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 2018 ICE Awards will be held on Monday 8 October 2018. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to Chris Amoah at The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 April 2018. 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 2018 ICE Awards will be held on Monday 8 October 2018. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to Chris Amoah at The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 April 2018. 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 6 April 2018.

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 2018 ICE Awards will be held on Monday 8 October 2018. To apply, please fill in an application form and submit to The deadline for submissions is 6 April 2018.

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

2017 winner

Opti won last year's Chris Binnie Award for a system that uses rainfall and water level sensors to make the most beneficial use of storm water infrastructure, as announced at ICE’s annual awards ceremony in October 2017.

2017 ICE Award winners

Individual awards

Gold Medal

Paul Glass, Project Director at Kier Infrastructure and Overseas

Mr Glass has dedicated his 46 year career to intelligent engineering: developing practical, safe and simple solutions to complex problems, while developing upcoming generations of engineers.

A true collaborator, Paul’s broad experience has encompassed an array of projects in the UK, USA and Hong Kong. His analytical approach, willingness to challenge the status quo and embrace of developing technologies has resulted in some exceptional successes, promoting the re-emergence of value engineering in the UK and most recently, advocating developments in BIM. Paul supports sharing best practice to aid advancement; his published papers showcase his innovative methodologies, recording them for posterity.

International Medal

Rachel Fowler, Technical Director, Infrastructure, Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd

In the past five years Rachel has led the provision of engineering services for major bulk cargo ports, the coal seam gas industry and public transport infrastructure. As project leader for the $76m eight new Brisbane River passenger ferry terminals, Rachel has made an outstanding contribution to civil engineering and to Australia’s infrastructure. It also helped share the work of civil engineers with wider audiences.

Warren Medal

Matthew Colton, Director at Management Commercial Engineering Pty

Soon after emigrating to Australia in 2010 Matthew became actively involved in promoting the ICE, firstly as a committee member and then Chairman of ICE NSW. Whilst there were nearly 500 ICE members in NSW, the committee was formed by only six members who were mainly transient expatriates with inconsistent contributions.

A key objective for Matthew, as Chairman, was to reinvigorate, restructure and formalise processes leading to an increase in active membership of 50% and total membership base doubling over 5 years. Key items included centralising email and cloud storage, changing bank accounts, facilitating general web presence by purchasing an ICE NSW domain and instigating a LinkedIn page.

Over the next few years Matthew targeted and recruited appropriate committee members with drive, enthusiasm, a high level of commitment to the ICE and significant industry presence. The new committee structure and organisation, provided the consistency and a foundation for ICE NSW to achieve key objectives; grow membership, maximise value of membership, be customer focussed and attain a public voice

Garth Watson Medal

Patrick Chan, former ICE Regional Director Hong Kong

In March 2007, Patrick Chan was invited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to become its first Regional Director outside the UK, in our Hong Kong office. He took up the challenge because being an ICE member for thirty years he wanted to contribute back to the Institution.

Since then he has developed ICE Hong Kong, increased membership numbers, rationalised processes and critically ensured that HKIE and the HKSAR authorities have supported ICE on that journey. His understanding of the HK system, his unerring wisdom in how best to engage with the authorities and his willingness to utilise contacts built up over a lifetime of engineering for the benefit of ICE marks him out as utterly committed and hugely loyal to ICE.

Brunel Medal

The Brisbane Flood Recovery Ferry Terminals

The Brunel Medal recognises excellence in civil engineering. This winner exemplifies ingenuity driving recovery and resilience of infrastructure and a community in the wake of a one-in-100 year flood. The 2011 flood caused devastation to homes, businesses and the city’s public transport infrastructure with many Brisbane ferry terminals destroyed or severely damaged. A global competition for new, flood resilient ferry terminals was won by Aurecon and Cox Architecture with a concept described by the Brisbane City Council as ‘integrating technical innovation, flood resilience and elegant form to deliver terminals that will become iconic features of our river city’.