formed part of the transformation project.

Neil Huntington, regional director of Eurovia, said: “This nomination puts the fantastic work by Eurovia Contracting North, deservedly, in the spotlight. 

“I wish our Eurovia Project team the best of luck with its nomination and hope it inspires other teams across Eurovia."

Eurovia is up against the Northern Spire bridge project in Sunderland, the Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh and the Westminster Bridge South Scheme in London.

A total of 14 city centre streets, and four public spaces, were redeveloped by Eurovia. It was also behind the regeneration of Trinity Square – home to Hull Minster.

The contractor claims, since the work, 88 per cent of people in Hull visit the city centre more regularly, and the number of people who visit the centre in the evening has risen by 83 per cent.

The work forms part of the larger Hull City Plan, unveiled in 2013, which aims to create 7,500 jobs for local people across the city.

Last year, the Major Project Award went to the M1 Junction 19 scheme – a £191m initiative aimed at reducing traffic problems and improve transport links in the area.

The winners will be announced at the CIHT Awards 2018 ceremony at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on June 14.

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