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ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2021 in association with Kier BAM

The ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards in association with Kier BAM showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering in the region.

The 2021 award winners were announced by Rob Bell, TV presenter and engineer, on Thursday 30 September at a gala ceremony in the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.

Project Awards:

  • Showcase Award – The Box, Plymouth
  • People’s Choice Award and Project Under £8m New Build Award – A38/A419 Whitminster Roundabout Canal Bridges
  • Judges’ Special Award and Community Award - Emergency Homeless Housing Project - Cornwall's Rapid Response to COVID-19
  • Collaboration Award - NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter
  • Project over £8m Re-engineered Award – Marine Parade, Dawlish
  • Project over £8m New Build Award - Hinkley Point C Marine Works – Tunnels
  • Project under £8m Re-engineered Award - Helston Flood Alleviation Scheme

Individual Awards:

  • Apprentice of the Year Award – Katie Lawson, Cormac Solutions
  • Graduate of the Year Award (winner) – Alex Kaye, Arup
  • Graduate of the Year Award (highly commended) – Sally Ameen, Richter

Judging Panel

Mike Gallop, Western Route Director, Network Rail, (Chair)

Mel Karam, CEO, Bristol Water

Abie Hearn, Divisional Manager, SWH Contracting

Glayne Price, South West Women in Construction (SWWIC) Chair and Director, LHC Design

Sally Walters, Framework Manager, Stantec

Sponsors

We are grateful to our main partner Kier BAM and all our supporting sponsors for helping us to celebrate civil engineering achievement and excellence in the region.

Headline sponsor

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Award and supporting sponsors

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Project finalists’ profiles

The Box

Plymouth

Showcase Award Winner

The redevelopment has created the largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage space in the South West, with 13 new galleries and exhibition spaces, a striking elevated archive, a new glass atrium and a brand new public square. Its ground-breaking design brings together three listed buildings of terrific cultural importance to Plymothians.

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The Box

A38/A419 Whitminster Roundabout Canal Bridges

Whitminster, Gloucester

People’s Choice Award & Project under £8m (New Build) Award winner

A38/A419 Whitminster Roundabout Canal Bridges

This project constructed a missing part of the Stroudwater Navigation Canal through the centre of a major roundabout. It will enable the future regeneration of brownfield sites along the canal corridor and provide a boost to tourism and health by connecting a long-distance walking/cycling route along the canal towpath.

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Emergency Homeless Housing Project - Cornwall's Rapid Response to COVID-19

Penzance and Truro, Cornwall

Judges’ Special Award & Community Award winner

As part of the emergency response following the coronavirus pandemic, the scheme saw the installation of 22 temporary dwellings on two sites, offering protection and stability to homeless and vulnerable people. With all works completed in three weeks, the project required close collaboration between partners and a willingness to innovate.

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Cornwall's Rapid Response to COVID-19

NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter

Devon

Collaboration Award winner

NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter

This highly collaborative project re-purposed a former retail unit into a 116-bed healthcare facility to provide care for patients suffering from coronavirus. At the height of the first national lockdown, the project delivered a fully operational ICU facility in just 57 days, providing vital additional capacity for local NHS Trusts.

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Helston Flood Alleviation Scheme

Helston, Cornwall

Project under £8m Re-Engineered Award winner

This project saw the construction of new defences covering 600m along the River Cober, completed in time for the first winter storm. The scheme has significantly reduced the risk of flooding along the eastern bank of the river from 20% to 1% in any one year, better protecting 121 homes.

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Helston Flood Alleviation Scheme

Hinkley Point C Marine Works – Tunnels

Hinkley Point C, Somerset

Project over £8m New Build Award winner

Hinkley Point C Marine Works – Tunnels

This project saw the completion of the first Tunnel Boring Machine drive and all onshore Primary Lining tunnel construction works. It involves the excavation of two 3.5km intake tunnels and one 1.8km outfall tunnel. Located 33m under the seabed, the tunnels are part of the power station cooling water supply.

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Marine Parade

Dawlish, Devon

Project over £8m New Build Award winner

As part of an ongoing rail resilience programme, a 350m length of sea wall and improved promenade have been constructed. The project has overcome engineering challenges to balance the needs of providing adequate protection to the railway and promenade users, with minimising beach loss and preserving views of the coastline.

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Marine Parade

Fleet Helicopter Support Unit HMNB Dockyard

Bull Point, Plymouth

Finalist

Fleet Helicopter Support Unit HMNB Dockyard

The Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) provides a new facility for the Royal Navy’s helicopter operations, specifically including training for both the Royal Navy and navies from other countries. The project has brought £6m of capital expenditure to Plymouth, supporting businesses and jobs for local people in the construction sector.

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Hinkley Point C Marine Works - Intake Heads

Avonmouth

Fianlsit

Four Intake and two Outfall Head structures will deliver essential cooling water required to run the Hinkley Point C Nuclear power station. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the team completed construction at Avonmouth on schedule, ahead of the next phase to lower the structures onto the Bristol Channel seabed.

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Hinkley Point C Marine Works - Intake Heads

Temple Circus

Bristol

Finalist

Temple Circus

The improvement scheme is a key highway infrastructure development in the ongoing Temple Quarter regeneration area. It has greatly improved the use of public space by widening footways and cycleways, reducing the number of pedestrian crossings, and creating a nicer environment for the public without significantly impacting road users.

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