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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!

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 and how you can get involved.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

North West Civil Engineering Awards

ICE North West Civil Engineering Award

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.

Find out more about the awards

Recognising individual achievement

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

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

As one of the four core national activities for ICE 200, this competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge in Bristol. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2019 will be awarded.

The North West region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in Cheshire, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside.

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video video via Dropbox or WeTransfer to by 16 February 2018.

ICE 200

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video by 16 February 2018 to the

Download our application form
Download the Pitch 200 flyer
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more

Prizes for the North West Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019

Construction Challenge

Construction Challenge

The ICE North West Students and Graduates 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 winner

2017 winning team
2017 winning team

In Liverpool, over 50 students from LJMU and Liverpool University took part, making 12 teams in total.

Congratulations to Team X, a scratch team on the night whose effort most closely met the brief and made the most profit.

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

The North West round usually takes place around February time so look out for details about how to enter your team nearer the time.

Previous winner

Lewis Brimmell
Lewis Brimmell, 2017 regional winner

The Emerging Engineer North West 2017 winner was Lewis Brimmell for his detailed look at Hyperloop, the futuristic transport system that could move people and freight at superfast speeds.

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

Law and Contracts Student

Law and Contracts Student

We continue to recognise the achievement of individuals in our Law and Contract Management Course, run in partnership with leading law firm Hill Dickinson, Bowdon Consulting and other independent contractual specialists.

The course is aimed at preparing civil engineers and construction professionals to sit the Institution's Law and Contract Management Examinations – the first stage towards becoming qualified as an adjudicator or arbitrator.

Previous winner

Sarah Loughrey
Sarah Loughrey, 2017 winner

The 2017 Law and Contract student is Sarah Loughrey.

Mentor of the Year award

Mentor of the Year award

The ICE North West Mentor of the Year award goes to someone who has shown outstanding commitment in supporting and mentoring ICE members as they work towards their professional qualification.

Mentors must be ICE members and can only be nominated by an ICE member (colleague, mentee, employer, educator etc.).

Previous winner

Andrew Groves
Andrew Groves, 2017 winner

Andrew Groves is the ICE North West Mentor of the Year 2017.

The award was made in recognition of Andy's long history of mentoring colleagues, supporting candidates in achieving Professional Qualifications and in future career developments.

Volunteer of the Year award

Volunteer of the Year award

The ICE North West Volunteer of the Year award is given to someone who has shown outstanding commitment to civil engineering by giving their time, in various ways, to represent ICE and the profession.

Volunteers must be ICE members and can only be nominated by an ICE member (colleague, mentee, employer, educator etc.).

Previous winner

Jonathan Han - 2017 winner.
Jonathan Han - 2017 winner.

Jonathan Han is ICE North West's Volunteer of the Year, 2017 for his work across committees, branches and special interest groups.

Zak Jones was highly commended for his work on Kathy's Centre, an Engineers for Overseas Development project.

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