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ICE London works to promote and celebrate the outstanding work of members. It organises awards to recognise exceptional projects, teamwork and individual excellence.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Walton bridge - the arch being lifted into place

ICE London civil engineering awards

The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards recognises excellence and imaginative concepts in civil engineering practice within London. The award recognises construction projects and promotes excellence in the engineering profession.

Find out more about the ICE London awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE London organises and supports awards which showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members from across the region.

Communications competition

Communications competition

The Communications Competition is open to ICE student and graduate members and is an opportunity for members to test their communication skills in front of an audience. At this team-based competition, each team will have to explain and promote the benefits of an engineering scheme proposal at a mock public consultation.

The 2017 regional heat for ICE London and South East will take place on 3 April 2017 in London. The winning team proceeds to a semi-final in May and the final round takes place on 19 September 2017 at ICE headquarters in London.

If you would like to enter, please complete the entry form which is available from ICE London Regional team and submit your application by 15 March 2017.

Find out what's involved and more about the competition

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Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

This competition, formerly known as the Papers Competition, is held every year to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

Graduate and student members can submit papers on any areas of engineering design, research or practice. Entries can be adapted from undergraduate research papers, university projects, professional development or professional review reports. It's preferable, but not compulsory, for entries to be based on the applicant's own work.

The competition is open to all graduate and student members of ICE who live, work or study in the London region.

Presentation evening

Finalists will give a 10-minute presentation on their subject before a panel of judges. The entries are judged on their subject, argument, style and presentation skill.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the overall regional winner will be considered for a place in the national final.


  • Develop your self-marketing skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Improve your written and verbal skills t get ready for interviews or your professional review
  • Opportunities to add to your CPD records
  • Winning looks great on your CV
  • Share experiences and network
  • Prizes - £250 for first place, £150 for second, and £100 for third

The regional winner may be shortlisted for the 2015 national final where a top prize of £1,500 and an Institution Medal can be won.

National competition

The Emerging Engineers Award culminates in a national competition. 3 winners from across the UK are selected to take part in the final, held at our headquarters in London.

The selected finalists each present their papers, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Find out more about the final



Pitch180 is the engineering competition with a difference. Held on 23 January 2017, Pitch180 saw nine civil engineers explain their chosen engineering concept or project in the weirdest and wackiest way possible to a live audience and panel of judges – and they only had 180 seconds to do it!

Watch their entries:

The Winner

Bernard Travers is a Forensic Engineer at Hawkins. His pitch was named the best of the night for explaining subsidence through confectionary.


Highly Commended

Simone Schmeider is a Graduate Engineer at Wood Thilsted Partners Ltd. Her pitch was highly commended by the judges for using models to explain the need for strong wind turbine foundations.


Ian Chandler is a Coastal Structures Engineer at HR Wallingford. His pitch was highly commended for showing how Aberdeen Port is being expanded using a number of models and props.


Other Contestants

Akshaya Chapagain is a Graduate Civil Engineer at Balfour Beatty. His pitch showed how tyre chips could be used in bridges.


Roxanne D'Aguiar is a Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail. Her pitch explained the lifesaving rules Network Rail use to keep everyone safe.


‎Jonathan Knight is a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Thames Tideway Tunnel for Balfour Beatty. His pitch used dominoes to show how Tideway protects engineers from sewage discharges.


Vinay Lalsodagar is a Structural Engineer at AECOM. His pitch showed how complicated civil engineering jargon can be explained more simply by referring to everyday activities.


Alastair Shipman is a PhD Student from Imperial. His pitch explained how infrastructure can help protect the public from terrorism.


Kishen Sreenivasan is a Student at the University of Bath. His pitch explained how the Burj Khalifa was built so as to protect it from the elements.


The Judges and Audience

Our high profile judging panel consisted of:

  • Antony Oliver, Former Editor of Infrastructure Intelligence and Editorial Consultant (TBC)
  • David Jones, Toastmasters Ireland and UK (5 Times) Champion
  • Wendy Blundell, Director of UK Regions at ICE
  • Aaron Matthew, ICE President's Apprentice for 2015/6 and creator of Pitch180

Watch what they and members of the audience thought of the evening:


Pitch180 will return in 2018 as Pitch200, to reflect and celebrate ICE's bicentenary.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact Jemma Ralphs at

ICE - Balfour Beatty Innovator of the Year

ICE – Balfour Beatty Innovator of the Year 2017

Enter now to win a summer placement at Balfour Beatty's London Headquarters.

This competition is for Civil Engineering students to apply for the award of "The ICE - Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year 2017".

To win the award you must be in your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study at University and must complete an online application answering some qualifying questions. If you're successful in progressing through to the second round you will be invited to present your ideas to a panel of high calibre judges who represent Balfour Beatty and the Institution of Civil Engineers who will ultimately select a winner.

The prize for winning is not only the title of ICE – Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year 2017, but is a fully paid 3 month summer placement with the Balfour Beatty Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability (HSES) team in the London region. You will be getting involved with onsite teams and working on real life major construction projects where you will have the opportunity to make a difference to the way things are normally done. You will also be involved with the ICE and invited to spend time with the ICE President on his official visit to South East England. What you make of your time as ICE - Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year 2017 is up to you, but we are looking for the right person who has the ability and the drive to get stuck in and make the most of it.

Find out more and details on how to enter

The closing date for entries is Thursday 30 March.


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