North East projects honoured at prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards

Engineering projects from across the North East have been awarded prestigious honours at the ICE Robert Stephenson Awards.

Hartlepool Town Wall – Winner, Medium Category Robert Stephenson Awards.
Hartlepool Town Wall – Winner, Medium Category Robert Stephenson Awards.

Significant projects from across the region, including on Tyneside and Tees Valley, were presented with awards from the President of the ICE, Professor Tim Broyd, while he visited the region, culminating in the Institution's North East Annual Dinner.

The A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement was the Large Project category winner, with the Hartlepool Town Wall scheme and Nexus Culvert Crossings project taking home the Medium and Small awards, respectively.

The Robert Stephenson Awards recognise engineering excellence in North East infrastructure projects. Projects with a value of more than £4 million are eligible for the large category, those with a value between £0.5 million and £4 million can be entered into the medium category, and the small category applies to those under £0.5 million.

On behalf of Highways England, Balfour Beatty, in partnership with Parson Brinkerhoff and Arup, carried out the work on the stretch of road leading to the Metro Centre, which helped to reduce congestion among the 116,000 vehicles that use it every day.

Seymour Civil Engineering delivered the Hartlepool Town Wall Scheme, on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council, to help protect the Headland from flooding and coastal erosion.

The Nexus Culvert Crossings scheme, which was delivered by Capita on behalf of North Tyneside Council, involved design and construction works on two water culverts under the Nexus tracks near Etal Lane and Fairfield Green to help prevent flooding.

Two other Tees Valley-based projects were also recognised at the awards, including the Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme and Londonderry Bridge reconstruction, which were Highly Commended in the Medium Project category.

As part of the ICE North East 125 year celebrations, two significant infrastructure projects were also recognised with special 125 Robert Stephenson Awards. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tees Barrage were presented with commemorative plaques, having been the two most popular projects selected among ICE members in the North East.

Seymour Civil Engineering was presented with the Mike Gardiner Cup, to recognise its work in supporting the ICE education programme and engaging with schoolchildren across the region.

The ICE Volunteer of the Year Award was also presented to Mike Gardiner, who has dedicated a significant number of years to the Institution and supported its education programme.

Professor Tim Broyd, President of the ICE, said: "The Institution's North East Dinner and Awards ceremony represented the very best of civil engineering in the region, and showcased many vital infrastructure projects that can help generate economic gains across the North East of England. The awards also recognised the achievements of individuals who have contributed a great deal to the industry, and I was delighted to be involved and present at our prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards."

The ICE North East Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony was sponsored by CDM Recruitment.

Full list of projects recognised at the awards:

Large Category Winner

Large category winner

A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Client: Highways England
  • Consultant: Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Contractor: Balfour Beatty
  • Others: Arup (Lead Designer)

Medium Category Winner

Medium category winner

Hartlepool Town Wall, Hartlepool

  • Client: Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Consultant: Hartlepool Borough Council Engineering
  • Contractor: Seymour Civil Engineering

Medium Category Highly Commended

Medium category highly commended

Londonderry Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees

  • Client: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Consultant: Arup
  • Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Medium category highly commended

Lustrum Beck FAS – Phase 1, Stockton on Tees

  • Client: Environment Agency
  • Consultant: Arup, Esh, Amco, JBA Consulting and J Breheny
  • Contractor: Amco, Esh, Balfour Beatty and J Breheny

Small Category Winner

Small category winner

Nexus Culvert Crossings, Shiremoor and West Monkseaton Metro Station

  • Client: North Tyneside Council
  • Consultant: Capita
  • Contractor: Capita

ICE 125 Winners

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Tees Barrage

Mike Gardiner Cup

Seymour Civil Engineering

Volunteer of the Year Award

Mike Gardiner

Emerging Engineer Award

Beth Barnes

G&S Communications Competition Winners

Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, Ewan Miller and Matthew Foster from MWH Global


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