North West - civil engineering awards

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The annual ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering.

ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2018

The ICE North West awards ceremony recognises excellence and imaginative concepts in civil engineering practice across the North West Region.

We celebrate recently completed projects, the region's civil engineering heritage and individual excellence in the engineering profession.


  • Small; Medium; Large; Community and Heritage projects
  • Mentor and Volunteer awards recognising individual contribution
  • Diversity in recognition of forward thinking industry practices

The winners will be revealed live on the night and awards presented by ICE's President at our gala dinner which will be held at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool on Friday 9 March 2018.

2017 Award winners

Gladstone Biomass Terminal

Gladstone Biomass Terminal

Large project: Winner

Project teams: Peel Ports Group Ltd, GRAHAM Construction, Ramboll UK, HBPW Consulting

Gladstone Biomass Terminal provides a new dockside biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool, to support the EU's largest decarbonisation project at Drax's Selby power station. A fully automated bulk-handling facility capable of processing 3 million tonnes of wood pellets a year, storing these on site in concrete silos then transporting to Drax by rail.

Liverpool 2, Liverpool

Large project: Highly Commended

Project teams: Peel Ports, BAM Infraconsult, BAM Nuttall, Van Oord

Liverpool2 is one of the UK's largest private sector infrastructure projects, developed in response to changing patterns and shipping trends towards the use of 'mega' ocean-going container ships. It required the construction of a deep water quay 854m long and 30m deep with an adjacent container terminal of around 16 hectares reclaimed from the mouth of the River Mersey.

Liverpool 2, Liverpool

Carters Bridge, Wigan

Carters Bridge, Wigan

Small & Medium Project: Winner

Project teams: Network Rail, Tony Gee and Partners, J Murphy & Sons Ltd, Shay Murtagh

Carters Bridge was originally a two span overbridge made of steel beams supporting a timber deck. It was understrength and needed replacing and also provided the only means of access for a farmer between two sections of his land. A 39m single span solution was constructed parallel to the existing bridge. This minimised the disruption to the farmer as the new bridge could be built while maintaining access using the old bridge.

Swindale Raw Water Intake & Fish-Pass, Near Shap, Cumbria

Small & Medium Project: Highly Commended

Project teams: United Utilities Water Plc, Coffey Construction Limited

Swindale Intake and Fish Pass is an EU Habitats Directive scheme which achieved three main requirements to:

  • Provide sustainable downstream river flows
  • Enable fish and eel migration past the intake weir
  • Implement an 'intelligent' raw water abstraction regime
Swindale Raw Water Intake & Fish-Pass, Near Shap, Cumbria

Currock Bridge Cycleway Scheme, Carlisle

Currock Bridge Cycleway Scheme, Carlisle

Community Project: Winner 2017

Project teams: Cumbria County Council, Mott MacDonald, Story Contracting

Currock Bridge Cycleway Scheme The community saw the existing bridge as unsafe and inaccessible and they believed they were entitled to a better level of service – evident by years of campaigning.

The new bridge has

  • removed an area of known antisocial behaviour where the old enclosed bridge had poorly lit areas, blind corners and narrow footways
  • improved the immediate environment adjacent to several properties including extension of residential gardens into surplus land
  • Provided a more attractive, more accessible and well-lit route between communities and connections to established transport corridors including the Caldew Cycleway with its link to the City Centre and outlying rural areas.

Reveal the Roch, Rochdale

Community Project: Highly Commended

Project teams: Rochdale Borough Council, CH2M Hill, VBA Ltd, Donald Insall Associates

Revealing the Roch is a £4.2m heritage led regeneration scheme, completed in 2016, which restored the iconic 14th Century Rochdale Bridge.

The project restored views of the bridge, protects historic buildings from flood risk, transformed the town centre with an attractive public realm, improved pedestrian connectivity and, by restoring an important heritage asset, adds to Rochdale's appeal as a tourist destination.

Reveal the Roch, Rochdale

Mersey Queensway Tunnel and Ventilation Stations

Mersey Queensway Tunnel

Heritage Winner 2017

"A true example of precision and engineering excellence, that was second to none."

The tunnel was constructed from each side of the river (Birkenhead and Liverpool), and when the bores met in the middle they were only 25mm out.

At the time of construction, it was the world's longest underwater tunnel. An estimated 35,000 vehicles now use the tunnel each day. The tunnel entrances, and ventilations stations are Grade II listed.


Diversity Winner 2017

To tackle diversity issues, ARUP set out a three year equality, diversity and inclusion strategy.

Arup's approach is based on the concept that people should be valued as individuals for reasons related to their business interests, as well as for moral and social reasons.

When people feel valued, when they are treated with dignity and respect, they flourish and this benefits everyone and the business.

Arup firmly believes that encouraging diversity and inclusion in their teams enables them to provide better solutions for their clients.

ARUP team

Jonathan Han

Jonathan Han

Volunteer Award: Winner 2017

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.

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

Zak Jones

Volunteer Award: Highly Commended 2017

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

Zak Jones

Andrew Groves

Andrew Groves

Mentor Winner 2017

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.