This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Nothing gets us excited like a meaty new infrastructure project, and recently, we've had a lot to feast over.
The best one, though? That's up to you.
The Institution of Civil Engineers has just released a shortlist of this year's projects as part of the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards in association with SNC-Lavalin and Atkins, and they're inviting Londonist readers to vote on their favourite. The one with the most votes will be crowned the winner of the Londonist People's Choice Award — and that's no mean feat.
What's more, is that two lucky voters will be picked at random to win tickets to a behind the scenes tour and talk at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Check out the shortlist below...
Chelsea to Battersea Tunnel
Cadent are investing more than £1bn in replacing ageing gas mains across the capital. Their Chelsea to Battersea Tunnel futureproofing project — providing safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating — is their flagship, and was completed in just 12 months.
Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project — more than 15,000 people have worked on its construction, logging over 100 million working hours in the process. When complete, it's estimated that the new railway will add 10% to the capital's rail capacity, bringing an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London.
V&A Exhibition Road Quarter
Previously hidden heritage buildings have been opened up to the adjacent Exhibition Road, via the V&A's newly landscaped courtyard. The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter also delivers 1100m2 of column-free subterranean gallery space, a new entrance, a café, and a shop, transforming the museum experience for visitors.
Enjoy Waltham Forest
£27m of funding from TfL's 'Mini-Holland' scheme is being invested in Waltham Forest to encourage a modal shift from private car to walking and cycling. By 2020, it is hoped that 10% of all local journeys will be undertaken by bike — largely thanks to a range of infrastructure improvements.
Green Dragon Lane
The ground-breaking use of recycled plastic asphalt makes Green Dragon Lane the capital's first plastic road. As a busy thoroughfare, it was chosen as the ideal place to test the strength and hardwearing properties of the material, and was completed at a cost of £80,000.
Southwark to City of London Deep Cable Tunnel
An innovative Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) was used during the construction of this complex tunnel project, owing to the challenging geological conditions of the site — and the need to run underneath several major obstacles, such as the Thames, DLR, and Hammersmith & City line. Engineers pulled off the UK's longest single-length cable pull in an underground tunnel utility, too.
Kirtling Street Temporary Marine Structures
This substantial, temporary marine structure forms part of the £4.2bn Thames Tideway project. Designed to be removed after five years, the structure will be used to remove TBMs and tunnel arisings via river barges, aiding construction of the tunnel's central section.
Nine Elms South Bank Cable Tunnel
Passing close to existing railway lines, this tunnel project was designed to link a new spur in the Battersea Nine Elms area to an existing cable tunnel. Automated monitoring removed the risk for surveyors during construction, and 24-hour construction meant that an existing building had to be modified to act as an acoustic shed.
Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100
London's tidal defences protect 1.3 million people and £275bn worth of property from flood water. The award-winning TEAM2100 programme is responsible for the refurbishment, replacements and upgrade of these vital assets — and they're on track to deliver £100m in efficiencies over the course of the project, with staff members spanning 60 different nationalities.
Nereda technology for Thames Water
The team at Highworth pioneered the use of Nereda technology in the UK, inspiring 11 other projects now in development. The project's biological wastewater treatment uses granular sludge technology for purification rather than chemicals, meaning the process is both sustainable and cost-effective.
Which is your favourite? Voting for the Londonist People's Choice Award is now open, and the winner will be announced at the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2018.