Awards that promote civil engineering excellence

Our Annual Awards recognise both outstanding civil engineering achievements and contribution to the profession and ICE. Read on to find out more about the awards - you may know of a person or project deserving of recognition among the wider civil engineering community.

Individual awards

The 2021 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 15 October. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 1 June 2021. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is an award for civil engineering excellence and aligns with ICE’s commitment to enhance the technical knowledge, insight and ethical understanding of engineers wherever they work across the world.

This year the award will seek to recognise an individual whose sustained ethical, knowledgeable and insightful contribution to civil engineering is of sufficient magnitude and stature to merit an Institution premier award.

The awards committee will be particularly keen to recognise an individual who has demonstrably worked to share lessons learned for the good and advancement of the profession.

International Medal

This award aligns with ICE’s decarbonisation commitment and is awarded to a civil engineer who’s made an outstanding contribution to civil engineering who had prime responsibility for an outstanding contribution to civil engineering outside the UK.

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise a civil engineer who has had prime responsibility for an outstanding project or initiative that has contributed to decarbonising civil engineering outside the UK.

Bev Waugh Award - New for 2021

Newly introduced in 2021, the Bev Waugh Award aligns with ICE’s commitment to transform the productivity of our industry by acknowledging a leader/individual who has had a positive impact on joint team working.

The award will specifically seek to recognise a leader or individual who quietly broadens the perspective of the team, leads with kindness, values the views of others and constructively questions the status quo to create a people-centred, ‘best for project’ culture.

Garth Watson Medal

This medal is awarded by an ICE member or employee to someone who has given long, dedicated and valuable service to ICE.

Warren Medal

Awarded to an ICE member to recognise their valuable service rendered to his or her region or branch.

President's Medal

The President's medal is awarded annually to a person, whether or not a member, who has performed any service to the Institution, to civil engineers or to the profession of civil engineering, that has not otherwise been recognised. The President decides who receives the medal and regard is shown to service that reflects the priorities and objectives that the President has identified for his/her year in office.

Project-based Awards

The 2021 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 15 October. To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 1 June 2021. Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted by the ICE Awards Committee.

Edmund Hambly Medal

The Edmund Hambly Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to address how we build resilience and mitigate the significant effects of the climate change.

It is an award for the creative design of an engineering project that makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development. The award emphasises the important contribution that civil engineering makes to the wellbeing of mankind and the environment.

This year the award will seek to recognise the creative design of an engineering project that contributed to mitigating and adapting to the significant effects of the climate change.

Brunel Medal

The Brunel Medal aligns with ICE’s commitment to place decarbonisation of our industry at the heart of our agenda and is awarded to recognise excellence in civil engineering.

All teams, persons or organisations operating within the built environment will be eligible.

It’s open to:

  • ICE members of all grades
  • Local authorities
  • Contractors
  • Firms of consulting engineers
  • Educationalists
  • Any person or organisation connected with the civil engineering profession - particular consideration is given to teams which include chartered/ incorporated engineers and engineering technicians

This year the award will specifically seek to recognise excellence in the decarbonisation of civil engineering and the infrastructure sector. Teams, persons or organisations delivering a low carbon solution within the built environment should enter.

How to nominate

All nominations have to be endorsed by an ICE member. You can’t nominate yourself.

To submit a nomination, please fill in a nomination form and submit to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 1 June 2021.

Reasons for nominating

Nominations should make the best case possible for the nominee(s). They should provide enough detail to give the Awards Committee a full picture of the nominee(s) and their achievements. The committee will decide the winner based on the quality of the citation, so make sure that only relevant information is provided, and that the amount of detail included does not obscure the argument.

Length of the citation

Citations should be no more than 500 words. Additional relevant information should be in the form of appendices and should not be more than four pages.

Biographical and background details (where appropriate)

Brief details of work history and qualifications, and any other relevant biographical details, may help the Awards Committee to get a rounded picture of the nominee(s). In the case of teams of nominees, details of the extent and length of their collaboration may be useful.

Conditions of eligibility

If there are conditions on who can win the award – for example, if it’s only open to a particular grade of member(s) – the citation must say if and how this has been fulfilled.

Relevant achievements (where appropriate)

If the award is for record of service or achievements, give specific details of how the nominee was involved in particular projects or pieces of work. You should also relate this to the main citation, with enough examples to give a full and accurate picture of what the nominee has done to deserve the award. Pay particular attention to items which are most important or which have greatest bearing on the terms of the award.

Particular projects: partial involvement of the nominee(s)

Where a nominee or team of nominees have not been wholly responsible for the project the citation is based on, you should make their responsibility and involvement as clear as possible.

Project outcomes

If nominations have been supported by predicted outcomes to completed projects, the citation should show the extent to which the outcomes have been met.

Illustrative material

Plans, photographs, maps, publicity material etc. are especially useful if you’ve nominated a project.

The Chris Binnie Award for Sustainable Water Management

The 2021 ICE Awards will be held on Friday 15 October 2021. To apply, please fill in an application form and submit to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday 1 June 2021.

This award recognises work which has benefited society by improving the sustainability of water.

The work might relate to an engineering project, a programme of works, a policy or a piece of research.

It’s open to individuals or organisations, including water companies, consultants, contractors, research bodies, regulators, governments and community groups.

Projects and initiatives from around the world can be entered, although they must be completed by 31 May 2021. We recognise that it may sometimes be difficult to demonstrate completion of a project (for instance, if it is a policy or publication), but it is essential that the submission demonstrates the project’s benefit. You don’t have to be an ICE member to enter.

You can enter as an individual or as part of a project, by completing an application. You can also nominate for the award, providing you have approval from the individual or a representative of the project or initiative. They should also be aware that the information might be used in articles and case studies on our website.

For further information on this award, please email [email protected].

2020 winner

Project Gilghi, a partnership between Australia Aurecon and Ampcontrol, won the 2020 Chris Binnie Award, for a breakthrough off-grid water purification system for use in remote indigenous communities.

2020 ICE Award winners

Individual awards

International Medal

Dr Gue See Sew FICE, ICE Malaysia.

Dr Gue See Saw has a decorated career of achievement as a civil engineer and is now the Chief Executive Officer of G&P Professionals Sdn Bhd, a one-stop engineering specialist service centre and Managing Director of G&P Geotechnics Sdn Bhd, a geotechnical consulting firm. The G&P Group started off as a Geotechnical specialist consultancy with only five staff in September 1999 and has had a growth rate of more than 30% in terms of staff strength and turnover within its first ten years. Today, G&P has grown into a one-stop centre for all professional engineering services.

Edmund Hambly Medal

The Boston Barrier, UK.

The Environment Agency’s (EA) £100m Boston Barrier Project, will protect 14,300 homes and businesses from tidal flooding. Boston has experienced significant flooding events, with 800 properties flooded across 55 streets in 2013.

The Boston Barrier is innovative in its use of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a basis for monitoring and evaluating success. The UNSDGs have been incorporated into the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy across the whole of England and the project is a flagship case study for the EA’s work on measuring their contribution to the UNSDGs.

The Brunel Medal

The Brunel medal was awarded to the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority.

The Project provided employment opportunities to the community, particularly the Project Affected Families, and facilitated local communities to take up business activities. The Project also supported various schools and health facilities through upgradation of the existing infrastructures. Number of drinking water facilities/irrigation channels for providing water for irrigation were developed by the Project.