East Midlands - Merit Awards

A bridge under construction at night

The East Midlands Merit Awards celebrate projects of all sizes and scopes from across the region. Every year, the awards are presented to the best civil engineering projects or teams, or to ground-breaking research in the region.

ICE East Midlands Merit Awards 2018

The ICE East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs) provide an opportunity for civil engineers in the region to celebrate all aspects of their achievements, whether related to projects or people.

Winners will be announced at the ICE East Midlands Bicentenary Gala Dinner on Friday 8 June 2018 during an awards ceremony. ICE's President will present the awards and certificates on the evening.

The awards will be presented to the submitting organisation and other partners (commissioning authority, designer, contractor or research establishment as appropriate) or individuals where appropriate.

The Entry Pack gives full details of the 2018 awards.

You can submit a project for the following categories:

  • Small Project
    (up to £750,000)
  • Medium Project
    (£750,000 to £10million)
  • Large Project
    (greater than £10million)
  • Studies & Research
  • Team Achievement
  • Shaping the World*
  • Unsung Hero*

*Two additional awards will be presented in 2018 as part of ICE's Bi-centennial celebrations.

We've been asked to extend our submission deadline, so you can still enter your project. Completed entry forms and submissions reach us by close of business on Friday 16 March 2018.

Entry forms

Download your entry forms and pack below.

Download the entry pack

Download the entry form

Download the unsung hero nomination form

The results will be revealed live on the night with the awards being presented by ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair, at the East Midlands gala dinner and merit awards evening on Friday 8 June 2018.

2017 Merit Award winners

Raw Water Upgrades – Chequer House Borehole Pumping Station

2017 Small project category award winner

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Pick Everard, NMC Nomenca

Project information

Pick Everard provided design services for NMC Nomenca for the installation of Ultra Violet (UV) treatment processes at Chequer House, Nottinghamshire. 3D modelling of the existing site and the proposed installation has meant that Pick Everard have not just provided a design to be constructed, they have also provided a model of the site for future works and a template for design of future UV water treatment projects for Severn Trent Water.

At fortnightly team meetings Pick Everard and NMC Nomenca reviewed the model; thoroughly interrogating the design and removing problems that would have only arisen once construction had started using traditional methods.

Heanor, Breach Road Flood Alleviation scheme

2017 Medium projct category winner

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: NMC Nomenca, F&B Trenchless Solutions & Polypipe Civils

Project information

A £1 million project to reduce the flooding witnessed by numerous properties on Breach Road, Heanor has been successfully completed. The scheme works by quickly conveying the combined sewer water away from the properties at risk of flooding and safely storing it in a 163m long 2.1m diameter tunnel.

The solution is designed to limit the pass forward flows from the tunnel at 180L/s through a 30m throttle pipe which ensures the properties downstream remain safe from the flood waters. The complex hydraulic design of the scheme ensures minimal future maintenance and operates entirely without a single moving part.

Heanor, Breach Road Flood Alleviation scheme

East Midlands Airport Runway Refurbishment

East Midlands Airport Runway Refurbishment

2017 Large project category winner

Client: East Midlands Airport
Partners: Galliford Try and AECOM

Project information

In a truly collaborative approach, East Midlands Airport (EMA) and Galliford Try successfully delivered a UK and industry first: a runway refurbishment on time and budget with zero accidents, through an innovative programme of seven consecutive 48 hour closures.

This project was a prime example of outstanding collaborative working between the contractor and airport whilst successfully managing the needs of stakeholders through an ambitious programme.

Planning, design and unique solutions were key to achieving success in resurfacing 150,000sqm of runway and replacing 1,200 Above Ground Level beacons (AGLs). Safety, security and sustainability were the top priorities and were effectively managed throughout.

Proposed Daventry Canal: Water Supply Strategy Study

2017 studies & Research category winner

Client: Daventry District Council
Partners: Pick Everard, Canal & River Trust and JPP Consulting

Project information

A new waterway linking Daventry town with the Grand Union Canal would have clear social benefits and potential commercial benefits. An unacceptably detrimental impact on water resources however would put the sustainability of the proposal in doubt.

The objectives of the study were to understand the water resource issues through collaboration with Canal & River Trust (CRT) and to identify mitigation solutions which would ensure sustainability of the canal network.

The study involved first principle loss calculations and comparison with CRT hydrological model data to evaluate water resource requirements and an innovative mitigation which considers a wider application of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDs).

Proposed Daventry Canal: Water Supply Strategy Study

Awsworth Road Bridge replacement, Ilkeston

Awsworth Road Bridge replacement, Ilkeston

2017 Team Achievement category winner

Client: Network Rail
Partners: AMCO Rail, HBPW Consulting, 1st in Rail, ALE and Martello Piling

Project information

Close collaboration between AMCO and Network Rail allowed a 116 year old bridge (known as TCC 27A) to be replaced safely and efficiently with a future proof design for the people of Ilkeston.

This £3 million bridge replacement culminated in the innovative use of Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) to remove the old deck and place the new one in just 20 hours, minimising disruption to rail operations.

The success of the project was followed by the release of a hugely successful time-lapse video, raising the profile of the civil engineering profession.