North West Awards winners chosen from 40 entries

The ICE North West Civil Engineering Awards 2018 received over 40 entries across a range of categories - spanning individual achievement to project successes. This year an ICE 200 Special Award was added.

ICE 200 Special Award: goes to Mersey Gateway team
ICE 200 Special Award: goes to Mersey Gateway team
The North West Civil Engineering Awards 2018 were presented by ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair and ICE North West Chair Alan Williams. Prizes went to:

Mersey Gateway scheme

Special ICE 200 award announced by former ICE President Richard Coackley. Praised as a ‘phenomenal feat of engineering which has changed the local skyline’. The scheme incorporates a new 1,000m 4 span cabled-stayed bridge over the River Mersey delivering a 6 lane toll bridge and upgrades to 7.2km of strategic highway network.

Ordsall Chord

Large Project award: new railway link connecting Manchester’s main railway stations for the first time, reducing rail congestion and introducing entirely new rail services.

Mersey Loop

Medium Project award: renewed over 1.2km of track bed 40m beneath the city with constraints both above and below the ground with minimum disruption to vital transport links.

Eden Brows scheme

Medium Project Commendation: dealt with a challenge in the form of a massive 500,000 tonnes landslip on the Settle to Carlisle line, one of the UK’s most iconic railway lines. A clever use of civil engineering techniques.

Earnsdale Impounding Reservoir

Small Project of the Year award: innovative approach to the improvement works included several ground breaking technical innovations for UK dam engineering and 3D modelling to assist in terms of communications, coordination and timing throughout the project.

River Mersey Flood Risk Management Scheme

Community Category: as well as providing measures to reduce flood risk, its overriding aim was to ‘create a better place for people and wildlife’, achieved through active engagement with affected communities.

A556 Knutsford to Bowden scheme

Commended: strong community involvement and ultimately, the removal of 51,500 vehicles from the existing road which brought about significant benefits for local residents as well as creating a more rural aspect for the community.

Richard Macilwaine

Mentor of the Year: for his role as the cornerstone of support for civil engineers working within the Environment Agency, spanning many years.

Chris Hudson of Volker Stevin

Volunteer of the Year:  described as a ‘force of nature’ when it comes to telling the world about the benefits of civil engineering.

Runcorn Railway Bridge

2018 Heritage award: recently assessed as viable for inclusion as any future HS2 operations, despite it being 160 years old.

Jacobs' Mental Health Matters strategy

North West Diversity award: helped create a highly engaged, mentally-healthy workforce.

Emerging Engineer

Lewis Brimmell

Law and Contract Student of the Year

Alasdair Alston