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New ICE South West award to recognise climate crisis fighters

Date
14 February 2022

Climate resilience and sustainability are centre stage at the 2022 awards, where schemes of all sizes, and from all sectors and corners of the region are welcome to enter.

New ICE South West award to recognise climate crisis fighters
Graduates and apprentices must be living, working or studying in southwest England to be eligible for the Graduate and Apprentice of the Year awards.

Innovations in adapting the region’s infrastructure to climate change and improving sustainability are being recognised with a new category at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2022.

The Resilience Award honours the efforts being made by civil engineers to future-proof infrastructure schemes to the impacts of a changing climate, such as rising sea levels, climbing temperatures and increasing rainfall.

The award also recognises ingenuity in improving sustainability, protecting biodiversity and reducing carbon emission in the design and construction of civil engineering projects.

Showcasing projects on the leading-edge

Miranda Housden, regional director of ICE South West, said: "While we’ve always highlighted sustainability as part of the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards, we wanted to go further and showcase the outstanding work being done in the region in response to the climate and nature emergency."

"Schemes of all sizes, from all sectors and every corner of the South West are welcome to apply," she added.

About the competition

ICE South West has run its awards for more than a decade. The scheme honours civil engineering excellence, highlighting the best projects and rising stars of the industry.

There are 10 project categories, including the new Resilience Award.

The first four honour new build and re-engineered schemes, splitting them by those that cost more or less than £8 million.

These are followed by the Community and Collaboration Awards, which recognise engagement and overall contribution to the region.

The public has the chance to vote for which of the project finalists receives the South West People’s Choice Award, followed by the Judge's Special Award, which is discretionary, and the Showcase Award.

In addition, there are two categories in the individual awards: the Apprentice and Graduate of the Year Awards, which recognise the emerging talent of early career individuals in the South West. Graduates and apprentices must be living, working or studying in southwest England to be eligible.

Civil Engineering Awards 2021

In 2021, The Box in Plymouth, the region’s largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage space, won the Showcase Award, and the Collaboration Award was presented to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Exeter.

An emergency housing scheme in Cornwall that provided temporary accommodation for homeless people during the Covid-19 lockdowns won two awards, as did the A38/A419 Whitminster Roundabout Canal Bridges scheme in Gloucestershire, which was also voted the public’s favourite in an online poll.

Speaking on behalf of the main sponsor Kier BAM, Craig Small, operations director at Kier Major Projects (Infrastructure), said: "These awards are an amazing shop window for the achievement and passion of civil engineers in the South West."

"Given the standard of previous winners, we are expecting to see a high calibre of entries this year," he added.

The Box in Plymouth, the region’s largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage space, won the Showcase Award in 2021.
The Box in Plymouth, the region’s largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage space, won the Showcase Award in 2021.

Small is also a member of the judging panel, made up of senior industry figures who will visit the shortlisted projects in June.

Sally Walters, framework manager at Stantec and ICE Fellow, is chair of judges. The other judging panel members are Andrew Page-Dove, regional director (South West) at National Highways, David Carter, deputy director ECI & commissioning at Somerset County Council, and Dr Gemma Jerome, director at Building with Nature.

How to enter

Entries are open to projects completed as a phase or in full between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

Submissions must be sent to ICE South West no later than 17:00 (GMT) on Friday, 29 April 2022.

The entry pack and application forms are available on the ICE South West awards webpage.

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on Thursday, 15 September 2022.

  • Lidia Pearce, regional marketing and communications executive at ICE