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 2020

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.

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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


  • Early bird submission deadline: 29 November 2019
  • Entry submission deadline: 13 December 2019
  • December 2019 shortlisted project presentations to judges
  • January 2020 site visits (if required)
  • Friday 6 March 2020 - Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Sheffield City Hall

The results will be announced live on the night.

2019 award winners

Centenary Award - projects £5m and over

  • Hornsea Onshore Substation

    Skipton flood alleviation scheme

      Winner: Centenary Award

    The Hornsea Onshore Substation (HOW01), delivered by Ørsted Energy, WSP and Balfour Beatty, was the Centenary Award winner at the ceremony, which recognises engineering excellence in Yorkshire and Humber infrastructure projects.

    The category was open to projects with a total cost of more than £5 million.

    When operational in 2022, the wind farm will supply clean electricity to over 1.3 million homes, and surpass its sister project Hornsea Project One, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

    The new onshore substation facility will transform the power produced by Hornsea Project Two wind farm before connecting to the National Grid. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will deliver the mechanical and electrical services for the new state-of-the-art facility.

    The offshore element is located off the Yorkshire coast and spans an area of around 407 square miles, constructing 174 turbines.

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

  • Knostrop Footbridge

    Knostrop Footbridge

      Winner: Smeaton Award

    Knostrop Footbridge, delivered by Mott MacDonald and Bam Nuttall on behalf of Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, was the Smeaton Award category winner.

    The category was open to projects with a total cost between £500,000 and £5 million.

    The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency aims to provided Leeds city centre - and over 3,000 homes and 500 businesses - with protection against flood events from the River Aire, while enabling key regeneration opportunities in the South Bank area.

    The 70m Knostrop Footbridge consists of a four-span, externally painted weathering steel curved soffit box girder. With a thickness of only 50mm, the piers virtually disappear when viewed end on, giving the bridge a floating appearance and creating a striking gateway to the city of Leeds.

    The superstructure width varies throughout its length, using a graceful plan curvature to create viewing areas above the piers.

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

  • Strategic Drainage Management Plan (SDMP) Pilots

     Strategic Drainage Management Plan (SDMP) Pilots

      Winner: Sir John Fowler Award

    The Strategic Drainage Management Plan (SDMP) Pilots, delivered by Stantec on behalf of Yorkshire Water, was the Sir John Fowler Award winner at the awards.

    The category was open to projects which had undertaken research or a feasibility study in the region.

    The SDMP Pilots have provided the foundation for Yorkshire Water to enhance drainage planning and engagement across Yorkshire Water's region in the next investment period 2020-2025 and beyond.

    The pilot identified the needs of multiple stakeholders and developed catchment solutions, to create multiple benefits.

    While developing an underpinning framework/guidance for the drainage management plans, it created routines to provide insight across the whole of the region.

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Regional Education Award Winners

  • Ambassador Award winner – Nik Vardakastanis GMICE
  • Special Recognition Awards winner – Josie Rothera CEng MICE FHEA
  • Company Award winner – AECOM

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

Certificates of Excellence:

  • Standedge Tunnel End Aqueduct Reconstruction, Huddersfield (Network Rail, TSP Projects, AmcoGiffen)
  • Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Scheme (Scarborough Borough Council, JBA Consulting, Esh Construction Ltd, Royal HaskoningDHV, Environment Agency, Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Trust, Yorkshire Water)
  • Boeing Sheffield (Mott MacDonald, J F Finnegan LTD)
  • MRIHCT (children’s hybrid cardiac theatre and intra-operative MRI) (Mott MacDonald, BAM, NHS)
  • Brough Relief Road Phase 2 (East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Pell Frischmann, CR Reynolds)
  • Attlee Drive, Goole Sewer Flooding Alleviation (Yorkshire Water, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), The Joseph Gallagher Group)

Certificates of Commendation:

  • Performance of Rice Husk Ash Concrete in Sulfate Solutions (Leeds Beckett University)
  • Market Street, Mexborough (Yorkshire Water, GHD, Barhale)
  • Wakefield Kirkgate Highways Flood Storage System (Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Hinko Construction)
  • Bolton upon Dearne Wastewater Treatment Works (Galliford Try, Yorkshire Water, GHD)
  • Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan Phase 2 (East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Amey, PBS Construction Ltd, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership)