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 2019

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 were announced at the ICE East Midlands Gala Dinner at the Crowne Plaza, Nottingham on Friday 7 June 2019 during an awards ceremony, introduced by ICE East Midlands Chair, Matt Huddleston. ICE's Vice President, Kyle Clough, hosted the awards on the evening along with Rory Underwood, former England Rugby Player.

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

Projects were submitted 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
  • William Kemp Award - please note that this was not awarded this year

2019 Merit Award winners

Duke’s Lake, Stanford-on-Soar

EM small projext award winner 2019

2019 Small project category award winner

Client: BS Stanford Ltd
Partners: Cain Bio-engineering Ltd, Arup and Black Stork Charity

Project information

The project demonstrated ‘soft’ engineering solutions to repair and upgrade a former country house lake to provide surface water attenuation for a newly constructed medical rehabilitation centre.

The design utilised sustainably sourced hardwood in traditional king post retaining wall design with bioengineering techniques for erosion control and long-term slope stability.

Birstall Footbridge

2019 Medium project category winner

Client: Jelson Homes
Partners: William Saunders, Danaher & Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd and Nusteel

Project information

The new bridge links a housing development on one side of the busy A6 with schools and local amenities on the other. Although pedestrian crossings did exist, anecdotal evidence suggested that many children regularly ran across the road to shorten their walk to school. The new bridge also benefits commuters and shoppers, by providing direct access to the Park & Ride site.

The project was very well-planned, with minimal disruption to the public and stakeholders. The new bridge made use of innovative engineering techniques and the team delivered an impressive looking structure that provides safe pedestrian and cycle access over a busy dual carriageway.

Birstall Footbridge

Newark Waste and Water Improvement Scheme

EM large project award winner 2019

2019 Large project category award winner

Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: BNM Alliance

Project information

The Newark Waste and Water Improvement scheme was designed to prevent sewers from flooding, which safeguards 400 homes and businesses and provides a secure and stable water supply to the town.

The team’s approach to collaborative working, combined with local public consultations helped to reduce the impact of the new sewage system that was built below the town centre, which involved the construction of new shafts and tunnels.

Application of Low-cost Cameras for Measurement Collection

2019 Studies & Research category winner

Researcher: Dr Rolands Kromanis, Nottingham Trent University
Partners: AECOM, Tsinghua University, University of Nottingham, University of Exeter and Queen’s University Belfast

Project information

The study presented research findings from several case studies to demonstrate the successful application of low-cost vision-based systems, such as smartphones and GoPro-type cameras for, the assessment of structural performance of both laboratory and real-world structures. Traditionally, such assessments required working at height, with highly trained personnel installing expensive sensor systems.

The concept has significant potential for planning, sustainability and health and safety impacts, using a piece of technology that engineers keep in their pockets: smartphones.

Low-cost Cameras for Measurement Collection

Doubling Up at Wolverhampton Steel Logistics Centre

Doubling Up at Wolverhampton Steel Logistics Centre

2019 Team Achievement category winner

Client: DB Cargo (UK) Ltd
Partners: William Saunders, J.F Finnegan, K.G.J Price Railway Contractors Ltd, Steel Crane Co Ltd, and Wernick Modular Buildings

Project information

TThe project oversaw the expansion of the logistics centre to accommodate an increase in warehousing of steel coil, close to the manufacturing facilities in the West Midlands.

The project included the remodelling of the terminal sidings, together with permanent way renewals, ground remediation, a new rail-connected warehouse, provision of two 40-tonne cranes and the renewal of the welfare and office facilities to provide a modern and functional space.

The new facilities now ensure that a wide range of materials are available for ‘just in time’ delivery to the local factories and also mitigate any potential disruption to the supply of the raw materials.

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