Entries sought for prestigious business awards

Awards Scheme Secretary Derek Smith addresses the 2015 Annual Dinner of ICE North East. Picture by Neil Denham.

Awards Scheme Secretary Derek Smith addresses the 2015 Annual Dinner of ICE North East. Picture by Neil Denham.

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Entries are being sought for a prestigious business awards.

As part of the 125th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, organisations and businesses from across the region are being urged to enter the 2016 Robert Stephenson Awards.

The awards recognise and reward the talent within the region, showcasing the work produced by civil engineering contractors and designers from companies or organisations from across north east England.

There are three categories – projects valued less and greater than £4m, as well as the small project section for those less than £500,000.

Projects considered outstanding may receive a special award at the discretion of the judges.

Any submissions must be entered by Friday, January 22, 2016. However, notification of intent to enter must be received by Friday, December 18, 2015.

Derek Smith, awards scheme secretary, said: “The Robert Stephenson Awards are always a great celebration of North East civil engineering, but 2016 will be extra special as we also mark the ICE’s 125th year in the region.

“One of the key roles of the ICE is to celebrate and promote the industry and the achievements of those within it, and this is a fantastic opportunity for those involved in the sector to get involved in doing that, by highlighting their successes.”

More information can be found at www.ice.org.uk/near-you/uk/north-east/awards/robert-stephenson-awards

Elsewhere, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East is holding a competition for school children.

Teams of Year 8 and 9 students from schools across the region can enter the competition, which challenges them to create an advert to promote civil engineering as a career.

The winning team, which will be chosen at a finalists’ event at New College Durham next May, will get £500 for their school and a £50 gift voucher for each team member.

Penny Marshall, director of ICE North East said: “We are facing a shortage of civil engineers across the UK, including in the north east, so we’re asking the region’s young people to help us to inspire more people to join our profession.

“ICE North East celebrates its 125th birthday next year, by reaching out to a new generation we can ensure that the North East has the skills it needs to tackle the challenges of the next 125 years.”

Entries can take the form of a poster, video commercial, video interview, comic or any other innovative idea, providing it can be uploaded to the competition website.

Full details can be found at www.ice.org.uk/north-east/125-inspire