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

A477 - St Clears to Red Roses at dawn

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.

2016 winners

Lee Davies with ICE President Sir John Armitt
Lee Davies with ICE President Sir John Armitt

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

Lee Davies CEng MICE, Dawnus, Swansea. Lee's Reviewers were Patricia Fort and Tony Wakeman.

Congratulations Lee.


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.

Communications Competition

Communications Competition

The ICE Communications Competition gives young civil engineers the opportunity to develop and show their communications skills. The engineers have to explain and promote the benefits of an engineering scheme proposal at a mock public consultation, and compete for the Wales regional prize of £250. Regional winners then face each other in the National Final for the £500 prize.

Entry forms for the 2016 competition will be available from the ICE Wales Cymru Regional Support Team.

You can find out more on the main Communications Competition page.

2016 winners

The winning team in the ICE Wales 2016 Communications Competition
The winning team in the ICE Wales 2016 Communications Competition

Mott MacDonald's team: Eva Linnell, Emma McGivern, Keith Jones, Peter Symmons, Ioannis Paraskevoulakos, Rhys Doyle, Oliver Jeffries, Francesca Crawford-Merrett, Sarah Perera

Meet a former winner

2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges
2016 winners, Yorkshire & Humber team with judges

ICE Yorkshire & Humber team from Mott MacDonald won the 2016 Graduate and Student Communications Competition with their presentation on the Ballygrand City Arterial Route Upgrade. The chair of the judging panel, ICE Vice President, Zara Lamont, said: “It was a close call between the teams and the deciding factor came down to how well the teams answered the questions from the audience. ICE Yorkshire and Humber team did exceptionally well and answered all the questions in an empathic and professional way.”

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. The Wales regional winner's prize is £250.

Download the flyer
Download the application form

2016 winner

The ICE Wales Cymru 2016 Emerging Engineer Award Winner is Louise Sørensen-Bentham, a student in Swansea University, for her paper entitled: "Proposed design and operation for the re-opening of the Swansea-Mumbles Railway".

Louise receives her award from ICE President Sir John Armitt
Louise receives her award from ICE President Sir John Armitt

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.

2016 winner

Joshua is presented with his award, by ICE President, Sir John Armitt
Joshua is presented with his award, by ICE President, Sir John Armitt

The 2016 award was presented to Joshua Short - congratulations Joshua!

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.

Deadline for entries is 12 Noon on the 31 August 2017 - photographs taken between 1 October 2016 and 31 August 2017).

An exhibition of the best photos will be held in the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay, and the Special Awards Ceremony will be held on 2 October 2017 venue TBC.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 to 24 September 2017.

Download our flyer and conditions of entry

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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