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Civil Engineering Awards

ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2024 in association with Kier BAM.

The awards are held annually to showcase the achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering in the region. Projects are recognised across a wide-range of criteria, including technical excellence, community impact and commitment to sustainability. The rising stars of the regional industry are also honoured.

Entries are closed for this year and the 2024 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 25 June.

Chair of judges

The chair of judges oversees a rigorous judging process to ensure projects of the highest quality are recognised. Supported by a judging panel of influential industry experts, the chair of judges leads site visits to all shortlisted schemes before the winners are decided.

Liz Baldwin

Liz Baldwin

Southern Renewals Enterprise (Octavius)

southern integrated delivery alliance director

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Liz Baldwin

A Fellow of the ICE and project management professional, Liz has over 25 years’ experience in engineering and construction. Liz has built on her skills as an army officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers to deliver projects across a variety of sectors, including transport and highways schemes, leading a local authority project delivery team, and leading major multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects in the rail sector as both a contractor and consultant.

Prior to joining the Southern Integrated Delivery Alliance, Liz was the alliance manager on Wessex Capacity Alliance, a £450m rail infrastructure project, where she developed her passion for collaboration. She moved to Mott MacDonald as a project director working on HS2 and Crossrail 2 and was the principal account leader for the 140-strong foundations and geotechnics section within the metros and civil division. Most recently, she was the managing director for the highways and intelligent transport systems division. 

Liz is also a supervising civil engineer, Women in Rail mentor and led Mott MacDonald’s Armed Forces initiative. She was shortlisted for Mentor of the Year 2022 at the Women in Construction and Engineering Awards and for outstanding contribution at the Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2024.

Nigel Blackler

Nigel Blackler

Peninsula Transport

chief executive

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Nigel Blackler

Nigel worked for Cornwall Council for more than 15 years. He has previously held roles as head of transportation, waste and environment and service director for transport and infrastructure. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 and in 2018 he was honour for his outstanding contribution to local transport at the National Transport Awards.

William Mansfield

William Mansfield

Western Gateway

head of sustainable energy from the Severn Estuary

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William Mansfield

William has a varied background with a BSc in geography, a MSc in sustainable development, and has held a variety of research and policy roles, working with governments abroad and within the UK. This has included working with federal and provincial governments in Canada to resettle refugees during the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis, providing legal advice to Auckland Council on privacy law, developing NSW Police Force’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, Natural Resources Wales’s place-based work on climate change and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, and most recently on Western Gateway’s work on hydrogen and tidal energy.

William is currently the head of sustainable energy from the Severn Estuary at the Western Gateway. The Western Gateway is the UK’s first pan-regional economic powerhouse to span two countries, extending across South Wales and Western England, the partnership brings together local authorities, a combined authority, city regions, and governments (in Wales and Westminster). William’s role is focused on supporting its Independent Commission of experts which is tasked with determining whether there are feasible options for sustainably harnessing tidal energy in the Severn Estuary.

John Oliver

John Oliver

Babcock International Group

major infrastructure projects director (marine & technology)

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John Oliver

Following graduation in engineering, John joined BP and worked in a variety of technical, commercial and management roles before moving to a number of US energy companies to develop and deliver energy projects in the UK, US, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In 2003 he joined BAA as project leader on Terminal 5 and on the successful completion of the project moved to BG Group as global head of projects. In 2013, he was seconded to the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating Company in Kazakhstan to lead the $10 billion development of the Karachaganak Field.

Before joining Babcock, he was executive director of Sellafield Ltd and had accountability for all capital projects. He joined Sellafield in 2016, initially as the director responsible for the high hazard retrieval programmes, and latterly as director of projects. John joined Babcock in April 2020 and is currently major infrastructure projects director at Devonport Royal Dockyard.

He is also a non-executive director of the Major Projects Association and chairs the Constructing Excellence Major Projects Group.

John is chartered engineer and chartered project professional and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Association for Project Management and the Institute of Directors. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Kathryn Vowles

Kathryn Vowles

AECOM UK & Ireland

head of surface transportation, aviation & ports

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Kathryn Vowles

With a background in supply chain environmental management, Kathryn started her consultancy career as a Sustainability Consultant with Parsons Brinckerhoff. She developed and implemented strategies and management system for local authorities, government departments and international manufacturing companies. Kathryn was seconded into the Olympic Delivery Authority to support the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Park.

She has taken her experience of infrastructure strategy and delivery through a 30-year career encompassing consultancy, working for a contractor, for a client, (West of England Combined Authority), and back to consultancy with AECOM.  

Kathryn is very interested in how effective consideration of sustainability, smart technologies, process efficiency and supply chain collaboration can improve the infrastructure we deliver. She is focused on how the industry can unlock greater value for communities, the environment and our economy.

Key dates

  • Shortlist announcement - Tuesday 25 June 2024
  • Apprentice & Graduate presentations - Friday 19 July 2024
  • Site visits to shortlisted projects - Wednesday 11 September & Thursday 12 September 2024
  • Gala awards evening in Bristol - Thursday 24 October 2024

Explore our 2023 award winners

See who won an ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards last year.

