North East - Robert Stephenson awards

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Nominations for the Robert Stephenson Awards 2019 are open

ICE North East presents the Robert Stephenson Awards (RSAs) every year as a celebration of civil engineering excellence in the region.


The awards, sponsored by CDM, ensure projects receive the acknowledgement and prestige they deserve. The results are announced at the annual dinner and awards are presented by the ICE president.

Awards are made to recognise particular merit, physical achievement, innovation or ingenuity. Projects can include research work, technical papers or built infrastructure.

Project categories, based on estimated or actual construction costs are:

  • Large Project: value over £5million
  • Medium Project: value £1m - £5m
  • Small Project: value up to £1m


  • Entry submission deadline: 03 February 2019 (£150 exc VAT)
  • Entrants notified if further information or interview presentation required: Friday 01 March 2019
  • Judging period: February 2019 to April 2019
  • Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, Newcastle: 2 May 2019
  • The results will be announced live on the night.

Application pack and nomination form

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2018 award winners

North East Awards 2018
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Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project

Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project

Winner: Large Category - Over £4m

Bam Nuttall, EDF Energy Renewables and BAM InfraConsult BAM

Bam Nuttall, EDF Energy Renewables and BAM InfraConsult BAM used several different innovative techniques and methods of construction to produce five ground-breaking Gravity-Base Foundations. This pioneering design is the first time the specialist “float and submerge” method has been successfully used on an offshore windfarm.

The GBF is a hollow base constructed on land then floated out to sea and submerged to its final location. They are then ballasted with sand so that wind turbine loads can be placed upon it. This method negates piling out at sea. Construction of these ground-breaking structures will lead the way to more cost effective renewable energy solutions worldwide.

Castle Eden Dene Outfall

Winner: Medium Category - £0.5m - £4m

Mott MacDonald Bentley and Northumbrian Water Group

The Castle Eden Dene scheme is an excellent example of where a successful collaborative project team delivery approach was adopted. Significant environmental, safety, customer benefits and cost efficiencies were realised to help deliver this project for Northumbrian Water.

This outfall replacement scheme is located within a largely inaccessible SSSI site in Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee. The site has a history of landslips which have undermined and compromised the existing outfall, which is no longer safe.

The scheme provides a robust trenchless solution with environmental benefits including new habitat creation, long-term stability and safer access. Cost efficiencies of c£0.9M were realised.

Castle Eden Dene Outfall

Cobalt Cycle Scheme

Cobalt Cycle Scheme

Winner: Small Category - under £0.5m

Capita and North Tyneside Council

LThe Cobalt cycling and walking improvements project in North Tyneside merits the award as it has provided innovative, high quality infrastructure which supports sustainable and active travel in one of the UK’s largest commercial business parks.

Implemented to significantly improve and enhance sustainable accessibility to the business park through provision of high quality, safe cycling and walking links between Cobalt and local residential areas, it provides a REAL viable alternative choice of travel to work for local residents, and aims to promote a shift away from reliance on the private car.