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 Robert Stephenson Awards 2020

The Robert Stephenson Awards 2020 are now open!

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:

  1. Large Project: value over £5million
  2. Medium Project: value £1m-£5m
  3. Small Project: value under £1m

Entry fees:
* Early bird entry fee for completed entries received by Friday 13 December 2019 £100 + VAT.
* Standard entry fee for completed entries received by the closing date of Friday 10 January 2020, £150 + VAT.

How to enter

Please see the Robert Stephenson Awards 2020 entry pack for full details on how to enter including a link to the online submission form.

All submissions to be made via our online form which can be found here -

For any queries about entering these awards please contact the regional office on 0191 261 1850 or email [email protected]

Good luck!

2019 award winners

North East Awards 2018
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Key dates for Robert Stephenson Awards

Friday 25 October - awards open
Friday 13 December - early bird entry fee rate ends
Friday 10 January - Closing date (standard entry fee rate applies)
Friday 7 February - entrants notified if presentation or further info required
Friday 3 April - Robert Stephenson Awards presented at Annual Dinner

Greatham South Flood Alleviation Scheme

Greatham South Flood Alleviation

Winner: Large Category - over £5m

Mott MacDonald, bmmJV(joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald) and Environment Agency.

The Greatham South FAS is a vital piece of the jigsaw in delivering the Tidal Tees Flood Risk Management Strategy, providing flood defences to 358 homes in an area of high deprivation and 32 businesses including a fuel and energy cluster classed as a nationally critical asset.

The scheme provides 35ha of intertidal and wetland habitats in an area where only 10% of the original natural habitat remains. By returning areas to intertidal conditions, this helps to safeguard the future of the estuary for both people and wildlife.

Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works

Winner: Medium Category - £1m - £5m

Hartlepool Borough Council, Hall Construction Services Ltd and North Tyneside Council

Central Promenade dates back to the early 20th Century when it was constructed to protect the natural cliff line from coastal erosion. Fast forward to 2017 where this structure was deemed life expired.

The reliance on this structure had evolved into protection for residential and commercial properties, essential highway and utility infrastructure and public open space. This scheme was designed to instigate a major regeneration of the frontage and improve the protection provided to offer robust defences against current and future coastal conditions, whilst returning the promenade back to the asset that it was for the residents of Whitley Bay.

Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works

River Leven Erosion Protection

River Leven Erosion Protection

Winner: Small Category - under £1m

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

The A1044 Leven Bank Road provides an important link between Ingleby Barwick and Yarm as well as being a major school commuting route. It forms a key part of the local bus network and is Highways England’s tactical diversion route for the A19. Stockton Borough Council (SBC) had been monitoring scour erosion to the embankment which had the potential to cause the highway to collapse into the river below.

The aggressive action of the River Leven put the road into a critical state, by eroding the riverbank to a near vertical face within 2m of the road.