The Eden Project has been named Project of the Decade at the Quality in Construction Awards 2006.
Home to the world’s biggest plant conservatories, Eden was ranked top of an auspicious list of short-listed candidates including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and London’s the Gherkin.
The award was devised to mark the 10th anniversary of the prestigious awards. When declared Project of the Decade, Eden was described as: “A millennium scheme that caught the imagination of the entire UK population.”
Some 2,000 voters from the construction industry, including builders, architects and engineers, took part in the poll, reflecting the fact that the awards are widely recognised as construction’s highest accolades.
Eden’s Chief Executive Tim Smit attended the ceremony alongside representatives from Project Managers Davis Langdon, builders The McAlpines Joint Venture, architects Grimshaw, and civil and structural engineers Anthony Hunt. Tim said: “I wish everybody could have the opportunity just once in their lives of working with a large team, all of whom enjoy each other’s company and admire each other’s talent, and from this they build something that surpasses even their own imaginings.
“We have had such moments and feel deeply privileged to have been given that opportunity. What is even more exciting is that the team want to stay together to build one last masterpiece – our planned Dry Tropics Biome – which will redefine what collaboration really means. The best is yet to come.”
In the five years since opening, Eden’s Humid Tropics Biome and Warm Temperate Biome and new £15 million education centre The Core have become world architectural icons.
Since opening the project has generated £700 million for the West Country economy, created more than 400 jobs and attracted more than seven million visitors. It has also received many awards and was recently voted Britain’s Best Modern Building