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ICE Wales Cymru arranges awards and competitions to promote the achievements of civil engineers in the region.

ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards include the George Gibby Award, Roy Edwards Award, Bill Ward Sustainability Award, Designed in Wales Award, Studies and Research Award, and the Emerging Engineers Award.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

Project Awards

The ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards celebrate Welsh civil engineering and recognise outstanding design, construction, studies/research, sustainability, innovation and emerging engineers.

Find out who the winners were.

Recognising individual achievement

In addition to our Project Awards, a number of individual awards are presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and expertise or made an exceptional contribution to the profession.

Ben Barr Award

Ben Barr Award

The Ben Barr Award is open to civil engineers who passed their Professional Review in the year before the award is presented, and were living or working in Wales at the time.

The award is presented to an engineer who has demonstrated exceptional qualities during their review. This might be in their use of engineering principles, knowledge of construction, and in the design and construction of temporary or permanent works.

There are three categories - CEng MICE, IEng MICE and EngTech MICE. Candidates are nominated by their two reviewers and a winner is chosen from the shortlist.

The Ben Barr Award is named after a former chairman of ICE Wales Cymru and is sponsored by Symmons Madge Associates.

2019 winners

The winners of the Ben Barr Award 2019, announced at the ICE Wales Cymru Awards Dinner on Friday 17 June 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff are:

Panagiotis Manis and Annie Jenkins

Panagiotis Manis
Panagiotis Manis
Annie Jenkins
Annie Jenkins

Congratulations Panagiotis and Annie!


Paterson Prize Award

Paterson Prize Award

The Paterson Prize is awarded to the candidate who produces the best written exercise in their Professional Review.

It's open to newly qualified candidates living or working in Wales, who sat the review at incorporated or chartered level in the year before the award is presented.

Reviewers nominate candidates who put together a well structured argument in a high standard of clear, concise English. A winner is then chosen from the shortlist.

The award was originally given for the best script in the Management and Public Administration (MPA) exam, which became the Public Sector Management (PSM) examination.

The prize is named after Colonel James Andrew Paterson who gave a donation to ICE for the best essay by a Welsh candidate at Professional Review.

Most recent winner

Thomas St John, winner of the 2019 Paterson Prize
Thomas St John, winner of the 2019 Paterson Prize

The winner of the Paterson Prize Award 2019 was Dr Thomas St John of Mott MacDonald.

Thomas was presented with his awardb the ICE President, Andre Wyllie CBE at the ICE Wales Cymru Awards Dinner on 14 June 2019 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff.

Thomas was also Highly Commended for the Ben Barr Award in 2019.

Emerging Engineers Award

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award celebrates the best research, innovation, and presentation skills among graduate and student members. Entrants produce a paper or essay on a topic related to civil engineering.

The competition is an excellent opportunity to improve written communication and verbal presentation skills, and perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review.

2019 winner

The ICE Wales Cymru 2019 Emerging Engineer Award Winner is Dr Brunella Balzano of Cardiff University, for her paper entitled: "Design of hybrid shape memory polymer tendons for enhanced concrete crack-closure"

Brunella Balzano

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

ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year

ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year

The ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year Award is considered by a Review Board and is awarded based on an overall assessment of the Apprentices including both professional academic study.

2019 winner

Lewis Francis
Lewis Francis - ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year Award

The 2019 award was presented to Lewis Francis - congratulations Lewis!

This is civil engineering photography competition

Civil engineering is all around us, it helps shape our world.

This year, as a change to our usual competition we are encouraging you not to go out and about, but asking you to look through past photos for your examples of civil engineering:

Any photograph; taken at any time; anywhere in the world

New category for 2020: Welsh Engineers Abroad

This competition is open to all to help celebrate civil engineering.

Subject of Photographs:

Any aspect of civil engineering (the built environment) old or new / under construction or completed Buildings, bridges, roadways, transportation, embankments, people in construction, tools of construction, methods of construction, materials of construction, etc…

An on-line exhibition of the best photos will be held, commencing October 2020.


Please note: Do not put yourself or anyone else in danger if you are taking a photo.

All photographs are to be taken by entrant.

2019 winners

First place

A Nod of Remembrance by Xander Evans
"A Nod of Remembrance" by Xander Evans

The 2019 winner was "A Nod of Remembrance", by Xander Evans. An intriguing view of the iconic Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, seen through the war memorial to Merchant Seaman lost at sea.

Second place

Don't Look Down! by Jack James
"Don't Look Down!" by Jack James

Second prize went to Jack James for "Don't Look Down!" - maintenance work on the mighty Principality Stadium.

Third place

Anaerobic digester at Stormydown  by Nathaniel Jenkins
"Anaerobic digester at Stormydown" by Nathaniel Jenkins

Third prize was awarded to Nathaniel Jenkins for his aerial photograph of the anaerobic digester at Stormydown.

Heritage Award

Wentwood Reservoir Valve Tower by Jeremy Fletcher
"Wentwood Reservoir Valve Tower" by Jeremy Fletcher

The winner of the Heritage Award was Jeremy Fletcher, with 2 photos showing Wentwood Reservoir Valve Tower, during, and after reconstruction.

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How to enter

  1. Choose your best image/images of any aspect of civil engineering.
  2. Read the Conditions of Entry.
  3. Send your digital photograph(s) to [email protected] by 31 August 2020.


  • Winner: £100, 2nd: £50, 3rd: £25 (in Amazon vouchers)
  • Heritage Award: £25
  • Welsh Engineers Abroad: £25

Previous winners

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Winning photos from previous years

This compilation image is of winning photos from previous years.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference!

Established as part of our bicentenary year in 2018, Pitch 200 shows how civil engineers transform lives and by doing so, encourage the next generation into the profession.

Pitch 200 draws on engineers’ creativity to demonstrate an 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 their chosen idea.

Entering 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 2020 (providing a ‘money can’t buy’ prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner)

Due to the coronavirus emergency, we've changed the format of the competition this year to keep everyone safe.

To enter, applicants should create a video of no more than 200 seconds using what props or materials they can find around their home. Your pitch can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect of civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.

You can record your pitch on a mobile phone or tablet. Alternatively, applications such as PowerPoint include options to record using webcam and audio.

Download entry form

Entry details in brief

Fill in an application form and send your 200-second video via (or other filesharing service) to [email protected], presenting your idea, concept or project.

Closing date: 17.00, 30 April 2020.

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