Over 230 people attended the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff on 15 June 2018 to celebrate the achievements of civil engineers in Wales during 2017.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales started the evening with a video message which was recorded specifically for the event. He made a particular point of congratulating ICE on its 200th anniversary and highlighted the ongoing need for engineers to keep sustainability and environmental concerns at the forefront of everything they do. He also took the opportunity to congratulate civil engineers in Wales on a number of notable projects which had been completed recently. Watch the Prince of Wales' recorded message.
ICE Wales Cymru's Chair Sarah Jones then provided a welcome address to attendees and spoke about the ongoing effort that ICE members in Wales are making to attend schools, cafés, pubs and lectures to promote civil engineering as a career choice for young people and highlight the profession's importance to the public.
Our guest of honour for the evening was ICE President Prof. Lord Robert Mair, who explained the importance of using developing technologies such as drones, tidal energy, new materials, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in civil engineering projects. He closed his speech by encouraging civil engineers in Wales to be 'new and fast', and explained 'you cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore'.
In a new format for the awards this year, George Lance (ICE Wales Cymru Chair's Apprentice) and Louisa King (ICE President's Future Leader) had the honour of announcing the awards winners.
The winners were presented with their awards and trophies by ICE President Prof. Lord Robert Mair.
The winners of the ICE Wales Cymru awards in 2018 were:
- Paterson Prize 2018 Winner- James Burgon
- ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year 2018 (sponsored by Arcadis) Winner- Harriet Goddard
- Ben Barr Award 2018 (sponsored by Symmons Madge Associates) Winner- Nick Iannetta
- Emerging Engineer(s) Award 2018 Winner- Engineers for Overseas Development ('EFOD')
Find out all the details about the individual winners
- George Gibby Award 2018 winner: Bridge Street Rail Overbridge, Newport
Project organisations: Network Rail, Ove Arup & Partners, ABC Electrification
- Roy Edwards Award 2018 winner: A4233 Maerdy Mountain Landslip
Project organisations: Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC, Tony Gee & Partners LLP, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
- Bill Ward Sustainability Award 2018 winner: Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project
Project organisations: Vattenfall Power Limited, Sweco Ltd, Jones Bros/Balfour Beatty Joint Venture
- Innovation Award 2018 winner: Newtown Community Park Earthworks
Project organisations: Tai Calon Community Housing, Haire Landscape Consultants, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
- Designed in Wales Award 2018 winner: Castle Bridge, Bristol
Project organisations: Cubex, Opus International Consultants (UK) Ltd, Andrew Scott Ltd, The Bush Consultancy
- Studies and Research Award 2018 winner: Little Haven Flood Alleviation Scheme, Pembrokeshire
Project organisations: Pembrokeshire CC, Atkins Ltd, Dawnus Construction Ltd
Find out more about our Project Award winners
This year's judging panel was chaired by John Mather, who was assisted by Jarmila Davies and John Evans. Between them, they have decades of civil engineering experience in industry and academia, and volunteered their time to shortlist project submissions, attend shortlisted sites and scrutinise the projects in real detail.
A charity raffle in support of Engineers for Overseas Development ('EFOD') also raised £1,452.00 for vital projects in developing countries overseas.
Commenting on the evening, Keith Jones (Director ICE Wales Cymru) said;
"Our awards are an excellent opportunity for our industry to get together and showcase design excellence, engineering skills and emerging talent within our profession. The awards shine a light on what is a great career that is delivering vital projects which all add value to the people of Wales.
"There was an outstanding number of entries this year, indicating that in our 200th year, the ICE is still a leading institution within construction. I would also like to add our thanks to all of our sponsors."
The Principal Sponsor for ICE Wales Cymru's Project Awards 2018 was Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, and other sponsors included Symmons Madge Associates, Arcadis and Ocuair, which sponsored the awards by providing drone footage of the shortlisted projects.