Tees Barrage, which forms part of the Canal & River Trust, has been presented with a commemorative ICE 125 plaque, in celebration of the 125 years since the Institution was established in the region.
ICE North East members were asked to vote for the projects they believe have had a positive impact on the region, based on their engineering technical excellence, public benefit, sustainability and influence on raising the profile of civil engineering.
Tees Barrage, along with the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, were unanimously selected as the top two projects by ICE North East, as part of its prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards, which recognise engineering excellence across the region.
Penny Marshall, ICE Regional Director in the North East, said: "It is an important period in the Institution's rich history as we gear up for our bicentenary, and it is equally important to recognise the impact key landmarks have had on the North East. There are many projects and structures throughout the region that have contributed a great to deal to the region's infrastructure and people's everyday lives in the region.
"Tees Barrage has boosted its regional economy as it has facilitated the regeneration of the adjacent land for amenity, leisure, educational and commercial uses. It was resoundingly selected as one of the region's top infrastructure projects by our members, as a result of its importance to Stockton and the wider North East economy."
Mike Marshall, Customer Operations Manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: "The Tees Barrage is a unique structure in the 2,000 miles of canals and rivers our charity looks after and we're thrilled this impressive structure has been recognised by ICE North East with their special 125th anniversary award."
He added: "As well as the day-to-day running of the Barrage and the River Tees, our team has been working with some brilliant volunteers who meet monthly to help transform the waterscape at the Barrage into a place where visitors and the local community can enjoy and relax. With new wildlife displays in our Welcome Station, a dipping pond, bug hotel, flower displays, outdoor seating and of course opportunities for fishing, boating and seal-spotting - it's a must-see destination! Please get in touch through our website if you'd like to join our volunteer group."