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ICE West Midlands organises a number of competitions and awards to celebrate the achievements of civil engineers and recognise outstanding work in the region.

Find out more about the regional awards and competitions.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

ICE West Midlands Annual Awards 2018

ICE West Midlands Awards 2018

Are you proud of your project, part of an outstanding team, or have worked on a significant research project? Applications for the ICE West Midlands Annual Awards 2018 - the regional showcase for civil engineering excellence will open in October 2017.

Recognising individual achievement

ICE West Midlands recognises high-achieving technicians every year by presenting a Technician Award to those nominated by their colleges or universities.

Best Technician Student award

Best Technician Student award

Each year, colleges and universities in the West Midlands are asked to nominate a student who has performed at an outstanding level whilst studying for a National Certificate or Diploma, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma, Higher National Certificate or Diploma, or Foundation Degree.

Previous winner

2016 Award winners
2016 Emerging Engineers winner Ian Townsend

Winner of the Technician Award 2016 Ian Townsend with guest speaker Professor Alice Roberts, ICE Vice President Zara Lamont and ICE West Midlands Chair (2015-16) Mark Downes.


Communications Competition

Communications Competition

The Communications Competition is open to graduate and student members of ICE and is an opportunity for them to test their communication skills in front of an audience.

This competition will be replaced by Pitch 200 in 2018.

Most recent winner

2017 winning team
2017 winning team

The ICE West Midlands communications competition winners for 2017 were Sara Ali, James Reader, Ramon Agudos Parros and James Whalley from Arup in Solihulll.

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 next regional competition: 8 June 2017.

Key dates:

Submission of 400 word synopsis: 10 March 2017

Shortlisting of candidates: 27 March 2017

Submission of papers: 5 May 2017

Regional Final: 10 May 2017

For further information contact ICE West Midlands Graduates and Students events organiser, Tom Sherratt at: tom.sherratt@arcadis.com.

The winner will receive £250 and a ticket to the West Midlands Awards on 17 May 2017.

Previous winner

2016 Award winners
2016 Emerging Engineers winners

Winner of the West Midlands round of the Emerging Engineers competition 2016 was Connah Jones for his paper 'Investigating the strengthening of concrete T-beams in shear with embedded glass fibre-reinforced polymer bars'

Image of Connah receiving his award from Professor Alice Roberts, Mark Downes (ICE WM Chairman 2015-16) and Zara Lamont (ICE Vice President).

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

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 East & West Midlands region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the East or West Midlands region.

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to ice.westmidlands@ice.org.uk by 31 December 2017.

ICE 200

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video via We Transfer by 31 December 2017 to the East & West Midlands Regional Support Team.

Download our application form
Download our Pitch 200 flyer
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more

Pitch 200 Midlands final

Prizes for the East & West Midlands Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019

This is civil engineering photography competition

This is civil engineering photography comptetition

Are you a keen photographer? Do you have an artistic side?

If so, it would be great to see your creative vision of civil engineering in the West Midlands.

This isn't a competition about photography skills. ICE West Midlands is simply looking for images that raise the profile of the profession and help the public understand civil engineering.

The winner will receive two tickets for the ICE West Midlands Annual Awards on 21 May 2015.

How to enter:

Submit up to three images taken in the ICE West Midlands region - Birmingham, Shropshire, Coventry and Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcester, and Staffordshire.

The judges are looking for your own interpretation of what embodies civil engineering, such as landscapes, structure, buildings or people.

Images must be sent in digital format to rebecca.lloyd@ice.org.uk no later than Friday 10 April 2015.

Please remember to include your name, contact details, details about the picture, type of camera and, if appropriate, settings used.

Follow ICEWESTMIDLANDSREGION on Instagram and tag your photos with #thisiscivilengineeringWM.

Previous winner

Winner to be announced in April 2015.


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