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ICE NI 2020 Award winners celebrated during President’s visit

18 December 2020

This year’s ICE NI Awards celebrates outstanding individual achievements and knowledge as well as significant projects ICE members have been instrumental in delivering.

ICE NI 2020 Award winners celebrated during President’s visit
Northwest transport hub building

ICE President Rachel Skinner’s online visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday 3 December culminated in an evening celebration, hosted by ICE NI Committee Chair John Glass and ICE NI Committee Senior Vice Chair Chris Caves.

The Celebration event marked the success of our members in adapting rapidly to the challenges 2020 had brought. It also offered an opportunity to recognise those who became professionally qualified with ICE, joined as an Associate Member or achieved our highest membership grade, becoming ICE Fellows over the last year.

The Awards

ICE Northern Ireland's prestigious awards promote the work of civil engineers and encourage excellence in the profession across the region. The awards recognise outstanding individual achievements and knowledge as well as significant projects ICE members have been instrumental in delivering.

This year's awards included the Sustainability Award, awarded biennially to a Northern Ireland civil engineering project that demonstrates outstanding environmental sustainability, and the Adrian Long Medal, awarded biennially by ICE NI for the best paper which has been published in an ICE journal.

Jenny Green, Regional Director for ICE Northern Ireland, said;

“In what continues to be a challenging time for many, and with the disappointment of being unable to hold our highlight event of the Annual Dinner, ICE NI chose to host an online celebration evening to shine a light on the success of our members. It was wonderful to showcase the important role our members and civil engineers play in our society, and to mark the notable achievements of 2020. We warmly congratulate everyone who was nominated this year and, of course, the winners, and we very much look forward to next year’s celebrations.”

ICE NI 2020 Award Winners

Ferguson Medal – Duncan McAllister (Translink) and Chris Caves (Arup) for Belfast Transport Hub

The paper on the Belfast Transport Hub was delivered to over 450 audience members, as part of a joint evening meeting with CIWEM and CIHT, and covered a wide range of considerations for this project including technical concept design and legacy plans including the fundamental aim to connect people through infrastructure.

Adrian Long Medal – Vinayagamoothy Sivakumar for Assessment of Skempton’s pore water pressure parameters B and A using a high-capacity tensiometer. Published in Géotechnique, October 2019


  • Philip Salon
  • Brian Sloan
  • Snehasis Tripathy
  • Pauline MacKinnon
  • Shane Donohue
  • B. Janaki Ramaiah

Sustainability Award – Translink (Paul Denvir) for North West Multimodal Transport Hub

Partner Organisations:

  • Department for Infrastructure: Tim Weir
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council – Francis Morrison
  • Sustrans – Steven Patterson
  • Department of Transport – Michael Spillane
  • Donegal County Council – Paddy Doherty

The North-West Transport Hub, located at the former Waterside Train Station, promotes active and sustainable travel. The hub brings together a range of transport modes and provides enhanced facilities and encourages people in the North-West of Ireland to consider sustainable modes of transport. As can be seen from the range of partner organisations, this project was a significant one with the aim of making North-Western Europe a key economic player and an attractive place to live and work. To learn more about the project, ICE hosted an online webinar in February 2020 and the recording is available here.

STEM Ambassador of the Year – Ruth Kelly, Amey Consulting

Ruth has long been a dedicated ICE volunteer and has recently been made Amey Consulting office 'STEM Champion'. She has led a cohort of Ambassadors through a number of pre-Covid events, including visits to schools and colleges and a series of online career talks with 14-18 year old pupils. Ruth has also recently joined the ICE NI Education & Inspiration Strand Group to help shape our work in this area even further.

More about ICE NI Awards.

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications lead at ICE Northern Ireland