ICE London Civil Engineering Awards

Women in Engineering, the Crossrail project

The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2019 in association with Jacobs celebrate outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation and ingenuity in London.

The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards celebrates engineering excellence in the capital recognising top-performers in our industry as well as showcasing the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions to the built environment. Jonathan Baggs, Director of ICE London, said:

“The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the great infrastructure being built in London and the people and teams who make it happen. We want to celebrate the industry and show how it can deliver world-class infrastructure for future generations of Londoners.”

Share the great work you are doing with the wider built environment community by submitting an entry for the 2019 Awards. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 16 May 2019 at One Great George Street.

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2018 award finalists

Chelsea to Battersea tunnel

The Chelsea to Battersea Tunnel project is a flagship project for Cadent Gas taking a total of 12 months to complete. The project will keep people provided with safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating. This project is part of Cadent's £1bn investment in replacing ageing gas mains across the capital and is being built to future-proof London's gas infrastructure for the 21st century.


The Crossrail project is delivering the Elizabeth line – a new railway for London that will run for 118km from east to west. Opening in December 2018, the Elizabeth line will carry an estimated 200 million passengers a year. As part of Europe's largest infrastructure project, there will be 41 stations and 21km of twin bored tunnels under central London. The new service will speed up journey times, increase central London's rail capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London.

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter

The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter delivers a new 1,100m2 column-free subterranean gallery for the Victoria and Albert Museum's temporary exhibitions programme. Alongside a new entrance, courtyard, café and shop, together with support spaces, storage and plant rooms, the new public courtyard is fully accessible and links previously hidden heritage buildings with the busy pedestrianised Exhibition Road.

Enjoy Waltham Forest

The 'Enjoy Waltham Forest' Programme has received £27m of Mini-Holland funding from TfL to improve infrastructure and encourage modal shift from private car to walking and cycling. The programme will see a range of infrastructural and complementary measures to ensure freedom, choice and healthier lifestyles for both novice and experienced cyclists and pedestrians alike.

London's first plastic road: Green Dragon Lane

Highway Services at Enfield Council carried out the first London trial of a ground-breaking asphalt using recycled plastic in September 2017. The site at Green Dragon Lane was chosen as it is a relatively busy Borough Road taking a number of bus routes providing a good test of the strength and hard wearing properties of the product. Works took place during the daytime over the course of three days in September at a cost of around £80,000.

Southwark to City of London deep cable tunnel

This complex tunnel was constructed through the challenging geological conditions of London using a refurbished Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). Taking place on a small site (70m x 20m) in close proximity to private housing, the project was the longest single length cable pull in an underground utility tunnel in the UK. Running beneath a number of obstacles including the Thames, DLR and Hammersmith and City train lines, the tunnel was constructed with over 330,000 incident free hours.

Kirtling Street temporary marine structures

The design and construction of the Kirtling Street Marine Facility, to support the delivery of Tideway tunnel works was delivered safely, on time and within budget. The whole facility, including the substructure piles had to be designed to be removed after the five year project reaches completion. Working in a fully collaborative environment BAM Nuttall's engineers worked with the client to develop an innovative solution that not only overcame logistical challenges but also rationalised the client's concept design into a simpler, more efficient and functional solution.

Nine Elms South Bank cable tunnel

The build of a spur tunnel and connection chamber into an existing 132kV cable tunnel in the Battersea Nine Elms regeneration opportunity area was a complex project. Passing close to existing third party rail infrastructure and clean/dirty water assets extensive, carefully designed and sequenced handworks were used to construct an underground reinforced concrete junction chamber. This work was around the existing UK Power Networks tunnel. The success of the works was supported by the modification of an existing building to act as acoustic shed to reduce noise impact in the neighbourhood.

Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100

The TEAM2100 programme is responsible for the refurbishment, replacement and upgrade of London's tidal defences. Protecting 1.3 million people and £275bn worth of property, London's tidal defences provide a significantly positive impact to London, both in terms of its economy and to Londoners. It is the first flood risk programme to receive ISO55001 certification and is a path finder programme assisting the wider Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Management Directorate attain their own certification.

Nereda technology for Thames Water

The team at Highworth pioneered the first use of Nereda technology in the UK. It is a sustainable, cost-effective biological wastewater treatment process for Thames Water. There are now 11 further projects in development throughout the UK and more than 50 projects planned for AMP 7. In addition to London, this game-changing technology has also demonstrated proven advantages for other leading cities across the globe, including Dublin, Utrecht and Rio de Janeiro.

Frieberg smart city

Growing cities and building resilience

As the population of our cities continues to grow, a range of new challenges will present themselves. From thinking about how transport infrastructure will allow people to travel around, providing sufficient housing and community spaces, and how we can utilise technology to improve our cities.

In meeting these challenges, civil engineers and other built environment professionals will have to understand the needs of our cities' populations and also how they can utilise technology.

Following the publication of our Urbanisation Green Paper, ICE is looking to spark a discussion on how we can resolve these challenges and deliver world class cities. We want to hear from civil engineers, built environment professionals and the wider public.

Find out more and join our growing cities discussion