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ICE South West Awards to celebrate ‘powerful contribution’ of civil engineering

01 March 2023

Entries for this year’s competition are being sought from civil engineering projects and individuals from across the region.

ICE South West Awards to celebrate ‘powerful contribution’ of civil engineering
More than 350 civil engineering professionals are expected to attend the awards ceremony in Bristol on 10 November 2023. Image credit: EventPhotographyBristol

ICE South West has opened entries for its 2023 Civil Engineering Awards, the celebration of the region’s best civil engineering projects and rising stars of the industry.

New build and re-engineered schemes in South West England completed at any point in 2022 (either as an entire project or a major phase) are being invited to enter. Entries are also welcome from temporary or emergency schemes.

Civil engineering graduates and apprentices in the region can apply for an individual award in recognition of early career talent and achievement.

Turning the spotlight on civil engineering

dartmoor line opening
The Dartmoor Line won the Showcase and Community Awards at last year's competition.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West regional director, said the awards are an opportunity to highlight the important contributions of civil engineers in the region.

Housden said: “The often-hidden world of civil engineering continues to make a powerful contribution to improving people’s lives across the South West.

“This infrastructure connects communities through transport improvements, helps to protect homes and businesses with flood alleviation schemes, and upgrades the facilities and systems needed to secure the region’s water and energy supply.”

“The ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards are an opportunity to turn the spotlight on the role of civil engineers in creating a cleaner, greener, more resilient, and sustainable future for the region.”

Housden welcomed entries from across the region: “We welcome entries from every corner of the South West that demonstrate the creativity of civil engineers in solving infrastructure problems, supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and adding social value for the greater good.”

About the competition

There are 10 project awards, four of which recognise schemes costing above or below £8m. Others include the Showcase Award, Resilience Award, Community Award and Collaboration Award.

The public also has the chance to bestow the South West People’s Choice Award on their favourite scheme via a free online vote.

Individual awards are given to the Apprentice of the Year and the Graduate of the Year.

The 2022 Civil Engineering Awards

In 2022, the Dartmoor Line, between Okehampton and Exeter, won the coveted Showcase Award and the Community Award in recognition of outstanding community engagement and the benefits it brings to rural communities.

Buckfast Abbey Fish Pass became the first project to win the Resilience Award for ingenuity in adapting to the impacts of climate change, enabling improvements to biodiversity and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

The Sidmouth Flood Alleviation Scheme and Severn Ham Watermains Replacement project both attracted two awards each last year.

severn ham watermains replacement scheme
Severn Ham Watermains Replacement took home two awards last year.

How to enter

Organisations and individuals seeking to enter the 2023 awards should confirm their intention to submit by Monday 17 April 2023.

All entries must be completed and returned by 5pm on Friday 12 May 2023.

An information pack and entry forms are available at

The winners will be announced at an evening gala ceremony on Friday 10 November 2023 at Delta Hotels by Marriott, Bristol City Centre.

The event will be hosted by TV presenter and engineering enthusiast Rob Bell.

This year’s awards are being held in association with Kier Bam.

  • Lidia Pearce, communications lead at ICE South West