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 were revealed live at our gala dinner held at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

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2018 Award winners

ICE 200 Special Award

Mersey Gateway

Mersey Gateway

In recognition of ICE's bicentenary and a phenomenal feat of engineering which has changed the local skyline, the Mersey Gateway project is awarded the ICE 200 Special Award.

Merseylink embarked on its relationship with Halton Borough Council in 2014 with full determination not only to respond to the specifics of the project, but to share fully the aspirations of HBC to create a ‘Bridge to Prosperity’.

The Mersey Gateway Bridge is a new 1000m 4 span cabled-stayed bridge over the River Mersey delivering a six lane toll bridge and upgrades to 7.2km of strategic highway network.The project reconfigured eight major junctions in Runcorn and Widnes to improve the road network and direct traffic over the new bridge.

At £600m Mersey Gateway is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK. The project posed numerous technological and construction challenges, including working in the tidal range and flow of the River Mersey which required the construction of a trestle access platform across the river and creation of watertight cofferdams to construct the three pylons, reaching heights of 125m. Despite such challenges, the bridge opened on schedule on 14 October 2017.

Ordsall Chord

Large project: Winner

Project teams: Network Rail, Aecom Mott MacDonald JV, Skanska Bam JV, BDP, Siemens, Amey Sersa JV, Severfield

The Ordsall Chord is a new railway link connecting Manchester’s main railway stations for the first time, reducing rail congestion, allowing the introduction of entirely new railway services, and fostering economic benefits throughout the north of England.

The scheme is supported entirely on elevated viaduct, including the new landmark River Irwell Crossing (the first bridge of its type in the UK), and extensive widening of Victorian railway structures. Key heritage structures have been refurbished and enhanced, including the Grade I Listed Stephenson’s Bridge.

Ordsall Chord

Also nominated:

  • Blackburn Depot - Network Rail, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Atkins
  • Mersey Gateway - Merseylink, Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Ltd, COWI, Aecom, Eptisa, Phecor, (plus many other contractors andsuppliers)
  • Sellafield Interim Storage Facility - Sellafield Ltd, Arup, Morgan Sindall
  • Stockport Town Centre Access Plan - Stockport Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Wilde Consultants Ltd, George Cox & Sons Ltd, Bethel Construction Ltd, Solutions SK

Mersey Loop

Mersey Loop

Medium Project: Winner

Project teams: Network Rail Infrastructure Projects LNW, Arcadis, Story Contracting

This project renewed over 1.2km track slab, originally installed in the '70s, hidden 40 metres beneath the city. These most challenging sections within the Liverpool Underground network meant dealing with ground water ingress, steep gradients and tight curvature. The renewals will ensure the network remains reliable and safe for the next 65 years.

Highly commended

  • Eden Brows - Network Rail, Story Contracting

Also nominated:

  • A559 Chester Way / Leicester Street Roundabout Improvements - Cheshire West and Chester Council, Atkins, AE Yates LtMersey Loop - Network Rail Infrastructure Projects LNW, Arcadis, Story Contracting
  • Ashton Station Redevelopment - Network Rail, Tony Gee & Partners, Buckingham Contracting, Vitec Webber Linehan, Amey Consulting, AmeySersa
  • Chancery House - Chancery House LLP, Ridge & Partners LLP, NU Construction Ltd, Falconer Chester Hall, JCC Building Services LLP, Civic Engineers
  • Chester Bus Interchange - Cheshire West and Chester, Mott MacDonald, Graham Construction
  • Franklaw Incident - United Utilities, Murphy’s
  • Hesketh Out Marsh East Managed Realignment Scheme - Environment Agency, CH2M, AE Yates, AMCO, Black & Veatch, Kestrel Cam
  • Morecambe Wave Wall - Environment Agency, Lancaster City Council, VBA JV - VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins
  • Plymouth Road Bridge Reconstruction - Blackpool Borough Council, Wilde Consultants Ltd, Story Contracting Ltd
  • Rochdale Station Capacity Upgrade - Network Rail, Mott MacDonald, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd
  • Salford Flood Improvement Scheme - Environment Agency, Jacobs, Galliford Try, Black & Veatch JV, Arcadis, Mott MacDonald, Axis, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
  • Town Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme - Environment Agency, CH2M, JBA-Bentley, Atkins

Earnsdale Impounding Reservoir Improvements

Small Project: Winner

Project teams: United Utilities, GHD, Askam Engineering

The improvement work at Earnsdale impounding reservoir included several ground breaking technical innovations for UK dam engineering, specifically the first use of a reinforced earth wall, coupled with the use of deep soil mixing and a geotextile reinforced load transfer platform to improve stability of an earth dam. The reservoir safety improvements were implemented using the latest geotechnical standards and supported with a 3D earthworks model which coordinated and helped articulate the project risks and challenging phasing of works.

