Seven recognised for engineering excellence at ICE South East England Awards

Demonstrating the transformative power of civil engineering.

It was a night celebrating civil engineering, with Brittany Harris (left) hosting and Safia Whitwham (right) winning
It was a night celebrating civil engineering, with Brittany Harris (left) hosting and Safia Whitwham (right) winning 'One to Watch'

Announced in front of 160 industry professionals, the ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards recognised five outstanding projects and two extraordinary individuals that have shown how engineers in the South East are transforming lives.

The event which took place at the Grand Brighton Hotel was hosted by Brittany Harris, co-founder of Qualis Flow and ICE Invisible Super hero – water woman.

Taking the highest honour of the evening was Balfour Beatty’s work on the M3 Junction 2-4a Smart Motorway. It was recognised as being the 'Greatest Contribution to South East England', as well as winning 'Best Infrastructure Project' and the 'Thames Valley Branch Award for Engineering Excellence'.

The project won for its' remarkable work upgrading the M3 including Woodlands Lane Bridge near Windlesham Village and its use of technology to improve the journeys’ of 130,000 commuters.

It was presented to the project team by Regional Chair, Stewart Biggs, and past ICE President and keynote speaker Professor Peter Hansford.

It was also a very successful night for Arup and London Gateway Port Ltd who both won two awards for their respective projects.

Arup’s Places Leisure Eastleigh, a new state of the art £28m leisure centre based in Hampshire won the award for 'Community Benefit and 'South Award for Engineering Excellence'.

With an ’excellent’ rating by BREEAM, the new community facility provides local employment. It will also tackle wider issues such as mental health, social isolation and community cohesion. through its inclusive design and exercise programme.

London Gateway Port Ltd received the award for 'Sustainability and Resilience' and the 'Brassey Award (Kent and East Sussex) for Engineering Excellence' for Salt Fleet Flats - a new intertidal mudflat habitat in North Kent.

The habitat was created on grazing land by reducing the ground level, using the material arising to create a new 2.4km-long flood defence embankment and breaching the existing flood defence to allow the site to be flooded.

Horsey Cycleway scheme –Tollgate and St Anthony’s Cycleway Bridges, submitted by Life Span Structure was highly commended by the judges in the 'Best Infrastructure Project' category for creativity in the design and manufacture of essential bridges for the new cycle routes.

Showcasing the talent of engineers from South East England on the international stage was the APM Terminals Medport Tanger – Morocco by AECOM, which was awarded the 'Engineered in South East England Award'.

This project is stated to be the most technologically advanced terminals in the world and the first automated container terminal in Africa. The APM Terminals project received the award for raising the profile of South East maritime engineering globally.

New to this year was the 'ICE South East England People’s Choice Award'. This award was opened to public vote to choose the project they felt had delivered the most benefit to the community.

Close to 2000 people voted in the competition to crown BAM/Network Rail Multi-Functional Framework as the inaugural winner.

BAM is delivering Network Rail's five year South East Multifunctional Framework which includes major station upgrades without closing to the public and avoiding disruption to services.

At the heart of delivering infrastructure are talented engineers in the region and two individuals that have excelled this year, were rewarded for going above and beyond.

In a new category, Safia Whitwham of Osborne was awarded the 'One to Watch for Young Professionals' award. This was for her adoption of new technology, pushing forward diversity and encouraging the next generation with a storybook-style presentation for primary school children, which she developed herself.

Also embracing the ICE 200 mission and proudly inspiring young people into engineering, Dr John Eckhart was recognised for his passion as a STEM Ambassador.

Receiving the Steve Tebb Award for 'Individual Excellence in Schools Outreach', John has engaged primary and secondary school students with engineering. John says he was lucky to have a career that was useful to society and now enjoys passing on his enthusiasm to the next generation.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the shortlisted entries. These awards have shown how engineers from South East England are working on life-changing projects not only in the region but around the world too.

Find out more about the winning projects