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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

This is civil engineering photography competition

ICE Wales Cymru runs an annual photo competition every year to celebrate the contribution civil engineers make to shaping the world around us.

An exhibition of the best photos will be be held at The Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. The overall winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at 7pm on 1 October 2019.

Find out more about this year's photo competition.

2018 winners

First place

Matt Sambrook & Louise Kennedy - He’s right behind me, isn’t he
He’s right behind me, isn’t he - Matt Sambrook & Louise Kennedy

2018's winner was "He's right behind me, isnt he", by Matt Sambrook and Louise Kennedy. Their photograph shows a depicts an underground inspection which captures the atmosphere of the location in a unique way.

Second place

Amie Jones Gateway Bridge at the A465 heads of the valleys section 2 scheme
Gateway Bridge at the A465 heads of the valleys section 2 scheme - Amie Jones

Second prize went to Amie Jones for "Gateway Bridge at the A465 Heads of the Valleys Section 2".

Third place

Greg Garson- Art and engineering at Cardiff Bay Barrage
Art and engineering at Cardiff Bay Barrage - Greg Garson

Third prize was awarded to Greg Garson for his photograph of the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

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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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