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Voting opens for ICE People’s Choice Award

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06 September 2022

Six innovative engineering projects have been unveiled as voting opens for the 2022 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award showcases the best of civil engineering, recognising projects that have a positive impact on the local economy, while highlighting the positive benefits civil engineering has on communities.

The shortlisted projects range from a new container port in Nigeria to the restoration of a peat bog on the English-Welsh border. They also include an elegant bridge connecting communities in Glasgow, flood defences in Lincoln, the renovation of a Grade II-listed ferry terminal on the River Mersey, and an innovative sewage treatment works in County Durham.

Members of the public are invited to vote online for their favourite project. The public vote opens at 10am on Tuesday 6 September for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Tuesday 18 October. The winner will be announced soon after voting closes.

The shortlisted schemes are:

  • Lekki Deep Sea Port Project, Nigeria (ICE Africa)
  • Lincoln Flood Defences, Lincoln (ICE East Midlands)
  • Seacombe Ferry Terminal Refurbishment, Wallasey, Wirral Peninsula (ICE North West)
  • Stockingfield Bridge, Glasgow (ICE Scotland)
  • Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project, Shropshire and Wales (ICE West Midlands)
  • Wolsingham Sewage Treatment Works Growth, County Durham (ICE North East)

Wendy Blundell, Director ICE Regions, said: “These fantastic projects show the sheer variety of civil engineering, and the extraordinary benefits it brings to people everywhere. It is a joy to see how infrastructure can connect and protect communities, restore nature and heritage, and come up with innovative ways to educate and cut carbon. I am very excited to see which one the public crowns as 2022’s People’s Choice Award winner.”

Last year’s winner was the National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration project in Carmarthenshire, which took five years to complete at a cost of more than £7 million. It is the largest project of its kind undertaken in Wales and included two new lakes, bridges, dams, cascades, a waterfall and an extensive network of paths, all set in 300 acres of wooded parkland.

Notes for Editors:

Download hi-res photos of the shortlisted projects here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bs1Y9Q2uKfss4w1i36OukJPcFZYKlJLC?usp=sharing

Please use image caption: Six projects have been selected for the 2022 ICE People’s Choice Award.

For more information, please contact media relations manager at ICE Kai Tabacek on [email protected] / 07818 939 701

About the Institution of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a UK-based international organisation with more than 95,000 members, ranging from students to professionally qualified civil engineers. As an educational and qualifying body, with charitable status under UK law, we support our members throughout their careers, and help society to have trust and confidence in infrastructure professionals. Under our Royal Charter, ICE has become recognised worldwide for its excellence as a centre of learning, a public voice for the profession and a leading source of expertise in infrastructure and engineering policy.

About the People’s Choice Awards

Conceived in 2016, the People’s Choice awards are designed to show award-winning civil engineering projects to the public, with a specific focus to demonstrate the positive impact these projects make on everyday lives and communities. Every ICE regional office in the UK and internationally is asked to submit a project for the awards, which are then shortlisted by a judging panel to open to a public vote. The award has run each year since 2016, with the exception of 2020 during the pandemic.

  • Kai Tabacek, media relations manager at ICE