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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.

The 2022 ICE Awards will be held in October. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 March 2022. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Gold Medal - Engineering excellence

The Gold Medal is an award for civil engineering excellence and aligns with ICE’s commitment to enhance the technical knowledge, insight and ethical understanding of engineers wherever they work across the world.

This year the award will seek to recognise an individual whose sustained ethical, knowledgeable and insightful contribution to civil engineering is of sufficient magnitude and stature to merit an Institution premier award.

The awards committee will be particularly keen to recognise an individual who has demonstrably worked to share lessons learned for the good and advancement of the profession.

International Medal - Outstanding contribution to decarbonising civil engineering

This award aligns with ICE’s decarbonisation commitment and is awarded to a civil engineer who’s made an outstanding contribution to civil engineering who had prime responsibility for an outstanding contribution to civil engineering outside the UK.

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise a civil engineer who has had prime responsibility for an outstanding project or initiative that has contributed to decarbonising civil engineering outside the UK.

Bev Waugh Award - Productivity & Culture

Newly introduced in 2021, the Bev Waugh Award aligns with ICE’s commitment to transform the productivity of our industry by acknowledging a leader/individual who has had a positive impact on joint team working.

The award will specifically seek to recognise a leader or individual who quietly broadens the perspective of the team, leads with kindness, values the views of others and constructively questions the status quo to create a people-centred, ‘best for project’ culture.

Garth Watson Medal – Institutional award for valued service

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

President's Medal

The President's medal is awarded annually to a person, whether or not a member, who has performed any service to the Institution, to civil engineers or to the profession of civil engineering, that has not otherwise been recognised.

The President decides who receives the medal and regard is shown to service that reflects the priorities and objectives that the President has identified for his/her year in office.

The 2022 ICE Awards will be held in October. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 March 2022. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Edmund Hambly Medal – Creative design for sustainable development

The Edmund Hambly Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to address how we build resilience and mitigate the significant effects of the climate change.

It is an award for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development. The award emphasises the important contribution that civil engineering makes to the wellbeing of mankind and the environment.

This year the award will seek to recognise the creative design of an engineering project that contributed to mitigating and adapting to the significant effects of the climate change.

Brunel Medal – Recognition of low-carbon solutions in the built environment

The Brunel Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to place decarbonisation of our industry at the heart of our agenda and 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

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise excellence in the decarbonisation of civil engineering and the infrastructure sector. Teams, persons or organisations delivering a low carbon solution within the built environment should enter.

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

To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 March 2022. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

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 2022 ICE Awards will be held in October. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 March 2022.

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 31 March 2022. We recognise that it may sometimes be difficult to demonstrate completion of a project (for instance, if it is a policy or publication), but it is essential that the submission demonstrates the project’s benefit. 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 [email protected].

President’s Medal

The President’s Medal was awarded to ICE trustee and Vice President of ICE Richard Threlfall.

While not a civil engineer, Threlfall’s commitment to ICE over the last decade, advising the institution’s director general and multiple presidents, was recognised by the award. He has also contributed to ICE’s highest-profile publications and initiatives, such as Project 13 and State of the Nation, and worked closely with ICE in South East Asia, and helped to link the World Economic Forum to ICE.

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal winner was John Carpenter. John specialises in design risk management and has been published widely, with awards from ICE and IStructE for his work sharing knowledge and safety risks on buildings and structures.

Among his many committee roles, Carpenter was secretary to the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) and the Temporary Works Forum (TWF).

Brunel Medal

The Brunel award, which recognises excellence in the decarbonisation of infrastructure, was awarded to HKSAR and the Cross Bay Link (CBL) in Hong Kong. The 1.8km strategic road has a dual two-lane carriageway, a cycle track and a footway that will connect to the major new town of Tseung Kwan O.

The project reduced the carbon footprint in the delivery by 20,000 tonnes of CO2, about 40% compared to conventional steel construction, by using S690QL high-strength steel, extensive prefabrication and innovative erection technologies.

International Medal

As Permanent Secretary for Development Works, HKSAR, Sai Hung Lam was the winner of this year’s International Medal for his outstanding and long-lasting contribution to reducing carbon from construction in Hong Kong, and ongoing work to nurture young engineers.

With an extensive career at the government for Hong Kong, Lam has been an industry leader for green construction, promoting low-carbon construction and infrastructure, emission reduction and the use of

Edmund Hambly Medal

For its innovative design and efforts to address climate action, the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns was selected as this year’s Edmund Hambly Medal winner.

The relocation of Sha Tin Sewage treatment works to Caverns was a pioneering project in Hong Kong to initiate the local cavern development for more sustainable land use. While aiming to mitigate the long-lasting shortage of residential land, the project will upgrade the ageing treatment facility to be more energy-efficient and reduce the associated carbon footprint.

Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management

The Anderson Road Grey Water Treatment Plant in Hong Kong was awarded the Chris Binnie prize for sustainable water management, for its benefits, value for money and sustainability.

The project supplies on-site treated grey water for toilet flushing for the population of 30,000 at the former Anderson Road Quarry site, solving the problem – caused by its high altitude and distance from the seashore - of using seawater for toilet flushing.

Meanwhile, the project ‘Unlocking the Severn’ from the Canal & River Trust received the ‘highly commended’ title, for having one of the earliest deep slot fish passes, to help migrating fish.

The Canal & River Trust, along with the Severn Rivers Trust, launched a project to put four deep slot fish passes on the Severn and its tributaries, including raising £17m funding. Now complete, fish can be seen swimming past the underwater viewing gallery.

Bev Waugh Award for Productivity

The new Bev Waugh Award for productivity was introduced to recognise a leader/individual who quietly broadened the perspective of the team, leads with kindness, values the views of others, and constructively questions the status quo to create a people-centred, ‘best for project’ culture.

Shaahid Ismail, project manager on HS2 and Connect Plus Service, was hailed as embodying the spirit of this award.

Ismail was selected to lead a challenging project in Kent on behalf of Connect Plus and Highways England. This involved procuring design and works contracts and delivering £5m of critical pavement renewals. He quickly formed and propelled a team of people with competing priorities to work towards completing the works safely, successfully, to programme, and under budget.

Ismail demonstrated that he understood people and behaviours and has proven that collaboration and open dialogue was possible and pays dividends.

Garth Watson Medal

The winner of this year’s Garth Watson Medal was Penny Marshall, for her service to ICE.

Marshall retired this year, having been a lifetime member of ICE and an ICE regional director in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber for the past decade.

She dedicated herself to raising the profile of civil engineering and improving access to the industry for females and left a legacy of established programmes raising the profile of civil engineering within universities and schools in her regions.

Bruce Walsh, the institution’s group financial controller, was highly commended in this category for his tireless work in navigating the ICE financially through the difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

Warren Medal

Emma Dickson, current chair of ICE Scotland, was recognised for her valuable and ongoing service to the Scotland region with the Warren Medal

Dickson was the first female chair of the Glasgow branch in 2017 and helped establish the branch’s first diversity and inclusivity sub-committee. She also serves as the Scotland representative on the ICE national Fairness, Inclusion and Respect committee.

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