Yorkshire and Humber - annual awards

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The annual ICE Yorkshire and Humber Awards showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering.

ICE Yorkshire and Humber Civil Engineering Awards 2021

Awards are made for civil engineering projects with a regional dimension in recognition of achievement, excellence or innovation in civil engineering.

Factors to be taken into account will include value and impact on society, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, health safety and welfare, quality of design, innovation and best practice, difficulty and response, collaboration and excellence in delivery.

To be eligible for submission projects must be constructed in the Yorkshire and Humber region, designed in the region and constructed overseas, or a feasibility study/research project largely undertaken in the region.

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  • Centenary Award - projects £5m and over
  • Smeaton Award - projects less than £5m
  • Sir John Fowler Award – studies and research
  • Company Award
  • STEM Ambassador Award


  • Entry submission deadline: 11 December 2020
  • Shortlisted project presentations to judges: January 2021
  • Online Awards Ceremony: Friday 5 March 2021

The results will be announced live at the Online Awards Ceremony.

2020 award winners

Centenary Award - projects £5m and over

  • Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme

    Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme
      The Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme delivered Royal HaskoningDHV, Balfour Beatty, TMS and Addison Plant Ltd on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council was the Centenary Award winner at the ceremony, which recognises engineering excellence in Yorkshire and Humber infrastructure projects.

    The category was eligible to projects with a total cost in excess of £5 million.

    The £6.76m refurbishment of Whitby’s famous East and West Piers improved the condition of the Grade II listed structures including stabilising sandstone facing blocks of the piers, filling voids and repairing the top surface to prevent damage from water ingress during wave overtopping. A flood wall at Battery Parade will now lessen the impact of the waves, protecting five commercial properties.

    The judging panel said: “This repair of two 200-year-old structures used 21st century laser scanning to record every block and every defect in the two piers. The critical works were delivered in a tough coastal environment while being sympathetic to the constraints of working at the heart of a busy tourist destination.”

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Smeaton Award - projects less than £5m

  • Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1

    Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1

      Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1, delivered by Pell Frischmann and Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, was the Smeaton Award - projects less than £5m category winner. The category was eligible to projects with a total cost between £500,000 and £5 million.

    In 2007 more than 14,000 properties were affected by flooding in Kingston-Upon-Hull. In order to reduce future flooding, the COPFAS storm-water attenuation project was proposed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, protecting the areas of Cottingham and Orchard Park.

    Built in two phases, the first phase consists of a flood water collection system and was designed and constructed over three years from 2016 to 2019.

    Comments from the judging panel included: “Most flood alleviation schemes provide measures on the line of a watercourse. This project impressed with the modelling and innovation deployed in linking several streams which contributed to the dreadful flooding of Hull in 2007 to convey excess water under a railway and main road to a single new storm water attenuation area.”

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Sir John Fowler Award - projects or studies less than £500k

  • HS2 Impact Assessment

    HS2 Impact Assessment

      The HS2 Impact Assessment, delivered by Stantec on behalf of Yorkshire Water, was the Sir John Fowler Award winner at the awards. The category was eligible to projects which had undertaken research or a feasibility study in the region.

    High Speed 2 will be the UK’s new £56 billion high speed railway. As Yorkshire Water’s Strategic Planning Partner, Stantec were tasked with assessing, analysing and developing mitigation solutions to all 400 impacts for inclusion into HS2’s Hybrid Bill submission to Parliament. The output of this Impact Assessment was an outline mitigation solution, a working area plot and a budget estimate for each asset.

    Comments from the judging panel included: “When you hear that HS2 proposals will impact on 400 Yorkshire Water assets, from small supply pipes to a massive Victorian sewer under the proposed Leeds Station, you start to appreciate the immensity of coordinating a project of such magnitude.

    “This thorough study, completed under tight time constraints, combined multiple data sets to evaluate and mitigate the risk to our county's water assets.”

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Regional Education Award Winners

  • STEM Ambassador Award winner – Andy Magee
  • Special Recognition Awards winner – Matthew Brayfield
  • Company Award winner – Jacobs

Other schemes nominated for an award were given a Certificate of Excellence or Commendation.

Certificates of Excellence:

  • Mercia School, Sheffield (Sheffield City Council, Mott MacDonald, Bond Bryan, BAM Construction)
  • Humber Bridge Hanger Replacement and Testing (Humber Bridge Board, Atkins, The Spencer Group, COWI)
  • Scarborough Bridge, York (City of York Council, Network Rail and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, AECOM, AmcoGiffen
  • Wakefield Road Realignment Project (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Hinko Construction Ltd)

Certificates of Commendation:

  • Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme (North Lincolnshire Council, Mott MacDonald, VBA Joint Venture Ltd)
  • What challenges have the 2016 UK Government’s BIM mandate brought to AEC SMEs? (Leeds Beckett University, YORhub, thinkBIM)
  • Damflask Reservoir – North Scour Pipe Upgrade (Yorkshire Water, Mott MacDonald, JN Bentley)
  • River Aire Bridge Refurbishment (Network Rail, AmcoGifften)
  • Victoria Clough Culvert ((Environment Agency, JBA Bentley)