Awards that promote civil engineering excellence

Our Annual Awards recognise both outstanding civil engineering achievements and contribution to the profession and ICE. Read on to find out more about the awards - you may know of a person or project deserving of recognition among the wider civil engineering community.

Individual awards

The 2017 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 6 October 2017. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to Chris Amoah at The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 April 2017. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is an award for civil engineering excellence.

It goes to an individual who’s made a big contribution to civil engineering over many years.

This may have been their involvement in a major, world-recognised civil engineering or construction project, or a contribution in one or more fields, such as design, research, development or investigation, construction, management (including project management), and education and training.

International Medal

This is awarded annually to a civil engineer who’s made an outstanding contribution to civil engineering:

  • Outside the UK


  • Inside the United Kingdom, and who lives outside the United Kingdom and is not a citizen of the UK

Garth Watson Medal

This medal is awarded by an ICE member or employee to someone who has given long, dedicated and valuable service to ICE

Warren Medal

Awarded to an ICE member to recognise their valuable service rendered to his or her region or branch.

Project-based Awards

The 2017 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 6 October 2017. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to Chris Amoah at The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 April 2017. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Edmund Hambly Medal

The Edmund Hambly Medal rewards creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development.

It emphasises the important contribution that civil engineers and the profession itself make to the wellbeing of mankind and the environment. For this award, ‘sustainable development’ means projects which meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. These projects should take into account factors such as full life-cycle effects, including decommissioning, and show an understanding the effect infrastructure’s has on the environment.

Brunel Medal

The Brunel Medal is awarded to recognise excellence in civil engineering. All teams, persons or organisations operating within the built environment will be eligible

It’s open to:

  • ICE members of all grades
  • Local authorities
  • Contractors
  • Firms of consulting engineers
  • Educationalists
  • Any person or organisation connected with the civil engineering profession - particular consideration is given to teams which include chartered/incorporated engineers and engineering technicians

To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to Chris Amoah at The deadline for submissions is 14 April 2017.

How to nominate

All nominations have to be endorsed by an ICE member. You can’t nominate yourself.

Reasons for nominating

Nominations should make the best case possible for the nominee(s). They should provide enough detail to give the Awards Committee a full picture of the nominee(s) and their achievements. The committee will decide the winner based on the quality of the citation, so make sure that only relevant information is provided, and that the amount of detail included does not obscure the argument.

Length of the citation

Citations should be no more than 500 words. Additional relevant information should be in the form of appendices and should not be more than four pages.

Biographical and background details (where appropriate)

Brief details of work history and qualifications, and any other relevant biographical details, may help the Awards Committee to get a rounded picture of the nominee(s). In the case of teams of nominees, details of the extent and length of their collaboration may be useful.

Conditions of eligibility

If there are conditions on who can win the award – for example, if it’s only open to a particular grade of member(s) – the citation must say if and how this has been fulfilled.

Relevant achievements (where appropriate)

If the award is for record of service or achievements, give specific details of how the nominee was involved in particular projects or pieces of work. You should also relate this to the main citation, with enough examples to give a full and accurate picture of what the nominee has done to deserve the award. Pay particular attention to items which are most important or which have greatest bearing on the terms of the award.

Particular projects: partial involvement of the nominee(s)

Where a nominee or team of nominees have not been wholly responsible for the project the citation is based on, you should make their responsibility and involvement as clear as possible.

Project outcomes

If nominations have been supported by predicted outcomes to completed projects, the citation should show the extent to which the outcomes have been met.

Illustrative material

Plans, photographs, maps, publicity material etc. are especially useful if you’ve nominated a project.

The Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management

The 2017 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 6 October 2017. To apply, please fill in an application form and submit to The deadline for submissions is 14 April 2017.

This award recognises work which has benefited society by improving the sustainability of water.

The work might relate to an engineering project, a programme of works, a policy or a piece of research.

It’s open to individuals or organisations, including water companies, consultants, contractors, research bodies, regulators, governments and community groups.

Projects and initiatives from around the world can be entered, although they must be completed by April 2017. You don’t have to be an ICE member to enter.

You can enter as an individual or as part of a project, by completing an application. You can also nominate for the award, providing you have approval from the individual or a representative of the project or initiative. They should also be aware that the information might be used in articles and case studies on our website.

For further information on this award, please email

2016 winner

Thames Water won last year's Chris Binnie Award for the Clearwater Court Bathroom Trial, as announced at ICE’s annual awards ceremony in October 2016.

A look back at last year's ICE Award winners

Individual awards

Gold Medal

Perhaps the most prestigious medal awarded by the Institution is the Gold Medal which is awarded for civil engineering excellence to an individual whose sustained contribution to civil engineering over many years is of particular magnitude and stature. Last year's award went to Chris Hendy who is Technical Director and Head of Bridge Engineering at Atkins. Chris has spent over 20 years in the industry during which time he has made a significant contribution to civil engineering.

Chris, a Fellow of the Institution, has worked on projects including the New Medway Bridge in Kent, and internationally recognised projects, including the 14.5 kilometre Penang Bridge in Malaysia and the Dubai Metro viaduct – part of the world's longest fully automated metro. Throughout his career, Chris has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, as well as writing three books on bridge design.

Penang Bridge, Malaysia
Penang Bridge, Malaysia
Dubai Metro
Dubai Metro

International Medal

Amongst the other prizes awarded was the International Medal which went to Jose Cordovilla, Partner at Solvere who the Awards Committee felt had shown a remarkable level of dedication to the industry over the course of his career. He became an ICE member in 2002 and founded his own consulting firm in 2010. He served as Country Representative for ICE Spain from 2003 to 2013.

Warren Medal

The Warren Medal, awarded to a member for their service to their region went to Richard Fish, Director, Richard Fish Consultancy. He became an ICE member in 1980 and a Fellow in 2000. Richard served on the ICE Council from 2009 to 2015, with two terms as South West representative. In addition to his role at national level, he is a regular contributor to ICE South West, having chaired judging panels, assisting with regional seminars, State of the Nation reports and events for potential Fellows.

Garth Watson Medal

Janice Parkinson was awarded for her significant contribution to promoting the Institution and the civil engineering profession prizes.

John Mitchell Medal

The John Mitchell Medal was instituted by the John Mitchell Memorial Trust to commemorate the distinguished geotechnical engineer, John Mitchell. Last year's Medal was won by Andrew Ridley whose sustained energy and appetite for developing and applying technology to help improve our understanding of Ground Engineering structures marks him out as a worthy recipient of the John Mitchell Award.

President's Medal

The President's Medal was last year won by William Hughes who is an associate director for Arcadis in Cardiff. Sir John was hugely impressed at the work Bill has done championing the Professional Apprenticeship Academy in Wales.

Telford Gold Medal

The Telford Gold Medal is the Institution's highest award for a published paper. The winning paper, 'The material point method for unsaturated soils' presents a formulation of the material point method (MPM) for unsaturated soils, coupling both the water and fluid flow with the mechanical response of the soil skeleton. In this respect, the addition of the air-phase in the formulation is novel. The committee concluded the winning paper was a well-presented formulation and application to a practical problem.

Project – based awards

Edmund Hambly Medal

Barangaroo Reserve, Sydeny
Barangaroo Reserve, Sydeny

The Edmund Hambly Medal, which recognises an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development, last year went to The Barangaroo Reserve. The Reserve is a waterfront development in Sydney, Australia. The completed project is a public recreational space, which sets a global benchmark for urban renewal and sustainable development within a major city.

Brunel Medal

No award given.