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Annual ICE East Midlands Merit Awards celebrates the region’s projects and people

09 November 2020

Despite the pandemic, the region was still able to celebrate the annual East Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs) via an online ceremony held on Friday, 30 October.

Annual ICE East Midlands Merit Awards celebrates the region’s projects and people

This year’s EMMAs attracted a wide-range of virtual attendees — both from within the sector and the wider business community. The EMMAs celebrate the achievements of civil engineers across the region, whether this is for specific projects or recognising the achievements of individuals. The awards are presented to the best civil engineering projects or teams, or to ground-breaking research that has taken place in the East Midlands.

A total of 16 civil engineering projects from across the regions were shortlisted for the five main awards, with both winners and runners-up celebrated. The ceremony was hosted by Edward Bingham, ICE East Midlands Council Member and also Technical Director at AECOM, Digital Lead for Roads UK&I.

Watch the full awards ceremony again below:

Awards Ceremony

The Small Project Award Winner

The winner of the Small Project Award has big ambitions for the engineers, designers and architects of the future, and was unanimously chosen by the judging panel to be the recipient of this award. Next Generation Design — The Social Shell, submitted by Arup and Leonard Design Architects, is a timber pavilion that was designed by students from across Nottingham who took part in a weekend workshop. The workshop culminated in a competition to design a pavilion to inspire the next generation of engineers, architects, and designers, and to promote diversity and broader representation within the construction industry.

Watch the Social Shell video below.

The Social Shell

The Small Project Award Highly Commended

The Southwell Property Flood Resilience scheme was Highly Commended in the Small Project category. The judges recognised the importance of the flood prevention measures that will save 118 ‘at risk’ properties from flooding.

Watch the video below

Southwell Property Flood Resilience

The Medium Project Award Winner

The winner of the Medium Project Award was Leicester North West Phase Two, which was submitted by Tarmac, Leicester City Council and Arcadis. The project involved making significant improvements to the traffic management at two busy intersections on a major route linking the centre of Leicester with future developments planned in the north west of the city.

The judges applauded the use of significant quantities of redundant tar bound surfacing material, which would have gone to landfill; the judging panel also commended the project’s efficient and well-planned communications campaign throughout the project, which ensured that everyone impacted by the works was kept up-to-date.

Watch the video below

Leicester North West Phase 2

The Medium Project Award Highly Commended

Highly Commended in the Medium Project Award was the Zouch S101a project, which was submitted by NMCN, C.G. Godfrey Ltd and Severn Trent. The judges were impressed that the £2.3m scheme had significantly improved the lives of everyone in the village of Zouch, whose properties were connected to the public sewerage system for the first time.

Watch the video below

Zouch S101a

The Large Project Award Winner

Winning the Large Project Award was the Granular Activated Sludge Treatment Plant at Radcliffe-on-Trent, which was delivered by NMCN, Mott MacDonald Bentley and CiM6 (a Costain & MWH partnership), for Severn Trent.

Winning the Large Project Award was the Granular Activated Sludge Treatment Plant at Radcliffe-on-Trent, which was delivered by NMCN, Mott MacDonald Bentley and CiM6 (a Costain & MWH partnership), for Severn Trent.

Watch the video below

Granular Activated Sludge Treatment

The Large Project Award Highly Commended

Highly Commended in the Large Project Award was the East Midlands Gateway, a £500m logistics park - submitted by BWB Consulting, SEGRO, Winvic Construction, Buckingham Group Contracting, Cass Hayward and Hydrock.

The judges recognised the importance of this nationally significant infrastructure project, which is centrally located at the hub of the region’s strategic road network and adjacent to East Midlands Airport and will create over 7,000 jobs.

Watch the video below

East Midlands Gateway

Studies and Research Award Highly Commended

The A38 Derby Junctions Green Bridge Feasibility Study to replace an existing footbridge was Highly Commended in the Studies and Research category.

The judges applauded the use of vegetated geo-modular retaining walls to reduce greenhouse gases and attenuate rain-flow. Spiral access paths surrounded by earthworks provide increased opportunities for landscape planting — minimising land take and improving user perception of safety.

Watch the video below

A38 Derby Junctions Green Bridge Feasibility Study

Team Achievement Award Winner

We like to celebrate teamwork at the EMMAs and this year, the Team Achievement Award went to the Government-funded £100m Boston Barrier Scheme, submitted by the Environment Agency, BAM Nuttall & Mott MacDonald Joint Venture.

The judging panel was impressed that the barrier — one of the most effective flood defence schemes outside London — will offer significantly improved tidal flood defence protection for over 14,000 homes and nearly 600 businesses, and is predicted to deliver economic benefits of over £1billion to Boston.

Watch the video below

Boston Barrier Scheme

Team Achievement Award Highly Commended

The judges Highly Commended the Trent Bridge Junction Improvement scheme which has improved the lives of over 40,000 people who drive into Nottingham every day. Submitted by Via East Midlands and Nottinghamshire County Council, this project was delivered on budget and on time, increasing traffic capacity and improving the management of the pedestrian crossings.

Watch the video below

Trent Bridge Junction Improvement

William Kemp Award Winner

The recipient of the William Kemp Award – awarded to someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career - was Andy Leask, who first joined the ICE as a student member in 1972.

A Fellow of both ICE and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Andy has been involved in numerous notable schemes, including the Great Western Hotel in Paddington, Wembley Central, a nuclear manufacturing facility for Rolls-Royce and the Salalah Free Zone HQ in Oman during the last five decades. He also co-founded an engineering consultancy in Derby, which he established with John Rodgers, which became Rodgers Leask in 1988.

In the last few years Andy’s involvement with CBI East Midlands and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, has given him a platform to promote the East Midlands region and the SME community.

Andy has devoted a significant part of his career to not only developing Rodgers Leask as a business but has also been instrumental in mentoring and developing individuals both within the business and also in the wider East Midlands community, promoting not only the importance of professional development but also health and wellbeing.

Commenting on this year’s awards, ICE East and West Midlands Regional Director, Jo Barnett, said: “Congratulations to all our 2020 EMMAs 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.

“So, I was delighted that despite the current pandemic, we could adapt to recognise and celebrate all these achievements online."

This year’s winners and all those schemes that were highly commended, demonstrate the importance of civil engineering and how so many projects help to improve the everyday lives of millions of people. All too often the public, understandably, has very little awareness of how much work goes in to engineering projects, especially when they’re sat in contraflows or when their lives are otherwise interrupted.

Civil engineering is the unsung hero of the built environment, which is why the annual awards are so important to help to raise the profile of the profession and to attract the civil engineers of the future.

  • Magda Baldwin, marketing and communications executive at ICE