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West Midlands Awards

The West Midlands Awards celebrate projects of all sizes and scopes from across the region, as well as individual civil engineering achievements. Every year, the awards are presented to the best civil engineering projects, teams, ground-breaking research or individuals in the region.

2023 ICE West Midlands Awards

Our ICE West Midlands Awards 2023 was a huge success. The winners were announced during the ICE West Midlands Gala Dinner held Thursday, 21 September 2023, at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

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2023 award winners

View the 2023 West Midlands Awards winners below.

Sutherland Road, Staffordshire, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Communication Award

Sutherland Road, Staffordshire, 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

Education and Inspiration Award

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

Innovation Award

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

Studies and Research Award

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

Sustainability Award

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

Geotechnical Award

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.

Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Coventry City Council and Network Rail

Team Achievement Award

Coventry Station

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

The collaborative efforts met the needs of the passengers and local businesses while maintaining a safe working environment, whilst delivering a high-quality project on time.

M6 Junction 10 Improvements was highly commended by the judges.

Chetwynd Heritage Bridge Revival

Heritage Award

Chetwynd Heritage Bridge Revival

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

Small Project Award (up to £2 million)

Longest ever box slide, Marston

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

Medium Project Award (£2-10 million)

Fillongley Bridge

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

Large Project Award (over £10 million)

SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction

The winner in the Large Project Award was the SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction, Birmingham. The project was also took home the coveted Overall Project Award.

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SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction

Overall Project Award

SAS Bridge 13 Reconstruction

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.

Rose Rees took home the Bob Dunn Award

People Awards

Young Achiever of the Year, Technician Award and the Bob Dunn Award

This year, the People Awards celebrated individual civil engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the West Midlands, across three categories: Young Achiever of the Year, Technician Award and the Bob Dunn Award.

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