East Midlands - awards

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ICE East Midlands works to promote and celebrate the outstanding work of members. It organises awards to recognise exceptional projects, teamwork and individual excellence.

Discover more about the projects and people that help shape the world around you.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

previous winner of the EMMA awards

East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs)

The EMMAs are presented annually to the best civil engineering projects or to ground-breaking research in the region. All types and sizes of project are considered - past entries range from local schemes costing tens of thousands of pounds, to multi-million pound cross-county infrastructure work. They're presented at the Annual Gala Dinner.

Find out more about the East Midlands Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

Our East Midlands branch organises and supports awards which showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members.

Communications competition

Communications competition

This competition is open to students and graduates with no more than seven years of industry experience. If you're working towards technician membership you can also enter the competition, provided you have no more than ten years' industry experience.

It gives young engineers the opportunity to develop their communication and business-presentation skills. It involves a role-play public consultation based around a mock engineering scheme proposal.

You can find out more on the main Communications Competition page.

In 2018 this competition will be replaced by Pitch 200

Previous winner

From left to right: Callum Oates, Neil McKelvie, pictured with judges (centre) Ruth Taylor, Natalie Clemson and Bob Taylor, and Frances Stephens, Ben Jackson and Anthony Lock.
From left to right: Callum Oates, Neil McKelvie, pictured with judges (centre) Ruth Taylor, Natalie Clemson and Bob Taylor, and Frances Stephens, Ben Jackson and Anthony Lock.

The East Midlands 2017 Communications Competition was won by Ben Jackson, Anthony Lock, Neil McKelvie, Callum Oates and Frances Stephens from the Loughborough University.

Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award is open to graduates and students. Entrants must write and present papers on a topic of their choice.

Previous winner

Robing de Jongh with diagrams from his winning paper
Robing de Jongh with diagrams from his winning paper

The 2017 winner of the Emerging Engineers Award was Robin de Jongh for his paper: 'How to lift a building with your bare hands'

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Samuel Donaldson winner of the 2014 Emerging Engineers Award
Samuel Donaldson meets ICE President David Balmforth

Competition heats for the Emerging Engineers Award take place across the UK. Winning papers are short-listed by the international judging panel. Three top finalists are then invited to present their papers at the international final.

Find out more about the final

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

As one of the four core national activities for ICE 200, this competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge in Bristol. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2019 will be awarded.

The East & West Midlands region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the East or West Midlands region.

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to ice.westmidlands@ice.org.uk by 31 December 2017.

ICE 200

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video via We Transfer by 31 December 2017 to the East & West Midlands Regional Support Team.

Download our application form
Download our Pitch 200 flyer
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more

Pitch 200 Midlands final

Prizes for the East & West Midlands Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019

William Kemp award

William Kemp award

This is ICE East Midlands' premier award. Each year it is won by someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career. The winner may not be a civil engineer, but will have made an outstanding contribution to the profession or or certain aspects of it, such as design, research, education, investigation and management.

Previous winner

Robert Moyle, Executive Chair of North Midland Construction plc receives the William Kemp Award
Robert Moyle, Executive Chair of North Midland Construction plc receives the William Kemp Award

The William Kemp Award was awarded to Robert Moyle, Executive Chairman of the North Midland Construction Group in 2017.

Robert, who is a Fellow of the Institution, has made a sustained contribution to the profession in the region for over 40 years, working for the same organisation throughout and having been a driving force behind its success.

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