Earnsdale Impounding Reservoir Improvements

Also nominated:

  • Derwent Island Boathouse - National Trust, Lewis Surveying Associates, Stobbarts, Tweddell & Slater, Jetties & Moorings
  • Glebe Road Rising Main Repair - United Utilities Water Plc, Amey, Warrior Trenchless Solutions Ltd
  • Granary Culvert - Environment Agency, GHD, VBA
  • Lydgate Viaduct Strengthening - Network Rail, Tony Gee & Partners, J Murphy & Sons
  • Middlewood Road VRS and Drainage Improvement - Cheshire East Council, Jacobs, Ringway Jacobs, Harry Fairclough (Construction) Ltd
  • Penrith Station, Access for All - Network Rail, Tony Gee & Partners, Story Contracting, Vitec Webber Linehan, Arcadis

River Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme

River Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme

Community Project: Winner

Project teams: Environment Agency, CH2M, Galliford Try Black & Veatch JV, Jacobs, Volker Stevin, Birse, Axis Planning

This Environment Agency project is of huge importance to Warrington, particularly those communities most at risk of flooding. While providing 5km walls and 2.2km embankments to reduce flood risk, it is the community engagement that has provided the town with an enhanced and lasting legacy. Its overriding aim was to ‘create a better place for people and wildlife’ and was achieved through active engagement with affected communities resulting in improvements to a local park, new/improved paths/cycleways, heritage and nature conservation enhancements and school artwork.

Highly commended

  • A556 Knutsford to Bowden improvement scheme - Highways England, Capita, Costain

Also nominated:

  • A66/590 Flood Mitigation Scheme - Highways England, Kier Highways
  • Croston Flood Risk Management Scheme - Environment Agency, CH2M, VBA
  • Granary Culvert - Environment Agency, GHD, VBA
  • Mersey Gateway - Merseylink, Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Ltd, COWI, Aecom, Eptisa, Phecor (plus many other contractors and suppliers)
  • Plymouth Road Bridge Reconstruction - Blackpool Council, Wilde Consulting Engineers, Story Contracting

Runcorn Railway Bridge

Heritage Award: Winner

The listed Runcorn Railway Bridge, or Ethelfleda Bridge, is an epic railway structure spanning the Mersey at the Runcorn Gap. Built in the mid 1800s, it spans the river in 3 x 93m girders in wrought iron placed on masonry piers high above the river.

The bridge shortened the journey to Liverpool considerably and enabled the great port to continue its expansion. The bridge was recently assessed as part of the updating of the west coast main line and was passed in the top grade of railway bridge for railway operations. Furthermore, it will be used in any HS2 connection to Liverpool. Not bad for a bridge of this age!

Runcorn Railway Bridge

Also nominated:

  • Albert Dock Liverpool
  • Hodbarrow Sea Defences, Duddon Sands
  • Stevenson’s lighthouses of the Isle of Man

Richard Macilwaine

Mentor of the Year

Organisation: Environment Agency

For many years Richard Macilwaine has been the cornerstone of support for civil engineers working within the Environment Agency; this has spanned from mentoring, training and developing of staff through to his role as Supporting Civil Engineer. His continuous commitment, experience and support - especially in the run up to Professional Reviews - has benefitted many engineers.

Also nominated:

  • Colin Buckle, Carillion Plc
  • Pedro Faustino Marques, WSP
  • Andy Render, Kier Highways

Chris Hudson

Volunteer of the Year

Organisation: VolkerStevin, ICE Lancashire Branch, ICE Historic Engineering Group

Chris Hudson is a force of nature in terms of promoting the ICE from his local branch, through to heritage across the region and this year, supporting the ICE 200 campaign. He gives talks, attends meetings, engages with people from both inside and outside the profession and still finds the time to post it all on social media.

Also nominated:

  • Antje Budge, Balfour Beatty, ICE Cheshire Branch
  • Kathleen Harrison, Jacobs, ICE Equality and Diversity Group, ICE Manchester Branch, ICE Committee Member, Delegated Engineer
  • Abigail Kiernan, Network Rail, ICE Equality and Diversity Group, ICE Cheshire Branch
  • Keith MacDonald, United Utilities


Diversity Winner

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