A record 226 projects have been submitted for entry at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards 2004.
The total comfortably exceeds the previous high of 194 set in 2000 when Millennium projects swelled the entry.
Of the 212 UK projects entered, 138 will be assessed for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, which is open to buildings and civil works of any size that are commissioned by central or local government and by grantaided organisations.
The search for the winners begins on 18 May when the judging team - led by Network Rail chief executive John Armitt, and the Institution of Civil Engineers president, Douglas Oakervee - meet to shortlist the projects.
The number of entries by category are: International, 14;
Major Project (over £50 million), 17; Building (£3 million to £50 million), 82; and Civil Engineering (£3 million to £50 million), 19.
The Small Project category (under £3 million) has been expanded for 2004 to include Small Buildings, which attracted 69 entries, and Small Civil Engineering, for which 25 projects are competing.
The increased entry reflects new special awards on offer this year thanks to the input from the dozen major sponsors and nearly 100 supporting organisations.
The Architects' Journal will continue to report on the progress of the BCI Awards, which lead up to the Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday 28 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.