Five of Arup's top engineers - John Turzynski, Peter Evans, Ian Gardner, Mike Byrne and Jim Burridge - have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the delivery of a number of large projects that have transformed King's Cross from a run-down district into a new city quarter and a magnificent multi-modal transport interchange.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Major Project Award is given to engineers who have delivered a major engineering project that has had a substantial impact on society. Arup's engineers join ranks with Sir John Armitt CBE FREng, who received the award in 2012 for delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games infrastructure in East London.

Arup's engineers have played a central role in the regeneration of key historic landmarks as well as the wider area. The company was extensively involved in the three major station projects - St Pancras International, King's Cross and St Pancras Underground Station, and in the redevelopment of King's Cross mainline station. The team has also helped to put King's Cross St Pancras on the map as a growing social hub and cultural location, having been involved in the development of nearby iconic buildings in particular the British Library and Kings Place.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "Great feats of British engineering have helped to shape the world in which we live today. Arup has embraced our nation's engineering prowess and transformed the King's Cross area beyond all recognition, turning it into a thriving new commercial, residential and business centre."

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering commented: "The renovation of the King's Cross area is a stunning example of sustained engineering achievement and urban design within very specific design constraints. The reimagined King's Cross station, for example, is a testament to the elegance of modern engineering solutions and a powerful demonstration of the vital importance of engineering to the UK economy."

Each individual project was complex and relied on effective collaboration with a number of major clients, contractors and architects.

Alan Belfield, Arup UKMEA Board Chair, commented: "Together we have redefined, re-shaped and created value in rejuvenating this part of London and, as a result, the area has witnessed radical change over the last two decades. We've been able to give King's Cross a completely new lease of life and this district is now a magnet for culture, business and creativity, and a fitting gateway to London."

The award will be  conferred at the annual Academy Awards Dinner, which will celebrate the ingenuity of engineers and the contribution of engineering innovation to growth in both the wealth and health of the UK, as part of the Academy's Engineering for Growth campaign.

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.
  2. Arup. Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 38 countries our 11,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.
  3. Engineering for Growth is a partnership campaign to promote the economic impact and societal benefits delivered by engineering and to raise debate on how engineering can make an even bigger contribution. Engineering for Growth is led by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with Atkins; BAE Systems; EADS; Lucite International; Rolls-Royce; McLaren Group; National Grid; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Technology Strategy Board; Institution of Chemical Engineers; Institution of Engineering and Technology; and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0655
Email: Giorgio De Faveri


Sarah Maddison at Arup
Tel: 02077553016
Email: Sarah Maddison

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