Wales Cymru - awards

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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

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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 about the 2017 Awards

Recognising individual achievement

Showcasing the efforts of our members is important and helps recognise their individual expertise and contribution to the profession.

Ben Barr Award

Ben Barr Award

The ICE Wales Cymru Prize - also known as the Ben Barr Award - is given to an outstanding civil engineer who has just become professionally qualified.

It's 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 goes to an engineer who showed exceptional qualities during their review. This might be 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.

2017 winners

The winners of the Ben Barr Award 2017, announced at the ICE Wales Cymru Awards Dinner on Friday 17 June 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff are:

Guto Gwynedd
Guto Gwynedd CEng MICE, MWH Global, Swansea. Guto's Reviewers were Paul Harding and Omar Hamza.
James Barry
James Barry EngTech MICE, Rhonda Cynon Taff County Borough Council. James' Reviewers were Mark O'Neill and Paul Barnes.

Congratulations Guto and James.


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

Philip Thiele, winner of the 2017 Paterson Prize
Philip Thiele, winner of the 2017 Paterson Prize

The winner of the Paterson Prize Award 2017, presented at the ICE Wales Cymru Awards Dinner on Friday 16 June 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff is Philip Thiele for his Essay: Discuss the advantages and limitations of Civil Engineers becoming specialists in their chosen field. How can these limitations be addressed?

Philip was nominated by his Reviewers Huw Williams and Geoff Hughes.

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.

2017 winner

The ICE Wales Cymru 2017 Emerging Engineer Award Winner is Syed Muaaz-Us-Salam, a student in Cardiff University, for his paper entitled: "Automated Compliance Checking of UK Building Regulations"

Louise receives her award from ICE President Sir John Armitt
Syed Muaaz-Us-Salam receives his award from ICE President Tim Broyd

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.

2017 winner

The 2017 award was presented to Josh Archer - congratulations Josh!
The 2017 award was presented to Josh Archer - congratulations Josh!

The 2017 award was presented to Josh Archer - congratulations Josh!

This is civil engineering photography competition

This is civil engineering photography competition

Civil engineering is all around us. From the Mumbles Pier to the Britannia Bridge, it has helped to shape our world.

Join us in celebrating civil engineering in Wales by entering our annual photo competition (3 categories: Under 16s; 16+ years; and Fairness/Inclusion/Respect (e.g. the photo that best captures/promotes diversity in civil engineering i.e. disability, gender, religion etc.).

This competition is open to all schools, colleges, photo clubs, members of the public, as well as industry colleagues.

We had over 80 entries for the 2017 competition, find out the results of the competition.

2016 winners

Find our more about our winning photos.

The Lone Examiner by Robert Woods.
"The Lone Examiner" by Robert Woods.

First place

A stunning image showing a single civil engineer in orange coloured high visibility clothing suspended in the centre of an otherwise monochrome setting of the underneath of the Britannia Bridge in north Wales. It was taken by Robert, who works for Amey, with on Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera.

New Rail Bridge by Adrian Webster
"New Rail Bridge" by Adrian Webster

Second place

A black and white image showing the installation of the new rail bridge at the appropriately named Bridge Street, Newport. Adrian used a Canon EOS 750D to capture the image.

Cardiff Bay Bridge by Greg Garson
"Cardiff Bay Bridge" by Greg Garson

Third place

A stunning image of the Bay captured from underneath the A4232 link road by Greg with his Samsung Galaxy A3 smartphone, proving that good photographs can be taken with phone cameras.

Final Adjustments to Bridge St Bridge by Chris Meaker
"Final Adjustments to Bridge St Bridge" by Chris Meaker

People's Favourite

This photograph of the new bridge at Newport stood out at the public exhibition and the judges decided to award it a People's Favourite Award. Chris captured this image with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Devil's Bridge by Mike Cronly.
Devil's Bridge" by Mike Cronly.

Heritage Award

"The village of Devil's Bridge, near Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, is well known for its three bridges, built one on top of the other, and the cascading waterfalls of the River Mynach. Mike used a Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Devil's Bridge" by Mike Cronly

Harlech Castle Visitor Centre Footbridge by John Mather
"Harlech Castle Visitor Centre Footbridge" by John Mather

Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Award

The "floating" visitor centre footbridge at Harlech Castle which provides flat access for all visitors making the Castle easily accessible to those with mobility issues. This image was taken with a Panasonic FZ38 Lumix Camera.


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Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

As one of the four core national activities for ICE 200, this competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular 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 your chosen idea.

Entering the 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 2019 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge in Bristol. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2019 will be awarded.

The Wales Cyrmu region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in Wales.

To enter, you just need to complete and send the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to [email protected] by 1 March 2018.

If we like the look of your 60 second video, you will be shortlisted and invited to come along to the regional Wales final to give a live presentation. This will take place on the 26th April at 5:30pm in Cardiff University.

ICE 200

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video by 1 March 2018 to the Wales Cymru Regional Support Team.

Download our application form
Download the Pitch 200 flyer
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more
Welsh language version

Prizes for the Wales Cyrmu Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019

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