|Despite the pandemic, the region still celebrated the annual ICE West Midlands Awards via an online ceremony held on Thursday, 19 November.
ICE West Midlands Awards held this year’s Awards Ceremony online, for the first time, due to the pandemic.
The Awards Ceremony is available to watch again below.
The annual awards are presented to the best civil engineering projects, teams or to ground-breaking research that has taken place in the West Midlands.
This year, the judges recognised projects in the following categories: Communications Award
•Education & Inspiration Award
• Large Project Award (over £10m)
•Medium Project Award (£2-10m)
• Small Project Award (under £2m)
• Studies & Research Award
• Sustainability Award
• Team Achievement Award
• ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award
• The Young Achiever of the Year Award
• The Bob Dunn Award
• Overall Winner
Commenting on this year’s awards, ICE East and West Midlands Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said: “Congratulations to all our 2020 West Midlands Awards entrants — the standard this year was, as always, extremely high. Our annual awards play an important role in not only demonstrating the importance of our civil engineers, whose hard work and dedication can often go unnoticed, but also in celebrating the positive impact that civil engineering has on our everyday lives. I was delighted that despite the current pandemic, we could adapt to recognise and celebrate all these achievements online."
The Overall Winner of this year’s ceremony was Worcestershire Parkway Station, (below) which also won both the Large Project Award and the Geotechnical Award.
Worcestershire Parkway was the winner of the 2020 ICE West Midlands Awards Large Project Award, Geotechnical Award and Overall Award.
Submitted by SLC Rail and Worcestershire County Council (Large Project), Mott MacDonald and Buckingham Group Contracting (Geotechnical Award), Worcestershire Parkway is the first train station to be opened in Worcestershire for over 100 years.
In delivering the new station, which had been in the pipeline for 30 years, the project team overcame technical challenges through a collaborative approach, engineering expertise, tenacity and determination.
Commenting on the project, the judges agreed that the whole design, coordination and delivery of the project was highly impressive. They commented that Worcestershire Parkway Station is a remarkable piece of infrastructure that the West Midlands can be truly proud of.
The judges Highly Commended in Large Project Category IM Group Headquarters, submitted by CWA and IM Properties, and Commended the Centenary Square Redevelopment scheme, submitted by Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd, Birmingham City Council and Bouygues UK.
The team that delivered the repair and restoration of the Grade I listed West Gate, in Warwick, (below) won two awards: The Communication Award and the Heritage Award.
West Gate Repair and Restoration won both the Communication Award and Heritage Award
Submitted by Warwickshire County Council, with partners Waterman Aspen, Atkins, Mark Evans Architect, Balfour Beatty and Croft Building & Conservation, the repair and restoration of the 12th century structure’s heavily eroded masonry combined modern technologies with traditional skills, replacing or re-facing over 400 sandstone blocks and reconstructing the archway’s tierceron vault.
Two other projects in the Communication Award received recognition: Coton Arches Roundabout Signalisation, submitted by Galliford Try and Warwickshire County Council, was Highly Commended and Walton Wellesbourne S101a, submitted by Severn Trent and nmcn, was Commended.
Bedford Street Deck Bridge Replacement received Highly Commended in Heritage Award category.
In the Education and Inspiration Award category, the winner was the Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Tramway Construction Operative (Level Two), (below), submitted by the Midland Metro Alliance.
The Midland Metro Alliance's Trailblazer Apprenticeship won the Education and Inspiration Award
Launched in June 2019, the Trailblazer Apprenticeship is the first of its kind in the UK and will enable site-based staff to develop in five discipline areas needed to kick-start a career in light rail.
The Coton Arches Roundabout Signalisation project (below) won the Medium Project Award, which was submitted by Galliford Try and Warwickshire County Council.
