East Midlands - Merit Awards

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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 2020

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

Winners of the 2020 East Midlands Merit Awards were announced during an online ceremony on Friday 30 October 2020.

2020 Merit Award winners

Read more about last year's competition.

Next Generation Design — The Social Shell

2020 Small project category award winner

Submitted by Arup and Leonard Design

This timber pavilion that was designed by students from across Nottingham who took part in a weekend workshop. The workshop culminated in a competition to design a pavilion to inspire the next generation of engineers, architects, and designers, and to promote diversity and broader representation within the construction industry.

Leicester North West Phase 2

2020 Medium project category winner

Submitted by Tarmac, Leicester City Council and Arcadis

The project involved making significant improvements to the traffic management at two busy intersections on a major route linking the centre of Leicester with future developments planned in the north west of the city.

The judges applauded the use of significant quantities of redundant tar bound surfacing material, which would have gone to landfill; the judging panel also commended the project’s efficient and well-planned communications campaign throughout the project, which ensured that everyone impacted by the works was kept up-to-date.

Granular Activated Sludge comes to Radcliffe on Trent

2020 Large project category award winner

Submitted by Severn Trent, NMCN Plc, Mott MacDonald Bentley and CiM6 (Costain and MWH partnership).

A collaborative approach helped the project partners to deliver a novel and innovative solution to achieve the required improvements in performance at both Radcliffe and Cotgrave’s sewage treatment works and improve river water quality at 26 sewage treatment works across the region.

Boston Barrier

2020 Team Achievement category winner

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

The judging panel was impressed that the barrier — one of the most effective flood defence schemes outside London — will offer significantly improved tidal flood defence protection for over 14,000 homes and nearly 600 businesses, and is predicted to deliver economic benefits of over £1billion to Boston.