ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2015 winners announced

The winners of the ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards were announced live at a prestigious awards ceremony, held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel on Friday 6 February 2015.

ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2015
ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2015

Regional Director Alan Butler said: "Hot on the heels of a debate discussing ways of tackling the predicted skills gap, our Civil Engineering Awards then showcased the best of what the current civil engineering talent from across the region has to offer.

"It's important for us to celebrate the important contribution that civil engineers make towards society. This year's entries showed how engineers innovate and create as well as improve and maintain. They also showcased the commitment and dedication of certain civil engineers to help inspire our engineers of the future.

All of the nominees should be proud of their efforts and warm congratulations to those that won."

The Large Project Award went to the United Utilities Sludge Balanced Asset Programme – an innovative environmental improvement scheme which recycles sludge into grassland fertiliser while as a by-product generating enough electricity to run the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works, thus significantly offsetting carbon emissions.

The Award for Medium Project went to the Swinden and Lee Green Impounding Reservoirs project in Burnley where reservoir overflow and spillway facilities were strengthened to ensure they could pass a probable maximum flood event. The judges awarded a Highly Commended certificate to Network Rail's Chorley Tunnel and Flying Arches Scheme.

The Dove Stone Hydro Scheme took the Community Award – a partnership between the Saddleworth Community Hydro group, United Utilities and Renewables First, funded jointly by Defra and 160 shareholders - which generates £20,000 revenue a year as well as enough electricity for 75 houses, using water which would otherwise have gone to waste.

The judges awarded a Specially Commended to Engineers for Overseas Development North West for its Grain for Gain Project, which saw volunteers from around the region design a grain store for the Mam Riang Women's Co-operative in Nyakoi, Eastern Uganda, raise funds for its completion, and travel to East Africa to build the store.

Will Smith, a civil engineer based at Mott MacDonald in Manchester, who led the Grain for Gain project, won the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Dave Hill of Balfour Beatty took the Mentor of the Year Award in recognition of his mentoring work at all levels; from apprentices and technicians through to those seeking to become Chartered Engineers.

Aoife Nugent of Costain was crowned Law and Contract Student of the Year for best results in the course.

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