East Midlands - Merit Awards

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

ICE East Midlands Merit Awards 2022 are now open!

The annual ICE East Midlands Merit Awards is the premier showcase for engineering excellence in the region.

With around 3,500 civil engineers represented by ICE across the East Midlands, the projects celebrated are those that have been completed during the previous year.

Winners will be announced during the ICE East Midlands Gala Dinner on Friday 10 June 2022, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham (subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines).

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

ICE East Midlands Merit Awards 2022

You can submit a project for the following categories:

All submitted projects have an opportunity to receive a sustainability award. This award is at the judge’s discretion and will be given to a project that showcases a high level of compliance, with respect to targets set under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s).

Please note, this is not a new award category and is discretionary; it aims to emphasise the ICE mission to ensure sustainable built infrastructure, which in turn influences all 17 UNSDG’s.

Entry Fees

Entry fee for completed entries received by the closing date of Midday on Friday 4 March 2022, £200+ VAT.

Please note there is no fee for entering for the People Awards.

Please ensure you tick the right payment option in the entry form. Please refer to a relevant category checklist to ensure you provide all relevant information and submit all required documents.

How to enter

Please see the ICE East Midlands Merit Awards Call for Entries booklet for full details on how to enter.

Expression of interest

Please register your Expression of Interest by Friday 4 February 2022 through our web form below:

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All submissions to be made via WeTransfer to [email protected] Midday on Friday 4 March 2022.

Please Note: Paper submissions (in whole or part) will not be accepted.


Please refer to the specific category checklist to ensure that relevant criteria are covered in your submission. Please refer to ‘Call for entries’ booklet for further guidance.

For any queries about entering awards please contact: [email protected]

Entry Forms:

Design, Studies & Research:

Download the Design, Studies & Research entry form and checklist here.

Team Achievement:

Download the Team Achievement entry form and checklist here.

Small Project:

Download the Small Project entry form and checklist here.

Medium Project:

Download the Medium Project entry form and checklist here.

Large Project:

Download the Large Project entry form and checklist here.

People Awards

  • ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year nomination form
  • William Kemp Award nomination form
  • Civil Engineering Achiever of the Year nomination form

2021 Merit Award winners

Winners of the 2021 East Midlands Merit Awards were announced during an online ceremony on Thursday, 10 June 2021.

Read more about last year's competition.

A17/ A153 Rugby Club Junction, Sleaford

2021 Small project category award winner

Submitted by Eurovia UK, Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

The balance between reducing the high accident rate and congestion on a busy junction, while at the same time providing a safer pedestrian crossing was recognised by the judges. They applauded the use of digital technologies, including a digital twin. The traffic management phasing plan allowed safe working areas to be established with segregation between live traffic and construction workers. The site was also recognised as a Considerate Constructor site, achieving a certificate of excellence.

A46 Anstey Lane

2021 Medium Project Award winner is A46 Anstey Lane

Submitted by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Highways England, Galliford Try, Waterman Aspen and Midlands Highway Alliance.

The project used local suppliers within a 20-mile radius, which helped drive local skills employment. The works were delivered with an exemplar safety record, on time in spite of Covid-19 restrictions, and under budget. By using a hybrid power system in their project offices, the project reduced CO2 by 220 tonnes, added £2.2 million in social value terms, and engaged with 180 local students at STEM events.

This project was also commended in the Team Achievement category.

Boston Barrier

The 2021 Large Project Award and Sustainability Award winner

Submitted by Environment Agency and the BAM Nuttall & Mott MacDonald Joint Venture.

The Boston Barrier provides one of the best standards of tidal flood defence outside of London and also aims to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 17,000 properties in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The project is predicted to deliver economic benefits of over £1.1 billion, providing significant protection to local infrastructure assets, including the A16 trunk road and the Boston to Skegness railway.

For the Sustainability Award, the judges applauded the project team's outstanding application of all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The team used each goal to define and improve their project, impressing the judges with their high level of compliance to the targets related to each of the goals. The project includes a 25-metre wide rising gate across the section of the River Witham, to the south of central Boston between Black Sluice and the Grade II listed Maud Foster Sluice. The Boston Barrier is part of the government’s long term investment in flood and coastal defences.