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Voting opens to pick the South West’s best civil engineering scheme

07 July 2023

Fourteen projects have been shortlisted for the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2023.

Voting opens to pick the South West’s best civil engineering scheme
The Prior Park Landscape Garden, Dam and Pond Restoration Works in Bath are among the shortlisted projects. Image credit: Binnies UK Ltd

The public has been given the chance to pick its favourite civil engineering scheme as voting opens for the ICE South West People’s Choice Award.

Fourteen projects have made the shortlist for the award, which forms part of the wider ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2023.

From experimental eco-schemes to multi-million-pound infrastructure projects, the lineup includes examples of all shapes and sizes from every corner of the region.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of civil engineers from a competitive field of entries that reflect outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation, and ingenuity.

Transport is particularly well represented in the final with several strategic highways projects on the list, along with rail resilience schemes and transport hubs.

The industry’s commitment to sustainability and biodiversity is also evident with many initiatives seeking to find more eco-friendly engineering solutions and pioneer techniques to reduce carbon and protect nature.

All the shortlisted projects show how they improve life for people in the South West. This could be through growth and economic development, climate resilience, carbon reduction, community enrichment and social value.

Voting will take place online. The deadline for submitting a vote is 5pm on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

‘Greatest positive impact’

Miranda Housden, regional director of ICE South West, said these awards are an opportunity to connect with the public.

“The People’s Choice Award is a great opportunity to promote civil engineering to the public and celebrate the hard work that civil engineers engage in to benefit the region’s communities.

“I’d encourage everyone to find out more about the outstanding projects on the shortlist and cast a vote for the scheme they think has had the greatest positive impact for their area or the region as a whole.”

The other project award categories are decided following a second round of judging by a panel of industry leaders who visit each scheme over two days.

The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Bristol on Friday 10 November, hosted by TV presenter Rob Bell, when the Graduate and Apprentice of the Year will also be announced.

Civil engineering barometer

On behalf of Kier BAM, the main sponsor of the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2023, Craig Small, operations director at Kier Infrastructure (Major Projects), said: “These awards are a fantastic barometer for civil engineering in the South West, showing how the industry is making an important contribution to the region.

“They demonstrate the expertise and creativity of civil engineers in solving infrastructure problems and coming up with sustainable solutions to enrich people's lives, reduce carbon and help address the challenges of our changing climate.”

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  • Lidia Pearce, communications lead at ICE South West