Six innovative engineering projects have been unveiled as voting opens for the 2022 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award.
The People’s Choice Award showcases the best of civil engineering, recognising projects that have a positive impact on the local economy, while highlighting the positive benefits civil engineering has on communities.
The shortlisted projects range from a new container port in Nigeria to the restoration of a peat bog on the English-Welsh border. They also include an elegant bridge connecting communities in Glasgow, flood defences in Lincoln, the renovation of a Grade II-listed ferry terminal on the River Mersey, and an innovative sewage treatment works in County Durham.
Members of the public are invited to vote online via the ICE website for their favourite project. The public vote opens at 10am on Tuesday 6 September for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Tuesday 18 October. The winner will be announced soon after voting closes.
The shortlisted schemes are:
- Lekki Deep Sea Port Project, Nigeria (ICE Africa)
- Lincoln Flood Defences, Lincoln (ICE East Midlands)
- Seacombe Ferry Terminal Refurbishment, Wallasey, Wirral Peninsula (ICE North West)
- Stockingfield Bridge, Glasgow (ICE Scotland)
- Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project, Shropshire and Wales (ICE West Midlands)
- Wolsingham Sewage Treatment Works Growth, County Durham (ICE North East)
Wendy Blundell, Director ICE Regions, said: “These fantastic projects show the sheer variety of civil engineering, and the extraordinary benefits it brings to people everywhere. It is a joy to see how infrastructure can connect and protect communities, restore nature and heritage, and come up with innovative ways to educate and cut carbon. I am very excited to see which one the public crowns as 2022’s People’s Choice Award winner.”
Last year’s winner was the National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration project in Carmarthenshire, which took five years to complete at a cost of more than £7 million. It is the largest project of its kind undertaken in Wales and included two new lakes, bridges, dams, cascades, a waterfall and an extensive network of paths, all set in 300 acres of wooded parkland.