Northern Regions Celebrate Outstanding Structural Engineering

Published: 01/08/2018

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the Northern Counties Regional Awards 2017. 

Institution members and guests gathered at the River Terrace Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art overlooking the iconic bridges of the River Tyne on Friday 23 February 2018 to enjoy an evening celebrating the fantastic people and projects of the Northern Counties Region.

Kim Inglis at Northern Counties AwardsKim Inglis

The Northern Counties Regional Awards 2017 and dinner evening was hosted by Kim Inglis, former television presenter, who also gave an educational and entertaining presentation called ‘The Seven Wonders of Cumbria’ which included places of particular interest to structural engineers. The Lindsay Hannon Plus provided evening entertainment with some delectable rendition of jazz music.

The Awards competition is held annually to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of individual structural engineers and teams based in the Northern Counties of England. The quality of the nominations received has been of a very high standard. The awards were given under three individual categories and four team/project categories. 

​David Ward, Head of Profession, Civil & Structural at Whessoe Oil & Gas was awarded for his Exceptional Contribution to Specialist Structures. David is an inspiration to his colleagues and other engineers given his decades long work in the design and construction of complex engineering structures such as the Refrigerated Gas Storage Tanks.

Michael Thomson at Northern Counties AwardsMichael Thompson (left) a Fellow of the Institution and Managing Partner at DTA Consulting Engineers LLP, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless service to the profession. Michael was awarded the Institution's Service Award in 2009.

On receiving his award, Michael Thompson said:

“I was delighted to receive the 2017 Northern Counties Lifetime Achievement Award, it was the icing on the cake after a long and happy association with the Institution and with structural engineering.”

The regional committee is very keen on supporting and acknowledging the commitment shown by young structural engineers and structural engineering technicians towards their beloved profession. The 2017 Best Technician Award and Young Engineer Award went to Christopher Rule and Simon Brent respectively. Incidentally, these two recipients work for the Newcastle team at WSP.

Some outstanding nominations were received under various team/project categories. While it was challenging to pick winners, the following demonstrated that additional level of finesse in their engineering expertise which made them the worthy winners.

Northern Counties Small ProjectsSmall Projects Award: The Georgian Theatre by BGP Consulting Engineers.

Northern Counties Large Project Award
Large Project Award
: The Beacon of Light by SHED.

Northern Counties Heritage Award 2017
Heritage/Regeneration Projects Award: Harsley Castle by Structural and Civil Consultants Ltd.

Northern Counties Sustainability AwardSustainability Award: Civic Centre Refurbishment by WSP.

The 2018 Northern Counties Regional Awards and dinner event will be held on Friday 30 November 2018 at the River Terrace Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. For information, please contact us.


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