North East - Robert Stephenson awards

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Nominations for the Robert Stephenson Awards 2018 are open

ICE North East presents the Robert Stephenson Awards (RSAs) every year as a celebration of civil engineering excellence in the region.

The awards ensure projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results are announced at the annual dinner and awards are presented by the ICE president.

Awards are made to recognise particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity. Projects can include research work, technical papers or built infrastructure.

Project categories, based on estimated or actual construction costs are:

  • Large Project: value over £4million
  • Medium Project: value £0.5m-£4m
  • Small Project: value under £0.5m


  • Entry submission deadline: 2 February 2018 (£150 ex VAT)
  • Entrants notified if further information or interview presentation required: Friday 23 February 2018
  • Judging period: January 2018 to April 2018
  • Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park: 19 April 2018
  • The results will be announced live on the night and awards presented by ICE President elect Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS.

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2017 award winners

North East Awards 2018

A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement

A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement

Winner: Large Category - Over £4m

Balfour Beatty, Arup, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Highways England

This section of the A1 carries in excess of 116,000 vehicles a day, more than double its original theoretical maximum capacity. Consequently, heavy congestion occurred daily in both directions for most of the day, also the accident rate was double the national average.

The solution to reduce congestion made best use of the existing highway infrastructure and provided additional capacity within the existing highway boundary.

This scheme contributes to national and regional strategies across both the public and private sector with the efficient operation of the Western Bypass seen as a key priority for the future economic prosperity of the region.

Hartlepool Town Wall

Winner: Medium Category - £0.5m - £4m

Hartlepool Borough Council and Seymour Civil Engineering

The Headland Town Wall scheme combined the complexities of protecting an early 14th century Scheduled Ancient Monument sea wall with the requirement of protecting 230 properties from significant risk of coastal flooding. .

Working alongside Historic England, the Environment Agency, Local Residents and the Port Authority a scheme was delivered which protected both the history and integrity of the original wall while providing a robust solution designed to modern day standards of protection. The scheme presented within this report is both sympathetic to historical surroundings while also paying homage to the craftsmanship used to construct the original wall.

Hartlepool Town Wall

Londonderry Bridge

Londonderry Bridge

Commendation: Medium Category - £0.5m - £4m

Balfour Beatty, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Arup

Londonderry Bridge serves a small but vibrant community on the outskirts of Stockton‐On‐Tees. Residential and business properties line the busy Durham Road running over Lustrum Beck. This major watercourse has been responsible for devastating flooding in recent years due to restricted flow through the existing bridge. The solution was to replace the bridge.

This seemingly straightforward project quickly threw up complex challenges for the project team, leading to innovative engineering solutions driven by a collaborative working ethos. The result..? A product that protects the community, delivered ahead of programme and under budget without any complaints.

Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme

Commendation: Medium Category - £0.5m - £4m

Environment Agency, Arup, Esh, Amco, JBA Consulting, J Breheny and Balfour Beatty

In 2012 the worst flood in living memory devastated over 150 homes, infrastructure and businesses along Lustrum Beck in Stockton.

A scheme was planned to protect a localised area in Stockton, however a fundamental review led by the Environment Agency with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has led to an innovative, resilient and cost effective partnership flood scheme.

The scheme comprises:-

  1. a new major highway bridge
  2. a unique lifting security screen
  3. a system of setback flood defences
  4. a Sustainable Urban Drainage System.

These measures reduce risk from river, surface water and sewer flooding and create new habitats and amenity space.

Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme

Nexus Culvert Crossings

Nexus Culvert Crossings

Winner: Small Category - Under £4m

Capita and North Tyneside Council

Two water culverts under the NEXUS tracks near Etal Lane and Fairfield Green were identified as a cause of flooding in Shiremoor and West Monkseaton following heavy rainfall in June 2012.

Capita was appointed to undertake design and construction works for these culverts which were replaced during track closure across two, 32hr working weekends in March 2016.

Choice of material, extensive investigation, surveys, continuous communication and effective collaborative between NTC, NEXUS and Capita made it possible to achieve construction on time, to budget and without major commuter disruption. The new culverts ensure properties and infrastructure are better protected against flooding.