Bristol civil engineering projects and young city civil engineers win top regional industry awards

The Wave Bristol

Two Bristol civil engineering projects and two young civil engineers from the city have won the region’s top industry awards.

The Wave, an artificial surfing lake at Easter Compton, was voted best civil engineering project by the public to take the People’s Choice Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020.

(Have you been? It’s a fantastic and exhilarating day out).

The Judging Panel said the scheme showed “real vision, commitment and dedication” and praised the “world-leading technology” employed on the site and the level of community engagement.

The M49 Avonmouth Junction, which has been built to give direct access to the port of Avonmouth and the Severnside Enterprise Area, won the Collaboration Award for the partnership working between Highways England,  Arup, Galliford Try and Vibro Menard.

The judges said: “What seems to be a simple motorway junction was in fact a fantastic achievement of logistics, planning, technical solutions and collaboration between all the parties involved.”

The ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards, which have been running former than a decade, celebrate the civil engineering projects that make a significant contribution to the region, as well as recognise the rising stars of the South West industry.

Bristol’s Shannon Martin, a University of the West of England (UWE) Degree Apprentice, working for Arup, was named Apprentice of the Year.

Katy Toms, ICE South West Regional Chair said: “We were so impressed by what Shannon has managed to achieve already in her career, including introducing some pioneering work in automation at Arup and contributing to major projects such as the Dawlish coastal defence scheme to protect the main railway line through the South West peninsula. She is also a passionate advocate for civil engineering apprenticeships and works with schools to encourage young women into engineering and STEM careers.”

Rob Henley, a Transport Planner, also with Arup in Bristol, was named Graduate of the Year jointly with Rosie Poad of WSP. Judges praised his professionalism, commitment and the contribution he makes to the team.

Mike Gallop, Chair of the Judging Panel and Route Director, Western, Network Rail, said:

“At no time since the early part of the Twentieth Century have we needed skilled engineers as much as we do today to help our country recover from this global pandemic. These winners show that we have the skills across the South West to do exactly that. I am sure they will help inspire the next generation to show what is possible in this wide and exciting field.”

The award winners were announced at an online event on Thursday 24 September 2020, after the physical awards ceremony, schedule for early July, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Writer and broadcaster, Judi Spiers hosted the online event, which was sponsored by Kier Bam, Hays Specialist Recruitment and Tony Gee and Partners.

Miranda Housden, Director of ICE South West, said:

“The field this year has been truly inspirational with projects that capture the imagination and push the boundaries of civil engineering.

“Moving our awards ceremony online allowed us to include many more people and it was fantastic to share the experience with our members and industry partners. Well done to the winners and to all those shortlisted.”

The Institution of Civil Engineers is the oldest professional engineering association in the world, representing more than 95,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world, with over 6,000 members in the South West, who design, build and maintain the region’s infrastructure.