East Midlands Merit Awards' 2018 winners

ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair presented this year's East Midlands Civil Engineering Merit Awards at a  black tie dinner in Derby with over 200 guests.

East Midlands Merit Awards: everyone should feel proud of their hard work and dedication
East Midlands Merit Awards: everyone should feel proud of their hard work and dedication
Twenty projects from across the East Midlands were judged by a panel of experienced civil engineers and members of ICE’s East Midlands Graduates & Students Committee, chaired by ICE East Midlands Senior Vice Chair, Matt Huddleston.

The awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering across the region and beyond. They are ICE's main opportunity to draw attention to the hidden benefits of civil engineering to society and showcase the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions engineers make to the wealth our region.

Each project entered for up to 3 of the following categories: medium projects from £750k to £10m, small projects less the £750K, team achievement, studies & research and for ICE’s bicentennial year a ‘Shaping the World’ award was introduced.

The William Kemp Award is presented to someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career.  It isn’t presented every year in order to recognise that those who receive it have truly made an exceptional contribution.

High flying young engineers and teams who demonstrated superb communication skills, dedication and commitment to their studies and made a significant contribution to their profession were also celebrated at the awards.

Karen Notman, ICE East Midlands Chair 2017-18 said: “This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate the civil engineering profession and the inspirational people and teams who are often unseen, but who help our society to function and improve our lives.

“These awards are a chance for everyone who entered to feel proud of their hard work and dedication which often goes unnoticed by the general public.”

Medium Project Award

Peppermint Junction, Holbeach – Junction Improvement Scheme
Client: Lincolnshire County Council
Partners: WSP and Eurovia Contracting

Highly Commended: Howden Dam Mini Hydroelectric Project
Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Stantec UK, Stantec Treatment, Severn Trent Green Power, Ossberger

Highly Commended: Bamford 23-24 Rapid Gravity Filters
Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Severn Trent Water, Stantec Treatment, Powerrun, Northeast Reinforcements, McAndrews, Tushingham, Robinsons Structures, S&R, TAP

Small Project Award

Rescuing the A610 – Nailing it!
Client: Derbyshire County Council
Partners: Aecom, Balfour Beatty Civil Enginering, CAN

Highly Commended: Pedestrianisation of Hucknall High Street
Client: Nottinghamshire County Council
Partners: Via East Midlands, Tarmac Ltd, Ashfield District Council

Studies and Research Award

Highly Commended: Flood Risk Management Strategy – A Collaborative Approach
Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Pick Everard, Leicester City Council, Environment Agency, Leicestershire County Council

Team Achievement Award

Strategic Employment Site, Lubbesthorpe Development
Client: Leicestershire County Council
Partners: Eurovia, Midlands Highways Alliance, Leicestershire County Council, CR Civil Engineering

Highly Commended: Davidson’s Road Safety Concrete Barrier
Partners: Norder Design Associates, P J Davidson

Shaping the World Award

Highly Commended: A50 and A46: Shaping East – West Strategic Highway Links
Client: Highways England
Partners: Aecom

Highly Commended: Whole Life Health in Design – Let’s Shout About Health!
Client: Severn Trent Water
Partners: Stantec, Mott MacDonald, NMCNomenca, Costain, JN Bentley

William Kemp Award

Robert Armitage - for ‘leadership and inspiration both within his own company and to the wider engineering world'.

Emerging Engineer Award

Chutimun (Jenny) Nicolson from BAM Nuttall Consulting with her paper: Development of foundation selection criteria for offshore wind turbine structures.