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Victoria Station Upgrade wins 'most outstanding project' award

London Underground's Victoria Station Upgrade has won the 'most outstanding project within the Rail and Transit sector' in the 2010 Bentley Be Inspired Awards.

The awards recognise the world's most outstanding infrastructure projects and the winners are selected by an independent panel of jurors of industry experts.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's Transport Advisor, said: 'The upgrades taking place at Victoria have required some creative thinking in order to overcome challenges created by the station's history and location. 

'Obviously the improvements are ongoing and we would ask for passengers to bear with us while they continue.

'The fantastic work that is taking place at Victoria to ease congestion, reduce delays and improve passengers' journeys is exactly why the Mayor fought so hard to secure continued investment in the Tube upgrades and I am thrilled that the judges have recognised this.'

Peter Lynch, London Underground's Victoria Station Upgrade Programme Manager, said: 'I am delighted with this award because it shows that industry experts recognise that the Victoria Station Upgrade is a challenging project and we are using innovative solutions to overcome them.

'Jet grouting will be used for the first time in this kind of environment.

'The station's central London location, in the midst of historic buildings, other important structures and numerous utilities is a significant construction challenge.

'The station has been experiencing passenger numbers that have outstripped its capacity, causing congestion and delays at times during the rush hours.

'This project will bring many benefits to more than 80 million passengers who use it each year - including doubling it in size and making it step-free.'

Victoria Tube station, one of the busiest and most congested on the network is set for a radical transformation as part of Transport for London's (TfL's) Investment Programme.

Mott MacDonald is providing the designs for the development. 

VINCI BAM Nuttall Limited joint venture are the main contractors who will reconfigure Victoria Underground station - creating a brand new North ticket hall and a new entrance near Cardinal Place shopping mall which will be completed by 2016.

The station will also double in size the existing South ticket hall, and have nine new escalators and seven new lifts.

The project will be fully completed by 2018.

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