East of England - Merit awards

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ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate and recognise outstanding civil engineering.

Merit Awards 2018

Entries for the 2018 Awards are now invited.

To be eligible projects must be physically located within the ICE East of England Region which includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk but excludes any London Boroughs.

They must have been completed, that is to say opened or commissioned or occupied, by the competition closing date Wednesday 2 May 2018. Thus, the 2018 Awards will be for projects completed between 1 January 2017 and 27 April 2018.

This year we have introduced a fee for entry into the Awards. Each entry fee paid will give you two free places at the Awards event at Girton College, Cambridge on 27 June (additional places may be booked). Please note you must pay a fee for each entry, submitting the same project in more than one category will count as multiple entries.


Early bird £83.33 (£100 inc VAT) – until 31 March
£125 (£150 inc VAT) – after 31 March

Pay your fee online
Please state your 6 digit booking ID when submitting your entry as proof of payment.

Download an entry pack

2018 entries will close at 5pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018

The overall winner of this year's Awards will be put forward for consideration for the 2018 People's Choice Award as part of the ICE 200 celebrations.

2017 Merit Award winners

The East of England Merit Awards have previously recognised some of the best examples of civil engineering and problem solving across the region. Find out more about some of our previous winners.

  • University of East Anglia Blackdale Residences

    University of East Anglia Blackdale Residences
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Highly Commended

      • Client: University of East Anglia
      • Architect: LSI Architects
      • Civil and structural engineer: Ramboll
      • Mechanical and electrical engineer: Hoare Lea
      • Main Contractor: R G Carter

    The Blackdale Residences provide 514 apartments, a cafe with a roof terrace, a launderette and shared courtyard; all built to BREEAM Excellent standards.

    The increased accommodation capacity will allow the University to start to fulfil its ambition to take on thousands more students in the coming years.

    High quality accommodation will attract student to the university.

    Sustainable construction and high environmental standards are good for everyone and this ground breaking project raises the standard.

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  • One the Square

    One the Square
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: Brookgate
      • Architect: Perkins + Will
      • Structural engineer/designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Mechanical and electrical engineer: Hilson Moran
      • Main contractor: Wates Construction Ltd
      • Steelwork subcontractor: SCWS

    One the Square forms part of the wider CB1 redevelopment, which will reshape and revitalise the station area of Cambridge and bring economic investment to the city.

    This gateway building will serve as a significant landmark in the expanding business district.

    The redevelopment of this previously derelict site, improves the look of the area as well as providing cycle parking and space for new shops and cafés as part of the ground floor, which are already bringing economic investment to the area.

    The highly-specified building succeeds in providing a lasting impression on visitors as one of Cambridge's modern landmarks.

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  • The Maxwell Centre

    The Maxwell Centre
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: University of Cambridge
      • Architect: BDP
      • Structural engineer: Ramboll
      • Services engineer: KJ Tait Engineers
      • Main contractor: SDC

    The Maxwell Centre is part of the Cavendish Laboratory's long-term development plan. It aims to foster advanced research in several scientific fields and is set to provide a new home for collaborative research.

    The building contains research laboratories and offices as well as seminar rooms, interactive spaces and dedicated hubs. The labs are spacious and well equipped with good services that are easy to maintain.

    Scientists from industry will occupy the facility alongside the Cambridge research groups to promote a two-way flow of ideas.

    The building will encourage strong relationships with Industrial partners and excellent scientific research for the benefit of future generations.

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  • Grafham Water Treatment Works Resilience Project

    Grafham Water Treatment Works Resilience Project
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Merit
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Merit

      • Client: Anglian Water
      • Principal designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Principal contractor: JN Bentley

    The project spans across 15 different sites and includes a new reservoir, five pumping stations and over 3km of pipeline.

    The reservoir site is screened by an earth embankment with over 1500 trees planted, to restore any habitat lost by the development.

    The original proposal included a new 37km long pipeline from Hannington Water Reservoir to Grafham. This would have faced major challenges and would therefore have been an expensive and risky. This solution uses existing pipeline to deliver the project.

    The project will ensure that Anglian Water customers in the supply area have a more resilient clean water supply. Around 614,000 people now have secure access to clean water. Before this project, in the event of a prolonged outage at Grafham, these customers would have had no water supply.

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  • Broadland Flood Alleviation Project

    Broadland Flood Alleviation Project
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Exceptional Merit
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Exceptional Merit
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Highly Commended
    • Client: Environment Agency
    • Contractor: Broadland Environmental Services Ltd (BESL)
      (BESL is a consortium of BAM Nuttall and CH2M)
    • Main stakeholders: Natural England, Broads Authority
    • Other stakeholders: RSPB
      Norfolk Wildlife Trust
      Suffolk Wildlife Trust
      Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association
      Over 100 Landowners
      Norfolk County Council

    The project creates sustainable and affordable, long-term flood defences for rural communities across a 30,000-hectare area of Norfolk and Suffolk. It also provides protection and improvement of habitat for rare and endangered species and protection for some of the most productive farmland in the UK. It includes:

    • Over 240km of floodbank upgraded with reused and reclaimed materials.
    • 10km of 'hard' edges replaced with reed banks and lagoons
    • Over 3km of overhead electric cables now underground – improving the landscape and making the area safer for farmers and anglers.
    • Enhanced mooring facilities, improved navigation of channels and new slipways for boaters
    • New angling platforms and 100km of upgraded footpaths to increase public enjoyment of the area.

    It protects:

    • 30,000 hectares of land including 21,000 hectares of farmland.
    • 1,700 properties, including 1,000 homes (5 communities are protected for the first time).
    • The A47 and Norwich to Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft rail line.
    • Internationally important wetlands, including: 28 Sites of Special Scientific Interest; the Broads Special Area of Conservation; Broadland Special Protection Area; Ramsar1 site of designated international importance.


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