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The West Midlands Awards celebrate projects of all sizes and scopes from across the region, as well as individual civil engineering achievements.

Our 2024 awards

Entries to our awards have closed for 2024.

Payment can still be made for your entry until Friday 15 July via this link. Please note there is no fee for entering the People Award categories or for academic institutions entering the Studies and Research Award.

Winners will be announced at our Gala Awards dinner. Book your place now.

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Our 2023 awards winners

Our awards are split into two main categories, projects and people. See all our winners below.

Project awards

Ranging from a community award to sustainability and innovation to multi million pound projects, these awards celebrate improvements across our region.

Sutherland Road, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Sutherland Road, Staffordshire, Flood Alleviation Scheme submitted by Mott Macdonald Bentley and Severn Trent Water won the Communication Award.

The judges applauded this complex scheme on a road that effected many residents. Through good communication and stakeholder liaison, the team were able to minimise the inconvenience to those living and working in the area.

Their open and honest communication resulted in many compliments from the local community at the end of the scheme, who they clearly went above and beyond for.

M6 Junction 10 Improvements

The Education and Inspiration Award went to the M6 Junction 10 Improvements, which was submitted by John Sisk & Son, Capita Pell Frischmann Design JV, National Highways and Walsall Council

This project stood out through its ‘accessible learning for all’ concept, embracing new digital channels.

The judges were impressed with the reach of this project as the project team delivered an impressive £19 million of social & local economic value to the West Midlands Region and continue to build and inspire a positive lasting legacy in education.

Network Rail FLOW Bridge

The Innovation Award was won by Network Rail FLOW Bridge submitted by Knight Architects, Network Rail, Sui Generis, KS Composites, Foflo, Jacobs, J T Consulting, Q-Railing UK, Insensys Ltd and Balfour Beatty in Shropshire.

The judges were impressed the way project developed an aesthetically pleasing, high quality standardised footbridge, which also improves the user experience.

Highly commended was awarded to Freyssinet for their work on the ‘Longest Ever Box Slide, Marston’. This project pushed the boundaries of existing construction methodology with box jacking to solve the challenge of avoiding long motorway closures, as well as reducing embodied carbon by 30%.

Climate Resilient Sustainable Road Pavement Surfacings (CRISPS)

The Judges commended the research project ‘Climate Resilient Sustainable Road Pavement Surfacings (CRISPS)’ submitted by the University of Birmingham, University of Auckland and Ethiopian Roads Administration.

This project impressed the judges with its wider benefits in future road design, operation, and maintenance that this project has in supporting local communities in low-income countries.

Bromford Cycle Path

Bromford Cycle Path submitted by Jackson Civil Engineering and the Environment Agency won the Sustainability Award.

This small scheme to construct a cycle path along a flood embankment went above and beyond with sustainability.

The project worked collaboratively with supply chain partners to break down the constituent parts of the cycle path.

Highly commended was awarded to Birmingham Interim Works Programme. An alliance was formed across the supply chain to work together to investigate innovative construction techniques and materials to reduce carbon through all stages from design and construction to align with Birmingham City’s target to become net zero by 2030.

Coventry Station

Coventry Station, submitted by Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Coventry City Council and Network Rail won the Geotechnical Award.

This project was praised by the judges for its combination of temporary and permanent works, together with the combined efforts of multiple teams to produce the best outcome.

The Coventry Station Project included the construction of a new lift, lift pit, footbridge foundations and staircase.

Chetwynd Heritage Bridge Revival

Chetwynd team
Chetwynd team collecting their award.

Chetwynd Heritage Bridge Revival entered by Staffordshire County Council partnership with Amey, Currall Lewis and Martin Construction Limited won the Heritage Award.

The measures taken to restore the appearance and integrity of the bridge removed it from the Heritage ‘At risk’ register, preparing it for a third century of service.

The judges also highly commended Dudley Parkhead Viaduct submitted by Midland Metro Alliance. The judges applauded this project for repurposing the asset to carry trams, whilst also retaining its appearance and much of its historical fabric.

Longest ever box slide, Marston

Longest box slide team
Longest box slide project team collecting their award.

The ‘Longest ever box slide, Marston’ won the Small Project Award.

The 86 metre long, 12,600 tonne structure was slid into place across the M42 over one week during Christmas 2022. The longest ever box slide at 165 metres was not only innovative but helped raise the profile of the industry as it was well publicised.

Fillongley Bridge

Fillongley Bridge team
Fillongley Bridge team collecting their award.

The Medium Project Award went to Fillongley Bridge in Meriden.

This project was required to be upgraded for the additional traffic loading.

The temporary works adopted were highly innovative and enabled a reduced impact on the public, combined with excellent communications, minimal disruption and a positive outcome.

Chetwynd Heritage Bridge Revival was also highly commended in this category.

SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction

SAS Bridge 13 team
SAS Bridge 13 team collecting their award.

The project required extensive complex temporary works to be designed and delivered for the safe construction of the permanent works. A new bridge was installed with minimal disruption to the railway network with zero reportable accidents.

The judges felt that stakeholder management and extensive planning were at the heart of the successful project delivery.

Coventry Station was highly commended by the judges and Jackson Civil Engineering and the Environment Agency were commended for their project ‘Perry Barr and Witton Flood Alleviation Scheme’. The project was commended for increasing flood storage by over one million cubic metres. By reprofiling island habitats and the River Tame, the project was able to improve the ecosystem for bird life and ensure no impact to the fish spawning season.

Overall Project Award

The coveted Overall Project Award went to the SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction, Birmingham. The project was also took home the coveted Overall Project Award.

Skanska and Network Rail delivered a striking new addition to Birmingham’s skyline over the existing railway network, using precast elements, near site construction and effective construction methodology.

People awards

ICE West Midlands organises and supports awards that showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members in the region.

Bob Dunn Award

Midland Metro Alliance’s Rose Rees received the prestigious Bob Dunn Award. Rose was instrumental in designing a Trailblazer level two apprenticeship scheme designed specifically for the tramway construction industry, offering a much-needed entry-level training programme requiring no prior qualifications.

This inclusive apprenticeship scheme has enabled local unemployed people (several with lived experience of the criminal justice system) the opportunity to get a foot on the career ladder within civil engineering that otherwise would not have been possible.

Young Achiever of the Year Award

Elliott David Webb from Arup was named at the Young Achiever winner. Elliott helped to introduce voting rights for graduate members, and was instrumental in driving change for the benefit of current and future civil engineers.

Highly commended was awarded to Raisa Francine Benfica Cirilio from Atkins. Raisa supported many different volunteering events, visited schools, and helped with mentoring.

STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

The ICE has recognised STEM ambassadors from across the UK who have made an impact on the next generation by promoting the benefits of a career in civil engineering.

ICE STEM ambassadors are ICE members who engage and inspire young people towards a career in civil engineering through school visits, careers talks, and hands-on activities.

Suzannah said:

“I am delighted to have won this award especially as it means so much to me to help inspire young minds into engineering and for them to see the benefits.”

Technician Award

Sophie Corr from Arup was named as the Technician Award winner. Sophie brings enthusiasm and innovative design solutions to many different projects. Sophie has become a mentor to junior staff and younger apprentices.

Could you be our next awards sponsor?

With local representation and multiple options from single award through to headline sponsor for all 12 regions, we have a sponsorship package tailored to you. Get in touch with the team today.

Emerging Engineers Award

Showcasing our student and graduate members originality and communication skills in this regional, then international competition, with the winner receiving the Emerging Engineers Cup.