2016 Robert Stephenson Awards now open

Prestigious awards that will help to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, have opened for entries.

Awards Scheme Secretary Derek Smith addressing the 2015 Annual Dinner of ICE North East
Awards Scheme Secretary Derek Smith addressing the 2015 Annual Dinner of ICE North East

Organisations and businesses from across the region are being urged to enter the 2016 Robert Stephenson Awards.

The Robert Stephenson Awards recognise and reward the talent within the region, showcasing the work produced by civil engineering contractors and designers from companies or organisations from across North East England.

There are three categories of award this year; projects valued less and greater than £4million, as well as the small project section, for those less than £500,000. Projects considered outstanding may receive a special award at the discretion of the judges. The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Sir John Armitt, will present awards at the ICE North East Annual Dinner.

Any submissions for the awards must be entered by Friday 22nd January 20165. However, notification of intent to enter must be received by Friday 18th December 2015.

The 2015 award winners and commendations included the Belford Natural Flood Management Scheme, in Northumberland, the Megstone Avenue Flood Alleviation Scheme, in Cramlington, the Yarm Public Realm Works, the Thornaby Footbridge project, the Barnard Castle Weir Replacement, the Greatham Managed Realignment: creation of the Saltern Wetlands, on the Tees Estuary, Hartlepool, and the Blaydon Regeneration in Gateshead.

Derek Smith, awards scheme secretary said: "The Robert Stephenson Awards are always a great celebration of North East civil engineering, but 2016 will be extra special as we also mark the ICE's 125th year in the region.

"One of the key roles of the ICE is to celebrate and promote the industry and the achievements of those within it, and this is a fantastic opportunity for those involved in the sector to get involved in doing that, by highlighting their successes."

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