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Promoting the success of civil engineers and projects in the North West is important. It helps to raise the profile of civil engineers and the profession across the region. So, tell us who or what has made you proud!

Showcasing the efforts of our members is important and helps recognise their expertise and contribution to the profession.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

North West Civil Engineering Awards

ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards

Our ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards celebrate recently completed projects, the region's civil engineering heritage, individual excellence and progressive practices encouraging diversity in the engineering profession.

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Recognising individual achievement

ICE North West runs awards and competitions which celebrate achievements and develop the skills of graduate engineers in the region. Find out more about them in the sections below and how you can get involved.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is a competition with a difference. It is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives. It is also the perfect way to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Pitch 200 draws on engineers' creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – with only 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level can submit a presentation, using any props at their disposal to explain a concept in the most engaging way.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public
  • Highlight an area that you are passionate about
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Ambassador - a 'money can't buy' prize increasing the profile and contacts of the winner

Previous winners

Alison Waterworth won the ICE North West 2019 heat with an inspiring engineering based poem.

Jasmine Tombs's pitch about how concrete could be replaced won her the first prize in the national ICE Pitch 200 2019 competition.

Pitch 200 2020

This year's ICE North West Pitch final takes place at:

The Shipping Office at CityCo, Lloyds House, Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5WA

25 Feb 2020, 17.30 for 18.00hrs start

First prize: ICE North West Ambassador for 2021

The North West winner will then be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final, where the overall ICE Ambassador will be awarded.

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Construction Challenge

Construction Challenge

The ICE North West Graduates and Students Group runs the region's annual Construction Challenge, in Manchester and Liverpool. The competition allows students to work together, share ideas and win prizes.

Teams are challenged build a structure, while dealing with a number of variables such as shifting timescales, to reflect the reality of competitively tendered design and construction processes.

Construction Challenge is usually held in autumn so keep an eye out for entry details nearer the time.

Previous winners

The 2019 competition saw teams competing to build a bridge, measuring 10cm wide and 50cm long, using materials such as paper straws, string, cardboard, and cocktail sticks.

2019 manchester winning team
Manchester 2019 winning team

In Manchester, “We Are Wild” won with a truss bridge which was both cost effective and the strongest entry. Congratulations to team members, Shafiq Shazali, Edward Cook, Joseph Firth, Martin Bailey and Carlos Calderon.

2019 liverpool winning team
Liverpool 2019 winning team

In Liverpool, there was a wide variety of designs but the winning entry that held the most weight came from Dylan Steven and Mohd Shavarein.

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award is an opportunity to develop key writing, presentation and debating skills. It's also a great way to boost your continuing professional development (CPD) records.

  • Entrants submit a summary of their chosen paper.
  • Finalists are then chosen to present their paper in front of a live audience.
  • The winning North West entrant will receive a prize of £250 and the chance to be put forward to the national finals.

Find out more information

Keep an eye out for more information about how to enter next year's competition, which is usually held in spring.

Previous winner

The Emerging Engineer North West 2019 winner is Maria Eftimova.

Her presentation gave a clear demonstration of how the principles of soil arching can be assessed and used in the design of temporary works.

Vitali Losjuk's thought-provoking presentation, discussing the need to approach sustainability in engineering, resulted in him being awarded runner-up prize.

Maria Eftimova
Maria Eftimova, 2019 regional winner

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

Further your civil engineering career

Looking to further your civil engineering career or want to get your career off the ground? Want to help solve issues around the world from connecting a remote village to solving the energy shortage? Then a career in civil engineering could be just for you. Find out what you will need to know to start your career or further your development in civil engineering, no matter what stage you're at.

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