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 2020

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.


Entries are now closed for the 2020 awards - thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry.

2020 Awards

Our awards winners have been announced online following the cancellation of the event. Watch the video below:

ICE North West Awards 2019 winners

Davyhulme Modernisation Project - Large Project Winner

Large Project of the Year (over £15m) - sponsored by GHD

Davyhulme Modernisation Project

Winner: Davyhulme Modernisation Project (DMP) - United Utilities PLC, Laing O'Rourke

The judges agreed that DMP demonstrated the scope of the civil engineering profession, casting a spotlight onto world-class wastewater treatment. It won for its on-time, on-budget delivery with a whole-project approach to health and safety.

Other Nominees:

  • A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road -  Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SWECO DJV, Morgan Sindall
  • Liverpool Lime Street Station Capacity Enhancement - Network Rail, SNC-Lavalin Atkins, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd


Icon - Medium Project Winner

Medium Project of the Year (£5-£15m)


Winner: ICON - Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Westlakes Engineering, Addison Projects

This exciting project provided an inventive engineering solution to a complex problem, on a highly constricted site. BIM technology accelerated and improved the safe design and construction of the roller coaster.

Other Nominees:

  • Morecambe Wave Wall Replacement - Lancaster City Council, VBA, Environment Agency
  • Preston Wastewater Treatment Works - United Utilities, Mott MacDonald Bentley, GHD Livigunn
  • Sellafield Windscale Pile Chimney Crane Design & Installation – Sellafield Ltd, Design Services Alliance, ADAPT, Mammoet
  • Wirral Dock Bridges Replacement - Wirral Council, Dawnus Construction Holdings, Ramboll UK Ltd


Crosshill Service Reservoir - Small Project Winner

Small Project of the Year (up to £5m)

Crosshill Service Reservoir

Winner: Crosshill Service Reservoir United Utilities, Eric Wright Water Ltd

Judged to be a worthy winner due to its adoption of a cutting-edge digital solution, to future proof the structure and maintain water quality. It shows that heritage infrastructure can clearly benefit from advances in technology.

Other Nominees:

  • Blackpool Station North – Network Rail, Atkins, Volker Rail, Murphy
  • Marple Makeover - Canal & River Trust, KIER, Arcadis
  • Upper Chelburn Reservoir Remedial Works - United Utilities, Mott MacDonald Bentley
  • Warland Impounding Reservoir - United Utilities, Mott MacDonald Bentley


Salford Traffic Free Routes - Community Project Winner

Community Project

Salford Traffic Free Routes

Winner: Salford Traffic Free Routes - Salford City Council, Urban Vision, Horticon Ltd, The Casey Group Ltd, Groundwork Landscapes Ltd

Salford Traffic Free Routes demonstrated how a relatively small engineering project can make a significant change to the environment, promoting safe cycling and walking, leading to healthier lifestyles for local residents.

Highly Commended: Morecambe Wave Wall - Lancaster City Council, VBA, Environment Agency

Other Nominees:

  • Maghull North Station - Network Rail, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Merseytravel
  • A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SWECO DJV, Morgan Sindall
  • Accrington Townscape Heritage Initiative - Lancashire County Council, IBI Group, NMS Civil Engineering Ltd, Hyndburn Borough Council, Heritage Lottery Fund


Landmark - Constructability Award Winner

Constructability - new in 2019 - sponsored by the Temporary Works Forum


Winner: Landmark – Bowmer + Kirkland, Andun Ltd, Curtins

This ICE North West Chair’s Constructability Award focuses on the collaborative approach to temporary works and buildability. Landmark won due to their innovative approach in combining temporary and permanent works, to solve the challenges on site.


Other Nominee:

  • Maghull North Station - Network Rail, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Merseytravel


InterEngineering North West - Diversity Winner

Diversity Award - sponsored by Tony Gee


Winner: InterEngineering North West

It is encouraging to see so many examples of good practice to celebrate. InterEngineering North West won for their approach to supporting LGBT+ engineers across the whole industry.

Other Nominees:

  • Curtins
  • Mott MacDonald North West Rail Team
  • Sellafield Ltd


Russell Smith - Mentor Winner

Mentor Award

mentor award winner

Winner: Russell Smith

The judges regarded Russell as an outstanding advocate for civil engineering. He supports many young engineers towards their qualifications and is promoting a supportive culture throughout his company.


Other Nominee:

  • Nicholas Brookes


Jason Hyde - Volunteer Winner

Volunteer Award


Jason’s commitment to supporting young people is clear through the many voluntary activities he carries out. He also spearheads the ICE relationship with the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, introducing many hundreds of people to civil engineering via STEM activities.

Other Nominees:

  • Jennie Harrison
  • Nushma Juwaheer
  • Alison Waterworth

Manchester Airport - Heritage Award Winner

Heritage Award - sponsored by Mott MacDonald

heriatge award winner

Winner: Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport’s cultural and economic impact on the North West has been enormous. It continues to be an iconic site as it adapts and grows to meet the travelling needs of the public, making it a worthy winner.


Other Nominee:

  • Lock 15
  • Marple Aqueduct
  • Plover Scar Lighthouse