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 2018

Awards are made for civil engineering projects with a regional dimension in recognition of achievement, excellence or innovation in civil engineering. Nominated projects will normally be expected to have been completed or substantially completed not more than two years before the closing date for nominations.

Factors to be taken into account will include value and impact on society, 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.


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


  • Early bird submission deadline: 20 October 2017
  • Entry submission deadline: 3 November 2017
  • November/December 2017 shortlisted project presentations to judges
  • December 2017 to January 2018 site visits (if required)
  • Friday 2 March 2018 - Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

The results will be announced live on the night and awards presented by ICE President elect Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS.

*Please note this year the Smeaton Award and Sir John Fowler Award categories have changed.

2017 award winners

Centenary Award - projects £5m and over

  • A160 Port of Immingham Improvements Project

    A160 Port of Immingham Improvements Project

      Winner: Centenary Award

      • Client: Highways England
      • Designer: Jacobs
      • Contractor: Costain

    The A160 Port of Immingham Improvements project has upgraded the Highway network between the existing A180 and the Port of Immingham. This project will improve access to the southern bank of the Humber, where there is undeveloped land fronting a deep water estuary - a rarity in Great Britain. Immingham Port is one of the UK’s largest, handling around 10% of the cargo market. The objectives of the project are to improve the safety of road users and local communities, reduce traffic congestion and improve journey time reliability. Investment is proceeding in the area to assist the UK’s trading capabilities.

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Certificate of Excellence:

Great Yorkshire Way
Client: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council | Designer: Mott MacDonald | Contractor: Carillion Construction Services

M1 J39-42 Smart Motorway
Client: Highways England | Designer: HHJV (Hyder Halcrow Joint Venture) | Contractor: bmJV (BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall Joint Venture)

Sandsend Road Slope Stabilisation and Coastal Protection Scheme
Client: North Yorkshire County Council | Designer: Royal Haskoning DHV | Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Certificate of Commendation:

  • Bransholme Storm Water Pumping Station
  • Chantry Cottages – Dutch River
  • East Riding Leisure, Bridlington
  • Kirkstall Forge
  • Tinsley Bus Rapid Transit
  • Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS)

Smeaton Award - projects greater than £500k but less than £5m

  • Butterley Spillway Improvement Works

    Butterley Spillway Improvement Works

      Winner: Smeaton Award

      • Client: Yorkshire Water Services
      • Designer: Mott MacDonald Bentley
      • Contractor: Mott MacDonald Bentley

    The project incorporated significant improvement works to the only Grade II listed spillway in the United Kingdom, at Butterley Impounding Reservoir in Marsden, West Yorkshire. The works included the demolition and complete rebuild of two thirds of the spillway, to improve the hydraulics and increase flow capacity.

    The remaining third of the spillway was also refurbished, with new internal drainage installed, along with a new fibre reinforced stepped concrete invert. To comply with the 30 planning conditions and listed building consents, key features including large section of existing spillway walls and pillars were retained, with minimal modification.

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Certificate of Excellence:

Haigh Lane
Client: Network Rail | Designer: Network Rail, Arup | Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Certificate of Commendation:

  • Linton Bridge Stabilisation Works
  • SHB/66 - White Cross Lane Railway Overbridge
  • Stage @TheDock

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

  • Brow Wood Underbridge

    Brow Wood Underbridge

      Winner: Sir John Fowler Award

      • Client: Network Rail
      • Designer: Arup
      • Contractor: Balvac Balfour Beatty

    Brow Wood is a single skew span masonry arch under-bridge carrying a single bidirectional track between Egton and Grosmont, southwest of Whitby in the North York Moors National Park. The bridge is constructed using the traditional brick arch with masonry abutments. The scope of works is determined using the Bridge Detailed Examination Report and the Project Requirement Specification, as well as Balvac’s specialist expertise in resin injection to various structures including Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Culverts. This experience helped us design the water management system for Brow Wood.

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Certificate Of Excellence:

Digley IRE Valve Tower Metalwork Replacement Scheme
Client: Yorkshire Water Services | Designer: Mott MacDonald Bentley | Contractor: Mott MacDonald Bentley

Certificate of Commendation:

  • Broomhead Bridge, Sheffield Streets Ahead Programme
  • Flamborough Head Sewerage Pumping Station
  • Housing Leeds Investment Strategy