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West Midlands Awards

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

ICE West Midlands Regional Awards 2022

The annual ICE West Midlands Awards is the premier showcase for engineering excellence in the region.

With over 5,000 civil engineers represented by ICE across the West Midlands, the projects celebrated are those that have been completed during the previous year.

Winners will be announced during the ICE West Midlands Gala Dinner on Thursday 5 May 2022, at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham (subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines).

Although entries are now closed for the ICE West Midlands Awards 2022 you can still book your place at the celebratory Gala Dinner.

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The awards will be presented to the attending organisation or other partners (commissioning authority, designer, contractor, or research establishment as appropriate) or individuals.

With over 5,000 civil engineers represented by ICE across the West Midlands, the projects celebrated are those that have been completed during the previous year.

Categories this year are:

  • Communication Award
  • Geotechnical Award
  • Education and Inspiration Award
  • Heritage Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Studies and Research Award
  • Sustainability Award
  • Team Achievement Award
  • Small Project Award (up to £2 million)
  • Medium Project Award (£2-10 million)
  • Large Project Award (over £10 million)
  • People Awards:
    • Bob Dunn Award
    • Young Achiever Award
    • Technician Award
    • STEM Ambassador of the Year Award

For any queries about these awards please contact the regional office on 0121 227 5949 or email [email protected]

ICE West Midlands Awards winners 2021

The awards provide an opportunity for civil engineers in the region to celebrate all aspects of their achievements, whether related to projects or people.

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Winners were announced during the ICE West Midlands Awards Ceremony online on Thursday 6 May 2021

Sponsorship

For award enquiries and sponsorship opportunities please contact Jo Barnett, ICE West Midlands Regional Director at:

T: +44(0)7827 351247

E: [email protected]

Overall winner

Stafford Western Access Route

Client: Staffordshire County Council

Partner: Amey

The Stafford Western Access Route is part of wider plans to support jobs and new homes in Stafford and across the whole county. The multi-million-pound Stafford Western Access Route project which will boost growth and ease congestion. It will enable new housing and business developments to take place and improve traffic flow in Stafford town centre. The scheme will improve conditions for bus services, pedestrians, and cyclists. The scheme will support the construction of up to 2,350 houses and the creation of 100 jobs.

The judges praised the planning, delivery, communication and engagement with local communities. This project will have a positive economic impact on the region in coming decades, providing new houses and creating new jobs for the community.

Communication Award winner

Client: Staffordshire County Council
Consultant: Amey

The Stafford Western Access Route is part of wider plans to support jobs and new homes in Stafford and across the whole county. The integrated team at Stafford Western Access Route have used traditional and modern methods to engage and inform key stakeholders, residents, businesses and interested parties on this compact but challenging flagship scheme. The scheme location and complexity demanded that extensive, ongoing engagement and communications was vital, maximum effort was sought for the scheme to be successful.

The judges were impressed with the huge amount of effort invested by the integrated team from inception through to delivery and beyond in providing timely, appropriate, and informative communications and updates. A highly accessible Information Centre was a key part of the strategy in providing convenient access to information, communications and updates about the scheme. It also provided a place to raise concerns or queries enabling dual interaction throughout.

Stafford Western Access Route

Innovation Award winner

Bewdley Bank Service Reservoi

Organisations: Mott MacDonald Bentley, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and FLI Carlow

The scheme has provided a critical new clean water storage asset to DCWW and provides significant additional resilience and security of supply to the Hereford water network.

This award was sponsored by Cordek, specialising in technical solutions for the construction industry.

Judges Award winner

Organisations: Environment Agency, AECOM, Arcadis, Galliford Try Black and Veatch Joint Venture, Turner & Townsend and Binnies

The Judges’ Award was given to Burton-upon-Trent’s Flood Risk Management Scheme (Phase 2), which was designed to mitigate the potential for flooding in key areas of the town.

The scheme, submitted by , has increased the level of flood protection to over 5,500 residential and commercial properties, and now provides Burton-on-Trent with a consistent level of protection with the defences designed to last 100 years.

In choosing this project, the judges recognised that this project showcases what civil engineering is all about – creating a legacy – and this legacy will make visible change to people’s lives.

Burton-upon-Trent’s Flood Risk Management Scheme

Sustainability Award winner

Mancetter Marina

Organisations: The Rothen Group and Dura Composites

The Mancetter Marina is set in the heart of the Warwickshire ring on the Coventry Canal, with over 40 miles of lock free waters to explore all year round. This Rothen Group’s (TRG) self-funded project combined unique design and execution to successfully transform the previously disused and private site into a public marina, all while preserving local ecosystems and wildlife.

The project team behind Mancetter Marina impressed the judges by utilising innovative techniques and green solutions to complement the natural environment. Other environmental benefits to society included green roofing covering storage containers and a nature trail planted along the front of the marina, with 9,936 trees planted so far and over four hectares of wildflower seed and nectar rich flowers sown. The judges also applauded the ecologist’s involvement on preserving the local wildlife habitats.

Team Achievement Award winner

Organisations: Arcadis, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Highways Ltd, Kier Highways, Tarmac, HTM and WJ South

Working closely with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Highways implemented a two-year programme, which involved managing and improving assets around the city. The programme included a network of 1,500 miles of roads, 3,000 miles of footway, 93,000 streetlights, 76,000 trees, two major tunnels and more than 850 highway structures and bridges.

The judges said that the teamwork on this scheme focused not only on the delivery but also on high standards of safety, sustainability and customer service, while working to improve Birmingham’s infrastructure. This scheme was submitted by Arcadis, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Highways Ltd, Kier Highways, Tarmac, HTM and WJ South.

Birmingham Highways

Small Project Award winner

Mancetter Marina

Organisations: The Rothen Group and Dura Composites

The project team impressed the judging panel with using a mixture of hard and soft engineering methods to protect the banks of marina from erosion while maintaining the natural aesthetics and protection of biodiversity. The hard piling was constructed under the water from interlocking steel sheets with soft bank protection integration comprising pre-planted coir rolls on top.

Built at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the project supported local businesses experiencing hard economic times across the West Midlands. The judges also highlighted the project team’s engagement with local communities by educating the public and supporting schools with marina and forest learning activities, such as bulb planting.

Medium Project Award winner

Organisations: Severn Trent and MWH Treatment

Kineton Sewage Treatment Works was applauded by the judges for delivering a new, compact plant solution that will significantly improve the environmental river water quality ahead of the Asset Management Plan 2020-2025 (AMP7) obligation.

The judges also recognised the project teams innovative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which provided visual enhancement to the virtual site induction and enabled the sharing BIM images with local communities, increasing engagement and enhancing the customer experience. This scheme was also highly commended in the Innovation Award category.

Kineton Sewage Treatment Works

Large Project winner

Stafford Western Access Route

Client: Staffordshire County Council

Partner: Amey

The Stafford Western Access Route is a new road which is part of a strategic plan to support jobs and new homes in Stafford and across the county. The multi-million-pound project will boost growth and ease congestion. It will also enable new housing and business developments to take place and improve traffic flow in Stafford town centre.

The judges recognised that a regular flow of information was essential to keep all stakeholders — residents, businesses and interested parties — fully informed at every stage of the project. The judges were particularly impressed with the delivery of what was a complex project and agreed that Stafford Western Access Route will have a positive impact across the region for years to come.

This award was sponsored by Waterman Aspen, which provides staff secondment solutions in infrastructure.