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The Robert Stephenson Awards 2022

Our 2022 Robert Stephenson Awards are now open for entries!

These annual awards ensure North East projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results will be announced during an evening awards ceremony on 08 April 2022, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle.

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, the categories are:

  • Large Project: value over £5million
  • Medium Project: value £1m-£5m
  • Small Project: value under £1m

How to enter

Take a look at our Entry Information Pack which contains all you need to know about entering our awards.

Please ensure you read the pack carefully before completing the online entry form.

Tip: the entry form does not have to be completed in one go, a draft can be saved to return to later.

Any queries please email [email protected].

Awards Ceremony

Tickets are now available for the awards ceremony and annual dinner taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on Friday 8 April 2022. Book a table here - ICE North East Robert Stephenson Awards 2022, Newcastle | Institution of Civil Engineers

Individual Awards

The regional STEM Ambassador of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award and Chair's Special Recognition Awards will also be presented as part of the awards ceremony on 8 April.

Nominations are currently being sought for the STEM Ambassador of the Year Award 2021 - ICE North East awards and competitions | Institution of Civil Engineers

2021 Robert Stephenson Award Winners

Our 2021 Robert Stephenson Awards video showcases all 12 of the shortlisted projects.

  • Key dates for Robert Stephenson Awards 2022

Submission deadline: 16 December 2021

Interviews: 2-3 February 2022

Awards ceremony: 8 April 2022

Whitley Bay RSA winners
  • Sponsors

We are extremely grateful to the ongoing support we receive for the Robert Stephenson Awards from our partners CDM Recruitment Ltd. CDM is an established and successful long- term supplier of construction related staff for temporary and permanent appointments.

Find out more


Interested in sponsoring our awards?

We have a lot of opportunities to sponsor our annual awards and dinner, please take a look at our partnership opportunities pack. For more information please contact Joanne Stephenson at [email protected]

The Catalyst

The Catalyst

Winner: Large Category - over £5m

Client: Newcastle University, UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing and National Innovation Centre for Data
Consultant: GSS Architecture, Design North, Gillespies LLP, Studio Horn and Desco
Contractor: JBowmer + Kirkland, NG Bailey, JD Pierce, Charles Henshaw & Sons Ltd (inc Levolux) and Beal Architectural
Other major parties involved: Turner & Townsend

Comments from the judging panel:
"This fantastic addition to the Newcastle landscape continues to improve the built environment in this bustling part of the North East.

"It’s a credit to clients who wish to be bold with their innovation and foresight, ably supported by excellent civil engineering and other specialist partners who enabled this vision to be brought to life whilst introducing sustainable assets into the design and minimising it’s whole-life carbon footprint. Well done to all involved!"

Newcastle University Sports Centre

Highly Commended: Large Category - over £5m

Client: Newcastle University
Consultant: Cundall and Ryder Architecture
Contractor: Clugston Construction

Comments from the judging panel:
“An interesting solution on a constrained site, cleverly tying in to an existing building. The modelling of pluvial risk from existing sewers was key to proving the solution.”

Newcastle University Sports Centre

Chester-le-Street Flood Alleviation Scheme

Chester-le-Street Flood Alleviation Scheme

Winner: Medium Category - between £1m - £5m

Client: Durham County Council and Elvet Construction Consultants
Consultant: Durham County Council and Pell Frischmann
Contractor: Esh Civils
Other major party involved: Environment Agency

Comments from the judging panel:
“This hidden part of the infrastructure of Chester-le-Street has been opened up to provide a ‘park-like’ feel to the town centre, whilst providing well needed flood protection to homes and businesses."

The judges said they were impressed with the project team’s collaborative working to develop and construct the proposals (including significant areas of habitat creation) in constrained working area. In addition, they noted the “close working relationship with local residents and businesses was key to ensuring that the longer-term benefits to the community will last for future generations.”

Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme

Highly Commended: Medium Category - between £1m - £5m

Client: Environment Agency
Consultant: Mott MacDonald (as part of the BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald Joint Venture)
Contractor: BAM Nuttall (as part of the BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald Joint Venture)

Comments from the judging panel:
The judges liked how BIM had been used in the decision-making process by visually demonstrating the options to key stakeholders. The sustainability, environmental and community benefits built into the proposals were recognised by the judges, as was the significant reduction of properties at risk of flooding as a result of the scheme.

Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coatham Woods Natural Flood Management Scheme

Coatham Woods Natural Flood Management Scheme

Winner: Small Category - under £1m

Client: The Environment Agency
Consultant: Arup
Contractor: Tees Rivers Trust and Ebsford Environmental
Other major parties involved: Highways England, Forestry Commission and Newcastle University

Comments from the judging panel:
“The Coatham Woods Natural Flood Management Scheme is a unique and innovative project utilising the principles of natural flood management, creating 30ha of new wetland habitat, and helping protect homes in Stockton-On-Tees that have suffered repeated flooding.”

Northern Spire

Winner: Special 30th Anniversary Award

Sunderland City Council, Farrans – Victor Buyck, AECOM, Yee Associates, Jacobs, Buro Happold – Roughan & O’Donovan Design Joint Venture, Atkins, Faithful & Gould andSafe Track Associates

Sunderland City Council’s Executive Director of City Development, Peter McIntyre said:
“We’re all very proud of the Northern Spire as a functional symbol of regeneration in Sunderland. Wearsiders can take even more pride now in how the Spire has received further praise and plaudits from its professional engineering peers and the general public in the North East.

“Sunderland is a city with a river at its heart and, with its heritage of bridges, we have always had and continue to have a strong team of civil engineers who help maintain and shape our city’s vital infrastructure.

“Alongside the construction and project partners, city engineers played a major role in developing the Northern Spire that is now a key part of Sunderland’s infrastructure.

“That role is continuing as the engineering team alongside many others are helping shape Sunderland into a more dynamic, healthy and vibrant city for the 21st century.”

Northern Spire