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Will Hurst scoops Press Gazette award for Garden Bridge exposés

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Last night (11 Dec) the AJ’s Will Hurst won Infrastructure, Development and Construction Journalist of the Year at the hugely prestigious British Journalism Awards

Will was up chosen ahead of five other journalists from publications including the Financial Times, the Observer and the Sunday Times. He won the award for his investigation into the now scrapped Garden Bridge project, having broken a string of exclusive stories. 

The judges of the awards, which are run by industry title the Press Gazette and were held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in central London, said: ‘Will Hurst took an issue on which there was seeming consensus and poked away, digging out the scheme’s contradictions through freedom of information and other journalistic tools.’

The news of Will’s win was roundly praised by the architecture industry on social media, with RIBA president Ben Derbyshire tweeting: ’Very many congratulations to @WHurst1. Good professional journalism, lest we forget, is a pillar of representative democracy.’

Editor of the Press Gazette Dominic Ponsford describes the British Journalism Awards as ’one of the hardest journalism prizes to get shortlisted for’ due to the high standard required. The awards celebrate the best of UK national journalism, with the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon and the Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty among those taking home top prizes.

Judges for the awards included former Guardian editor Peter Preston, journalist Mary Ann Sieghart and journalism professor and FOI campaigner Heather Brooke.

The Infrastructure, Development and Construction category of the awards was sponsored by engineer Mott Macdonald.

Previously Will received awards for his Garden Bridge work in 2016 from the International Building Press (IBP) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and was highly commended at this year’s Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, run by Private Eye.

See all the night’s winners here

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