ICE East Midlands Civil Engineering Merit Awards 2017 took place at the Belfry in Nottingham on 9 June. Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President 2016-17, presented the awards at a ceremony during a black-tie dinner attended by over 300 guests.
Thirty-two projects from five East Midlands’ counties, as well as projects located in the South West and South East, competed for recognition at these prestigious awards. The entries were judged by a panel of experienced civil engineers and members of ICE’s East Midlands Graduates & Students Committee, chaired by ICE East Midlands Chair, Ray Dickinson.
The awards recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering across the region and beyond. They are ICE’s main opportunity to draw attention to the hidden benefits of civil engineering to society and showcase the most innovative, creative and sustainable contributions engineers make to the wealth our region.
Each project entered for up to three of the following categories: Large projects greater than £10M, Medium projects from £750K to £10M, Small projects less the £750K, Team Achievement, Studies & Research. Awards were given in each category with other projects recognised as being ‘Highly Commended’ or ‘Commended.’
The William Kemp Award is presented to someone who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over the course of their career. It isn’t presented every year in order to recognise that those who receive it have truly made an exceptional contribution.
High-flying young engineers and teams who demonstrated superb communication skills, dedication and commitment to their studies, and made a significant contribution to their profession, were also celebrated at the awards.
Ray Dickinson, ICE East Midlands Chair 2016-17 said: “This annual event is a great opportunity to celebrate the civil engineering profession and the inspirational people and teams who are often unseen, but who help our society to function and improve our lives.”
“Nominations for our Emerging Engineers Award and Communications Competition this year were all of an extremely high standard. It is impressive the achievements that have been made so early in the careers of these individuals which is a testament to their commitment, enthusiasm and drive. I am confident and reassured that the industry is in good hands with such individuals emerging in our industry.”
“Our great Institution will be 200 years old in 2018. Next year we’ll be celebrating the progress that has been made since we were founded and looking forward to the great opportunities and challenges which lie ahead, and the role civil engineers can play in shaping the society of the future.”
“I congratulate the winners of our 2017 Awards and all entrants. These awards are a chance for them to feel proud of their hard work and dedication which often goes unnoticed by the general public.”
ICE East Midlands Regional Director, Molly McKenzie added: “Our annual Merit Awards is our opportunity to celebrate professional civil engineers and the amazing infrastructure projects they create and deliver in a safe and sustainable manner.”
“To enable us to deliver today’s infrastructure and support tomorrow’s growth we must recognise the hard work of our colleagues working behind the scenes who are often overlooked. We must also capture their knowledge and enthusiasm and share it with our children. The future of the next generation of engineers is also in the hands of their parents and teachers, and we must make sure that these too are well-informed about engineering as a career and life choice.”