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30th Robert Stephenson Awards shortlist announced

29 March 2021

ICE North East has released the list of pioneering projects that will be recognised at the 2021 awards.

30th Robert Stephenson Awards shortlist announced

ICE North East has revealed the shortlist of 10 projects that will be recognised at its annual Robert Stephenson Awards.

The awards, sponsored by CDM Recruitment, celebrate civil engineering excellence in the region.

The awards, in its 30th year, are made to recognise particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity. Projects can include research work, technical papers or built infrastructure.

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Book your place at the online Robert Stephenson Awards 2021, taking place on 23 April.

The shortlist is divided into three categories; projects with a total cost in excess of £5m compete for the large award, those valued between £1m and £5m for the medium award, and those less than £1m for the small award.

The 2021 Robert Stephenson Awards shortlist


  • Coatham Woods Natural Flood Management Scheme – Environment Agency, Arup, Tees Rivers Trust and Ebsford Environmental


  • A66 Cargo Fleet Lane Junction Improvements – Middlsbrough Council, Lynas Engineers and AE Yates
  • Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme – South Tyneside Council, Royal HaskoningDHV and Bam Nuttall
  • Chester-le-Street Flood Alleviation Scheme – Durham County Council, Pell Frischmann and Esh Civils
  • Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme – Environment Agency, Mott Macdonald/Bam Nuttall joint venture and Turner and Townsend
  • North Marine Park Restoration Project – South Tyneside Council, Southern Green and Esh Civils


  • Durham University Infrastructure Improvements Scheme – Durham University, Fairhurst, Arup, COLAS Ltd and Summer Inman
  • Horden Station – Network Rail, Durham County Council, Arcadis and Story Contracting
  • Newcastle University Sports Centre – Newcastle University, Cundall, Ryder Architecture and Clugston Construction
  • The Catalyst – Newcastle University, GSS Architecture, Design North, Gillespies LLP, Studio Horn, Desco, Bowmer & Kirkland, NG Bailey, JD Pierce, Charles Henshaw & Sons Ltd (inc. Levolux), Beal Architectural and Turner and Townsend

The winners will be revealed during a virtual award ceremony on 23 April 2021.

Derek Smith, chair of the Robert Stephenson Awards judging panel, said: “As usual, the standard of entries for the 2021 Robert Stephenson Awards is very high. We’ve had a good number of entries, each one demonstrating civil engineering excellence and innovation, and each one demonstrating that civil engineering across the North East is in good hands.

"I would like to thank all the nominees for taking the time to put forward an entry and helping to raise the profile of civil engineering.

“There are thousands of civil engineers in the North East who work tirelessly to design, construct, improve and maintain the infrastructure that we all rely on. These awards are a great opportunity to highlight the positive impact their work has on our lives."

A special 30th anniversary prize

Ten award-winning projects are also in the running for a Special 30th Anniversary Robert Stephenson Award.

Members of the public were asked to vote for their favourite winning RSA project from the last three years via an online poll (now closed).

See the full list

The winner of this special award will be revealed during the virtual awards ceremony, as well as the STEM Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by ESH Group.

In 2020, the A19-A1058 Coast Road Improvements Scheme won the Large Category Award, the Medium Category Award went to Northern Gateway and Port of Sunderland Emergency Works won the Small Category Award.

  • Joanne Stephenson, marketing communications executive at ICE