Colonnade to Coastguards Sea Wall, Dawlish — BAM Nuttall

Showcase Award & Over £8m Re-engineered Award

Colonnade to Coastguards Sea Wall, Dawlish

As well as improving flood protection and climate resilience for the region’s main railway and the town of Dawlish, the second phase of the sea wall has also created a new public space for the benefit of the local community.

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Prior Park Landscape Garden, Dam & Pond Restoration Works, Bath — Binnies UK

People’s Choice Award & Under £8m Re-engineered Award

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Dam and Pond Restoration Works

This sensitive historical site in Bath, home to a rare Palladian Bridge and 18th century dams and ponds, has undergone a crucial and exciting restoration to preserve it for future generations while improving accessibility for visitors.

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Weymouth Station Gateway — Dorset Council

Community Award, Judges’ Special Award & Judges’ Special Award

Weymouth Station Gateway

The reimagined forecourt at Weymouth’s main train station has not only created new options for sustainable travel but also provided a more welcoming and user-friendly space for locals and tourists alike.

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Hinkley Marine Works – Placement of the HPC Heads in the Bristol Channel — Balfour Beatty

Collaboration Award

Hinkley Marine Works – The placement of the Hinkley Point C Heads in the Bristol Channel

As part of the ongoing construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, this milestone project saw six cooling water heads placed on the bottom of the Bristol Channel using some of the world’s biggest heavy lift vessels.

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Severn Estuary Resilience – Project Phase 1, Gloucestershire — Network Rail

Resilience Award

Severn Estuary Resilience – Project Phase 1

A challenging project located high up on cliffs alongside the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire, where teams on ropes worked around the clock for seven weeks to stabilise the cliff face, prevent future landslips, and safeguard a vital rail link.

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Durley Chine Environmental Hub, Bournemouth — WSP

Under £8m New Build Award

Durley Chine Environmental Hub

An exemplar of sustainable construction using locally repurposed materials, this beachside education and exhibition space is dedicated to reducing environmental waste, eliminating plastic, and building coastline guardianship among local residents, schools and visitors.

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Forder Valley Link Road, Plymouth — Plymouth City Council

Over £8m New Build Award

Forder Valley Link Road

The scheme includes one of the UK’s largest integral bridges over a steep valley with a 10% gradient to overcome, delivering a new strategic route for Plymouth to link communities, alleviate congestion and support economic growth.

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Watch the ICE South West: Civil Engineering awards 2023

Recognising individual achievement 

We're committed to recognising the achievements of early career engineers and nurturing the industry's rising stars and future leaders.

This award is sponsored by Tony Gee and Partners and acknowledges the commitment and achievements of talented apprentices working in infrastructure and the built environment.

The Apprentice of the Year 2023 winner:

Meg Ginsberg, apprentice project manager - Infrastructure Team, South West Water

Meg, who lives in Exeter, has a young family and is forging a promising career in civil engineering while adapting to life using a wheelchair following two major operations.

She impressed the judges with her passion and commitment to an industry she hadn’t originally planned to join. Meg has gone on to excel in her chosen apprenticeship and become an advocate for women and people with disabilities in engineering.

2023 winner
Meg Ginsberg
Meg Ginsberg

This award is sponsored by WSP and recognises the emerging talent within the graduate membership and their overall contribution to civil engineering and the work of ICE South West.

The Graduate of the Year 2023 winner:

Maddie Eaves, civil engineer, Jubb Consulting

The judges were impressed by Maddie's career achievements, her leadership potential and desire to give back to society. 

As well as volunteering as an ICE STEM Ambassador, Maddie is supporting future engineers by being a mentor for the ICE CityZen competition.

Phoebe Clayson-Lavelle, a water engineer at WSP, was also named as highly commended.  

2023 winner
Maddie Eaves
Maddie Eaves

Awards sponsors

We are grateful to our main partner Kier BAM and all our supporting sponsors for helping us to celebrate civil engineering achievement and excellence in the region.

Kier BAM

Kier BAM

Kier and BAM Nuttall, with their specialist geotechnical division BAM Ritchies, are in a fully integrated joint venture to deliver the OH2001 Earthworks, site preparation and infrastructure for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C (HPC).

Aecom

Aecom

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges.

Arup

Arup

Arup is a world class firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists.

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis

AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people.

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty

A leading international infrastructure group, driving the transformation of our industry to meet the challenges of the future.

Cormac

Cormac

Formed in 2012 as a highways, engineering and construction specialist, Cormac is an arm's length management organisation (almo), part of the Corserv group of companies that is wholly-owned by Cornwall Council.

Girling Jones

Girling Jones

Girling Jones are a specialist recruitment consultancy based in the South West for jobs in construction, construction consultancy and building maintenance.

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding our clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges.

Stantec

Stantec

Stantec designs with community in mind—whether that's in engineering, architecture, energy, water, or project management.

Tony Gee

Tony Gee

Consulting Engineers, Tony Gee is renowned for delivering complex, competitive permanent and temporary infrastructure design solutions.

WSP

WSP

Harnessing innovation and sharing insights across our diverse, international team to create a tomorrow’s world that's cleaner, greener and safer.