It beat off stiff opposition from The Architects' Journal and Planning in London in the non-weekly category, sponsored by the Chartered Architects' Company. The awards were presented at the IBP's 43rd Annual National Journalism Awards for 2016, held last night in London at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane.
The publication was re-launched at the start of the year following research commissioned by ICE to see if NCE's previous mix of products had been living up to their ambitions to be an independent voice for the professional civil engineer and to offer intelligence and content they could not find elsewhere.
The results showed that there was a great demand for more technical content and more detailed content about elements of reported projects and innovations. The re-launched monthly edition now focuses on the areas that members told the survey they wanted to hear about such as international coverage, technical detail and practical case studies. It has already been widely acclaimed by ICE members and the IBP award confirms its position as the leading industry magazine in its category.
The IBP judges were full of praise for NCE, commenting:
"NCE is a magazine that has completely reinvented itself, from a tired weekly to an exciting monthly with a good spread of news and features. NCE is an easy and yet engaging read, both for a technical and non-technical audience."
Katherine Smale, a technical reporter for New Civil Engineer was also successful on the night, winning the 'New journalist' award. The judges commended her work as "highly readable" and remarked that she displayed "a great fusion of passion, technical explanation and illustration".