The first Outstanding Achievement Awards presentation took place on 14 March 2011 at the ICE. Eight infrastructure and civil engineering projects in the UK were presented with an Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAA), with a further three projects picking up a total of nine Highly Commended trophies.
Thirty-four applications were shortlisted and a diverse group of projects were chosen by the judges for their demonstration of genuine excellence:
WINNER: The Olympic Park (for the Park overall)
Highly recommended: Cross Valley Link Road
WINNER: The Olympic Park (for the north and south areas’ enabling works)
Ecology & Biodiversity
Energy & Carbon
Highly Commended: Granville Industrial Estate (material use)
No awards made.
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Effects on Neighbours
No Awards or commendations were given in two categories – Energy & Carbon, and Transport, due to the nature of the Outstanding Achievement Awards. The judges decided that if no project demonstrated pinnacle best-practice performance in the section applied for, then no Outstanding Achievement Award would be made. This decision of the judges reinforced the standing of the ten Outstanding Achievement Awards made.