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ICE East of England runs a number of competitions and awards throughout the year for projects and individual members.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

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East of England Merit Awards

ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate civil engineering in the region. The awards help give projects the recognition and prestige they deserve.

Find out more about our Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE East of England gives a number of awards to recognise the individual expertise and excellence of ICE members in the region.

Find out more about the awards.

Pitch 200

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

As one of the four core national activities for ICE 200, this competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019 (providing a 'money can't buy' prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.


Say my name is Isambard and I've been working on this interesting suspension bridge in Bristol. For my video, I could make a model of the bridge showing how it was constructed and the engineering behind it. This video would be 60 seconds long and would be sent with the form below to my local ICE regional team.

Once I'd sent it in, I'd wait to hear if I'd been shortlisted. If I am, I'll get the chance to produce a longer 200 second talk to be presented at the regional Pitch 200 heat. If I win the heat then I will go through to present at the finale at One Great George Street.


The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch 200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2019 will be awarded.

The East of England region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the region (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, excluding London Boroughs).

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch 200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to iceeastofengland@ice.org.uk by 3 April 2018.

ICE 200

Entry details in brief

Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video by 3 April 2018 to the East of England Regional Support Team.

Download our application form
Watch our Pitch 200 videos to find out more

Prizes for the East of England Regional Final

First prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2019

Best Technician Student award

Best Technician Student award

The Best Technician Student Award celebrates exceptional young civil engineers in the East of England, who are currently working towards an accredited HND/HNC or Foundation Degree in civil engineering.

The award is given for engineering talent, high standard of coursework and strong exam performance.

Course leaders or appropriate members of staff can nominate students in August and September 2018. The winner will be informed in October.

Meet our previous winner

Jose-Manuel Hermosilla, winner 2017
Jose-Manuel Hermosilla, winner 2017

The winner of the 2017 Best Student Technician award was Jose-Manuel Hermosilla. Jose-Manuel was nominated but Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) for his excellent coursework, perseverance and enthusiasm. Jose-Manuel received £250, a certificate and shield from Regional Director Glen Owen, at ARU on 27 November 2017.

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This competition is held every year to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

The Award is an excellent chance to practice your writing and presentation skills – perfect preparation for a viva or Professional Review. It'll also raise your profile, help promote your university or employer, and give you the opportunity to have your paper published. Competitors can also win a cash prize of up to £250. Plus, should your paper be chosen for the National Competition, there's another cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal for the overall winner.

The competition is open to all ICE graduate and student members with papers on any area of engineering design, research or practice. Papers have to be expertly presented and discussed, as well as innovative and well written. Graduate members can adapt papers from professional development or Professional Review reports. Student members can adapt a university project or thesis which should preferably be based on your own work.

The competition is open to all graduate and student members of ICE who live, work or study in the East of England (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the overall regional winner will be considered for a place in the national final.

Previous winning titles include:

  • Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure
  • A Collaborative Approach to Design and Build Delivery Using NEC3 ECC Contracts
  • Smart Buildings as Lego Bricks for a New Generation of Smart Cities

Entries for this year’s competition are now closed.

Download entry form

Previous winner

Ryan Traynor

Ryan Traynor, from AECOM in St Albans, is the ICE East of England Emerging engineers award winner for 2017.

Ryan's paper 'Development of a Self-Sensing Engineered Cementitious Composite for Intelligent Infrastructure' was declared the winner in a very close competition. The runner up was Michael Ridley's paper 'Optimal Scheduling of Inspections and Monitoring for Fatigue Assessment in Offshore Wind Turbines'.

National competition

The Emerging Engineers Award culminates in a national competition. 3 winners from across the UK are selected to take part in the final, held at our headquarters in London.

The selected finalists each present their papers, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Find out more about the final

Meet a former winner

Jasmine Toombs
Jasmine Toombs, winner of the 2017 Emerging Engineers Award

Jasmine Toombs won last year's award with her paper: explored the promising use of Elon Musk's technology in the world of transport. Jasmine described the various Hyperloop proposals that are currently being explored and talked about the challenges and opportunities this new transport mode could bring.

Jasmine represented the ICE's South West Region and is graduate engineer working for WSP in their Turo office in Cornwall.

Individual award for Merit

Individual Award for Merit

The ICE East of England Regional Board gives four awards to exceptional people who have shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to ICE at branch and regional level.

They are:

  • Award for Merit: For outstanding service to civil engineering in representing East of England at any level. Proposed by Regional Executive Board
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service: For outstanding service at regional level. Proposed by Regional Chair
  • Commendation for Good Service: In recognition of good service in a committee role at branch level. Proposed by Branch Chair
  • Commendation for Meritorious Conduct: For service of an exceptional nature - e.g. for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative, devotion to duty. Proposed by Regional Executive Board

Previous winner

Barbara Kemp: Much of the success of VolkerFitzpatrick's ICE scheme is due to her enthusiasm, professionalism and personal commitment.

Bob Southey: He has shown great commitment to services for young engineers and technicians.

Steve Balliston: The award recognises his outstanding service to civil engineering in the East of England, and further afield.

Brian Flynn: He has made a great contribution to the region by maintaining professional standards and furthering knowledge of water and maritime engineering.


Picture This Photo Competition

Picture This Photo Competition

This is a competition to take photos ICE can use to raise the profile of the profession and help the public understand civil engineering. It isn't a test of photography skills.

How to enter:

  • Submit up to two pictures
  • Images must be taken within the ICE East of England region - i.e. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk
  • Please avoid standard pictures of well-known structures such as the Orwell Bridge. The judges are looking for something new
  • The pictures must have been taken no more than 12 months before the closing date
  • Please send your photographs electronically (scanned prints are fine) to chris.dodson@ice.org.uk to arrive no later than Friday 1 June 2018
  • Please remember to include your name; contact details; details about the picture; type of camera and, if appropriate, settings used (photography publications ask for this information in our post-event competition coverage)

Conditions of entry:

  • You don't have to be an ICE member to enter
  • Pictures may be enhanced to make them brighter, clearer etc., but the content must not be manipulated
  • The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe has been excessively treated to alter its authenticity
  • The judging panel will include a professional photographer and a representative from the Graduates and Students Committee. The judges view and vote independently without consultation and may also provide comments/advice which will be fed back to the entrants
  • All entries must be your work and must not infringe the rights of any other party
  • You must own the copyright and you will retain copyright, however, in entering the competition, you are agreeing to ICE retaining your pictures and using them for future promotional and illustrative purposes. If they are used, a credit attributing the picture to you will be included. No fees will be payable if pictures are used in this way
  • ICE reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the rules at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control

ICE East of England is looking for a sponsor for this competition. If you know of someone who might like to get involved and benefit from promotional opportunities, please contact Chris Dodson:

e: chris.dodson@ice.org.uk
t: 01353 749483

Most recent winner

Joe Palmer
Sea defences at Overstrand, North Norfolk - Joe Palmer

2015 Winner (the last time this competition was held)

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