Hong Kong has swept the project categories at the ICE Awards in the 200th anniversary year of the Institution, with water and rail projects from the region earning top accolades.
The Edmund Hambly Medal, an award for engineering projects that make a substantial contribution to sustainable development, was given to the city’s Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS), while the Brunel Medal for civil engineering excellence was awarded to Hong Kong’s integrated Admiralty Station project.
Professor Lord Robert Mair, ICE President, who presented the awards, said: “Both the Hong Kong Harbour Area Treatment Scheme and the Admiralty Station expansion project deserve recognition for their complexity and technical innovation, overcoming a number of design and logistical challenges.
"However, these projects are also significant for their achievements in improving quality of life for the people of Hong Kong and should be considered some of the finest examples of civil engineering in the world on that basis.”
The largest environmental infrastructure project in Hong Kong’s history, the HATS improved the water quality of Victoria Harbour. The project was also on the shortlist for this year's ICE People's Choice Award.
The project has resulted in the re-opening of public beaches and the revival of Hong Kong’s annual cross-harbour swimming race, which had been halted for 40 years due to poor water quality.
Admiralty Station was Hong Kong’s first to involve four railway lines and was expanded while maintaining uninterrupted services for existing passengers.
Gold Medal award
Meanwhile, the top award for individual contribution – the Gold Medal – was given to Bob Lang, a former director at Arup. Mr Lang was recognised for his work on major projects and as an ambassador for the profession over a 39-year-career.
Rachel Skinner, ICE Vice-President, Public Voice, who chaired the awards committee, said: “As well as masterminding a remarkable array of major engineering projects over the course of his career, Mr Lang has displayed considerable talent and passion for explaining civil engineering to wider audiences.
"He's been a tireless and enthusiastic ambassador for the profession, helping to inspire the next generation of civil engineers."
The other award categories and winners are listed below.
Winner: Dr Xu Gongyi, deputy chief engineer, China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance and Design Institute
Dr Xu has resolved numerous engineering challenges by offering innovative and pioneering solutions in the design of bridges during his 34-year career.
An outstanding scholar in the field, Dr Xu serves as adjunct professors in five universities and has written more than 80 papers, reports, book chapters and books.
Three of his books are widely used in China. He's also the developer of an award-winning bridge design software that's used nationwide.
He's appeared on national TV programmes to introduce bridge design and construction to inspire the younger generation.
Garth Watson Medal
Winner: Ellen Ryan, manager of Education Learning and Assessment, ICE
The award recognises dedicated and valuable service to the Institution by a member or a member of staff. A loyal and committed member of ICE staff for over 38 years, Ellen Ryan received the award for her long service and extensive work behind the scenes.
Winner: Chris Burton, partner and business development director, Tony Gee and Partners
The medal is awarded to a member of the Institution in recognition of valuable service rendered to his or her local association.
As a volunteer, Chris Burton has provided continuous, dedicated and valuable service to the Institution for more than 22 years, serving in numerous ICE panel roles.
As a member of the Professional Reviews Panel for 10 years and Chair 2011-16, he led the highly successful transformation of professional reviews into the digital age and the establishment of the ICEHUB.
He was also a core member of the Route Streamlining Steering group, re-vitalising the ICE professional review processes.
Winner: Andrew Wolstenholme, managing director, Land and Water UK, BAE Systems
The President’s Medal is awarded to an individual who's performed any service to the Institution, to civil engineers or to the profession of civil engineering, that hasn't otherwise been recognised.
Particular regard is shown to service that reflects the priorities and objectives that the president has identified for his or her year in office.
Andrew Wolstenholme spent seven years as CEO at Crossrail. Under his leadership, Crossrail has been notable for its extensive innovation.
Now known as the Elizabeth Line, the project will make travelling in the capital easier and quicker and will reduce crowding on London's transport network.
Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management
Waterwise received the Chris Binnie Award for its Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK, launched in June 2017.
The UK government published A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment in January 2018, which specifically referred to the work done by Waterwise.
Many water companies’ plans now reference the Waterwise strategy to support their larger scale water efficiency programmes.
The strategy has also unlocked innovation and research funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) evidence team and water companies, including an independent review of product and appliance labelling in the UK.
John Mitchell Medal
Winner: Clif Kettle
The John Mitchell Award is presented annually by the ICE, based on a nomination from the British Geotechnical Association, for significant contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering.
The award was instituted in 2008 in memory of the prominent geotechnical engineer John Mitchell of Arup, who was killed while observing piling works at a central London site in 1990.
Clif Kettle has played a key role in developing grout injection technologies and processes over the last three decades.
He's made significant contributions to the fields of grouting and ground treatment and is internationally recognised as a leader in both.
Renee Redfern Hunt Prize
Liam Barnett (spring 2018)
Edward Barnard (autumn 2018)
Renee Redfern Hunt MBE was a devoted Examinations Officer at ICE from 1945 – when professional interviews were introduced – until her death in 1981.
The prize was created in her memory and is awarded for the best written exercise produced during the Chartered or Member Professional Review session.
Additional prizes and awards were issued by ICE Publishing for the best work published in its journals. More information can be found here.