East of England - Merit awards

Wallasea Island, Essex

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

ICE East of England Merit Awards 2021

The aim of the awards is to:

  • Recognise merit within the practising profession
  • Encourage excellence and pride in the work of civil engineers
  • Promote the values demonstrated in the best projects
  • Raise awareness of civil engineering's contribution to society
  • Deliver a better future for people and the environment through teamwork and ingenuity

There are four Merit Awards for projects that demonstrate:

  • Physical Achievement
  • Technical Excellence and Innovation
  • Sustainable Construction/Engineering
  • Team Achievement

Projects can be entered for more than one award.

Eligible projects must be sited in the ICE East of England Region of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk. (London Boroughs are excluded.)

Entry deadline - 21 September 2021
Awards ceremony - 25 November 2021

Entry fee - £200+ VAT

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2020 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.

  • Bacton to Walcott Sandscaping Scheme

    Bacton to Walcott Sandscaping Scheme
      • Category: Technical Excellence and Innovation
      • Award: Exceptional Merit

    The Nature-based solution is a UK first, pumping 1.8 million m3 of sand on the beach to protect approximately 300 homes from erosion, 100 homes from flooding in Bacton and Walcott, and the Bacton Gas terminal which supplies over a third of the UK’s gas supply.

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  • West Suffolk Operations Hub

    West Suffolk Operations Hub
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Merit

    The £24 million state-of-the-art single waste management site was developed to increase efficiency, reduce costs of waste management for the local councils and add more capacity to the growing West Suffolk region, which projects an increase of 20% growth in housing over the next 20 years.

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  • Wallasea Island Manual Handling Equipment Demobilisation

    Wallasea Island Manual Handling Equipment Demobilisation
      • Category: Sustainability
      • Award: Merit

    The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme on a scale never before attempted in the UK, and the largest of its type in Europe. The new wetland off the Essex coast, was created from tunnel spoil from London's Crossrail project.

    The scheme combats the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. In January 2020, a total of 30,000 birds were seen across the reserve. The Scheme received a Merit award for Sustainability.

    The Judges saw a continuing high level of commitment by the whole team to remove all the temporary infrastructure needed for the main project. This has enabled the area to return to its natural state and flourish.

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  • Mill Square, Chelmsford Station

    Mill Square, Chelmsford Station
      • Category: Team Achievement
      • Award: Merit

    A new open, safe, and direct link for pedestrians and cycles to access urban neighbourhoods surrounding Chelmsford Station, whilst making improvements to taxi circulation. The scheme included a new bridge, retaining walls, car park and landscaping. 

    The improved station environment has made people feel safer and has opened opportunities for additional commercial spaces within the station.

    The Project won a Merit Award for Team Achievement for stakeholder collaboration that enabled the team to deliver a highly quality solution. The project has been chosen as a case study for ‘The Value of Station Investment’ research project commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group and Network Rail.

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  • Parkeston Pumping Station

    Parkeston Pumping Station
      • Category: Physical Achievement
      • Award: Highly Commended

    Parkeston Pumping Station is situated at the lower end of the Dock River in north-east Essex and helps protect the low-lying areas of Parkeston and Ramsey from flooding.

    The project team improved the pumping stations usability and safety by replacing the weedscreen, concrete riverbanks, replace the existing footbridge and installing new permanent emergency pumps. The works were successfully delivered adjacent to the live Harwich to Colchester railway line within a live port.

    The project was highly commended by the judges in the Physical Achievement category for the practical application of a simple and cost-effective arrangement to avoid risk from manual handling of heavy items within a very confined site and close to an active railway and overhead power lines.

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