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07 March 2012
The new-look Exhibition Road was hailed as an example to follow by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) at its prestigious annual awards ceremony. The Institute recognised the transformation of an unwelcoming and cluttered thoroughfare into an attractive open space for pedestrians by naming the project the winner of the Community Award category.The award recognises projects which improve public space and infrastructure and enhance the living and working environment for the local community. Winning projects must demonstrate innovation, creativity and social value.The judges said: "We really liked Exhibition Road because for the first time in London it makes an attempt to rebalance people and vehicles. We would love to see the messages from that extended to the wider UK."Responding to the award, Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: "I am delighted that the Institute of Civil Engineers recognised the work that has been done on Exhibition Road to make South Kensington a more vibrant, welcoming area for visitors and residents alike."We have been planning this work for many years and I would like to thank the Council officers for their hard work and the support of TfL and the City of Westminster, without which this would not have been possible. Finally, of course, I would also like to thank my former deputy, Daniel Moylan, for his vision and drive in starting the scheme. The case for improving our public spaces has had no more articulate or determined advocate than Daniel Moylan. "Among the other projects shortlisted for awards were the redevelopment of Broadcasting House, refurbishment of Blackwall Tunnel, part of the redevelopment of Kings Cross and The Shard.
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