Coton Arches Roundabout Signalisation won the Medium Project Award
The signalisation of the roundabout at Coton Arches was one of the transport priorities in Warwickshire and a key element of the ‘Transforming Nuneaton’ A444 corridor, which involved making improvements to ease peak congestion and stimulate economic growth.
The Judges also Highly Commended Pool End Borehole Capital Maintenance project, which was submitted by Mott MacDonald and Severn Trent.
The Small Project Award and the Team Achievement Award went to the Infrastructure Upgrade Through Collaboration – Replacement of Three Bridges project, (below), which was submitted by Amey, Staffordshire County Council, Walsall Council, Network Rail, Currall Lewis & Martin Construction and CTS Bridges.
Infrastructure Upgrade Through Collaboration – Replacement of Three Bridges won the Small Project and Team Achievement Awards
Funded by Network Rail, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, this project included electrifying the railway, which required the upgrading of three local authority footbridges spanning railway lines — two in Stafford and one in Walsall.
The Small Project category also had two Highly Commended projects: Walton Wellesbourne S101a submitted by nmcn and Severn Trent, and Weoley Avenue Lodge Hill Cemetery Flood Alleviation scheme, submitted by Mott MacDonald Bentley and Severn Trent.
The Ground and Underground Infrastructure Damage Evaluation (GUIDE) project (below), won the Studies & Research Award.
GUIDE was the winner of the Studies and Research Award
Submitted by the University of Birmingham, Severn Trent Water, Jacobs and British Geological Surveys, GUIDE proposes a transformative and novel method for locating and carrying out cost effective and accurate condition assessments of buried pipes and their supporting ground.
In the Sustainability category the award went to the Rugby Link Road S278 (below), which was
submitted by Galliford Try and Warwickshire County Council.
Rugby Link Road S278 won the Sustainability Award
The Rugby Radio link road is a crucial connection between the new development of 6,200 homes at Houlton and the town of Rugby. The main element of the scheme is a new bridge over the Oxford Canal consisting of twenty-three 55-tonne beams and two 103-tonne beams.
The judges also Highly Commended the IM Group Headquarters project in this category.
The Bob Dunn Award, which goes to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of civil engineering in the West Midlands, was received by David Johns who has contributed significantly to the promotion of the profession in the region throughout his career.
David, a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of ICE, is an Associate Director at Amey Consulting.
David has contributed significantly to the promotion of the profession in the region throughout his career, including taking multiple voluntary roles at regional level. He has had a huge impact, most significantly through the creation of the p2ACE (Partnership for professional apprentice civil engineers).
The scheme was a new civil engineering apprenticeship launched in the West Midlands in partnership with learning providers, employers and skills-focused agencies.
It framed future thinking across the ICE on apprentices and technicians and is part of the reason why the ICE has such a high-quality approach to apprenticeships nationally now. He has truly made an outstanding contribution and couldn’t be more deserving of this award.
Commenting on The Young Achiever of the Year Award, which went to Jonathan Woods, the judges said: “Jonathan has achieved a lot in his short career to date. In addition to demonstrating excellence and innovation in his day job he also has a clear commitment to the profession through voluntary roles and STEM activity that impacts on hundreds of potential future young engineers. He is a clear and worthy winner."
The Technician of the Year Award recognises someone who is studying for or working towards civil engineering Technician status. Nominations are received from educational organisations. This year the winners were Zubair Dadabhai (from Solihull College), Bryony Wilson (from Coventry University) and Joshua Sansom (from University of Wolverhampton).
The ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award went to Megan Pile. The judges acknowledged that Megan had not only taken part in many STEM events, but had also taken a leading role in the development of new activities, engaging colleagues to deliver them, maximising her impact as an ambassador.
Megan clearly demonstrated her passion for civil engineering by promoting it in multiple environments — professional and voluntary — and is clearly committed to promoting the profession and encouraging young people to consider a career in it.
Serena Gough was named as the runner-up.
Congratulations to all the ICE West Midlands 2020 Awards entrants and winners.