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BBC presenter Marty Jopson to compere ICE Yorkshire and Humber awards

15 February 2020

BBC’s Marty Jopson to compere ICE Yorkshire and Humber’s annual celebration of civil engineering.

BBC presenter Marty Jopson to compere ICE Yorkshire and Humber awards

BBC television presenter Marty Jopson will compere a prestigious civil engineering award ceremony in Yorkshire this March.

Marty, who is best known for his role on BBC One’s The One Show, will compere the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber annual awards at Sheffield City Hall on March 6th.

Marty studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before completing a PhD in plant cell biology and has been making science television for over 20 years including more than ten years as the science reporter on The One Show.

“I’m not an engineer, but I wish I had been,” he said. “For the last 12 years I have been working for the BBC covering engineering stories all over the UK and beyond for programmes like the One Show. It has been my very great privilege to see behind the scenes on some of the most spectacular and fascinating civil engineering projects in the country."

“So, I consider it a great honour to be asked to host the 2020 Annual Awards and Gala dinner for the Yorkshire and Humber ICE. I can’t wait to find out more about what has been going on in our region.”

Marty, who lives in Yorkshire, is a big supporter of science festivals and STEM learning.

14 projects from the region have been shortlisted in the awards programme across three categories, with winners being revealed on the night:

Centenary Award

  • Mercia School, Sheffield - Sheffield City Council, Mott Macdonald, Bond Bryan, BAM Construction
  • Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme - Scarborough Borough Council, Royal HaskoningDHV, Balfour Beatty, TMS, Addison Plant Ltd
  • Lincolnshire Lakes Flood Defence Scheme - North Lincolnshire Council, Mott MacDonald, VBA Joint Venture Ltd

Smeaton Award

  • Humber Bridge Hanger Replacement and Testing - Humber Bridge Board, Atkins, The Spencer Group, COWI
  • Damflask Reservoir – North Scour Pipe Upgrade - Yorkshire Water, Mott Macdonald, JN Bentley
  • Deepcar Access Road and Bridge - Bloor Homes, MDA Consulting, Esh Construction
  • Lavers Bridge, Chesterfield - Bolsterstone Group, HSP Consulting Engineers Limited, Henry Boot Construction Ltd.
  • Victoria Clough Culvert - Environment Agency, JBAB Bentley
  • Scarborough Bridge, York - City of York Council, Network Rail, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, AECOM, AmcoGiffen
  • Wakefield Road Realignment Project - City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Hinko Construction Ltd.
  • River Aire Bridge Refurbishment - Network Rail, AmcoGiffen
  • Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1 - East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Pell Frischmann, Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd.

Sir John Fowler Award

  • HS2 Impact Assessment – Stantec
  • What challenges have the 2016 UK Government’s BIM mandate brought to AFC SMEs? - Leeds Beckett University, YORhub, thinkBIM

The awards are held every year to showcase the outstanding work done by civil engineers from across the region over the past two years. They are divided into three categories; projects with a total cost in excess of £5 million compete for the Centenary Award, those less than £5 million can apply for the Smeaton Award, and projects centred around studies and research are eligible for the Sir John Fowler Award.

In 2019 the Centenary Award was won by Hornsea Onshore Substation, the Smeaton Award was won by Knostrop Footbridge in Leeds, and the Sir John Fowler Award went to the Strategic Drainage Management Planning Pilots.

Entertainment, food and drinks will all be on the agenda at the black-tie event, at Sheffield City Hall on March 6th, 2020, sponsored by YORhub, Balfour Beatty and Mott Macdonald.

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