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ICE Wales Cymru


ICE Wales Cymru works to promote and celebrate the outstanding work of members. It organises awards to recognise exceptional projects, teamwork and individual excellence.

Recognising individual achievement

ICE Wales Cymru runs awards and competitions which celebrate achievements and develop the skills of graduate engineers in the region. Find out more about them in the sections below and how you can get involved.

Find out more about the awards and how you can enter.

Graduate engineer nets Pitch 200 title with fishy video

Verena Fernandes representing South East England netted the most votes to win this year’s ICE Pitch 200 after explaining the consequences of dams on salmon migration and possible solutions in just 200 seconds!

More than 3,400 people voted as part of the unique competition that challenges ICE members to use their creativity and communication skills to explain a civil engineering concept or project in an accessible and entertaining self-filmed video.

Vivek Jhaveri representing the Middle East region came second with a pitch video on the use of 3D printed concrete in construction, while third place went to Scotland’s Lauryn Steel for a video on bridge types.

For more information about Pitch 200, please email [email protected].

The Ben Barr Award is open to civil engineers who passed their Professional Review in the year before the award is presented, and were living or working in Wales at the time.

The award is presented to an engineer who has demonstrated exceptional qualities during their review. This might be in their use of engineering principles, knowledge of construction, and in the design and construction of temporary or permanent works.

There are normally three categories - CEng MICE, IEng MICE and EngTech MICE. Candidates are nominated by their two reviewers and a winner is chosen from the shortlist.

The Ben Barr Award is named after a former chairman of ICE Wales Cymru and is sponsored by Symmons Madge Associates.

2021 winner

This year there is one Award in the newly qualified engineer category. The winner was announced at the ICE Wales Cymru Awards Virtual Presentation on 1 December 2021.

Robert Varley
Robert Varley, winner of the 2021 Ben Barr Prize

Winner - Robert Varley

Highly commended - Neil Williams

ICE Wales Cymru STEM Ambassador of the Year 2022

Open for entries from Monday 28 February 2022

Entries are being sought for the ICE Wales Cymru STEM Ambassador of the Year 2022. The award honours an ICE member who has shown outstanding commitment to the industry by giving their time to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Competition criteria

This year, due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, members can apply to become the ICE Wales Cymru STEM Ambassador of the Year if they have been involved in any STEM activity in the past 12 months, including a digital event.

In 2021, the ICE Wales Cymru accolade was awarded to Luke Cook MEng (Hons) MICE, Graduate Engineer at Atkins.

It was quite a year for Luke, an active member of ICE graduate and student committee in Swansea, who also rose to Chair in 2021. Luke has been a registered STEM Ambassador since 2017, organising the ICE Engineering Team Challenge in Swansea in 2018 and again this year (2022).

He has also been active encouraging his peers at Swansea University where he has led a series of presentations about life as a graduate engineer. Through his role at ICE he has organised events, involving local companies (consultants, contractors and educators) in talks to university and college students. At work, he is part of the ICE Leadership group with his employer, Atkins, supporting graduates and apprentices on existing schemes and promoting others.

He said: It was a huge honour to be awarded ICE Wales Cymru STEM ambassador of the year for 2021 and to be recognised by ICE Wales Cymru for my work in STEM. It means a lot as it has assisted with my professional development.

“One of the key benefits it has brought is recognition of my work throughout the industry it also raises awareness of the importance of STEM in these challenging times.

Luke has encouraging words for this year’s potential entrants too:

“Winning ICE Wales Cymru STEM Ambassador of the Year is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your work and achieve recognition for hard work that STEM volunteers put in outside of their working hours. It is a great accolade to achieve”.

How to enter

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 25 April 2022.

For full eligibility criteria and an application form, download the documents here.

Regional winners from across the UK will go through to the national final of the ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award in early June 2022.

Sponsor: Bouyges

Caption for photo:

Luke Cook at work with budding engineers on a school project

Most recent winner

Luke Cook
Luke Cook

The winner of the Paterson Prize Award 2021 was Robert Varley

The prize is named after Colonel James Andrew Paterson who gave a donation to ICE for the best essay by a Welsh candidate at Professional Review.

2021 winner

The winner of the Paterson Prize Award 2021 was Robert Varley.

Robert Varley

You are invited to apply for the prestigious Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year Award 2022. This award is open to all ICE civil engineering apprentices across Wales and entries will be received from Tuesday 8 February.

The winner will be presented with their prize at the ICE Wales Cymru 2022 Awards Dinner sponsored by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd at the Principality Stadium date tba.

The winner will receive a:

  • Monetary prize
  • Prestigious trophy
  • Certificate of their achievement and
  • Recognition of their achievement in the ICE Wales Cymru 2022 Awards ceremony (sponsored by Alun Griffiths [Contractors] Ltd)

Applicants should apply to [email protected] by 09:00 Monday 11 April 2022 marking their application ‘Application: ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year 2022’.

Liam Stuckey of Arcadis was last years winner and received the prestigious ICE Wales Apprentice of the Year 2021 trophy,

He said "“Winning this prestigious award was a massive honour and made me extremely proud to be recognized for the hard work I have put into my apprenticeship so far. It has not just boosted my profile in work but has given me far greater opportunities to be involved on some interesting rail projects.

"I’d encourage all apprentices to enter this competition as it is an impressive accolade to add to your CV and acknowledges your efforts in the workplace.”


ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by SWIEET, is awarded for excellence in both professional and academic study undertaken by apprentices of the Wales Apprenticeship Alliance, a collaboration between ICE Wales Cymru, Welsh Government – Transport and Apprenticeship Divisions, Arcadis and SWIEET.

Proud sponsor of ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year 2022

ICE Wales Cymru Photo Competition 2022

ICE Wales Cymru is delighted to announce that the popular annual Photography Competition is now open for entries!

The 2022 competition will have a lot to live up to following an extremely successful competition last year when we had double the number of entries all of a very high standard. However, we feel sure our members in Wales are up to this and to give you every opportunity to take that winning snap we are launching before the Easter weekend!

This year’s photo competition is a continuation of last year’s theme:

“Capture or celebrate Welsh Civil Engineering on construction sites or in the built environment of Wales”.

The judging panel will include a professional photographer and selected members of the ICE Wales Committee and an on-line exhibition of the best photographs will be held, commencing October 2022. The prize money has been increased for the Heritage Award and a new category - Sustainability - introduced with the same prize pot!


1st £100

2nd £50

3rd £25

Heritage £50

New this year! - Sustainability £50

Prizes and certificates will be awarded to winning photographers.

What are you waiting for! Get those cameras and mobile phones at the ready. This year the winning photograph could be yours!

Click here for full details and entry form

Photo caption : Winners 2021. Main Image and Winner – Claerwen Dam Jack James Top right image and 2nd place – Menai Bridge by Victor Turner, Middle right image and 3rd place – Old Colwyn by Topac Oguzhan , Bottom right image and Winner of Heritage Award – Craig Goch dam by Lydia Morris

The Photographic Competition Winners 2021 are:

Claerwen Dam by Jack James
Winner - Claerwen Dam by Jack James
Menai Bridge by Victor Turner
2nd place - Menai Bridge by Victor Turner
Old Colwyn by Topac Oguzhan
3rd place - Old Colwyn by Topac Oguzhan
Craig Goch Dam by Lydia Morris
Heritage Award winner - Craig Goch Dam by Lydia Morris

We could not let the other entries go un-noticed, such was the high standard.

You can also view these in our downloadable pdf:

Download the gallery pdf

Details of next year’s competition will be announced during the start of 2022 and we hope you will all get involved.!

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