Following two years where the event has sold out, this year’s IHE Mercia awards evening was held at a new venue with the Holiday Inn Birmingham chosen as the new home of the awards. The decision to move the awards was met with approval from those who attended. This year saw a record attendance with over 160 attending on the night.
The entries submitted this year were strong with the judges expressing comment on the quality of the submissions for this year which shows that the awards evening continues to grow in stature amongst working in the highways industry with several new companies entering for the first time.
Following a welcome note by Nick Newton of the Mercia Branch the guests were addressed by IHE President Tony Kirby who proceeded to promote how the IHE was going from strength to strength with increased numbers in both membership and those seeking to undertake their professional qualifications. He also mentioned a few IHE initiatives in terms of the Virtual academy and the new routes for Eng Tech and CEng. The guests were then entertained by Graham Jolly who is a well-known Mentalist/Magician.
The awards ceremony then started with the winners announced via a live twitter feed and facebook updates. The first recipients were for the winners of the individual awards with those who had submitted the best submissions. The winners were:
William Painter – Best Eng Tech
Yvonne Williams – Best IEng
Nick Newton – Best CEng
The awards then focused on the projects submitted for each category with the following winners:
Environment & Sustainability
Safety & Innovation
Hotbox Carriageway Repairs – Kier
A38(M) Maintenance Scheme Challenge – Kier Highways; Highways England; and the Area 9 Delivery Partners
Oswestry Greenway Walking and Cycle Route – Mouchel, Shropshire CC & Cambrian Heritage Railways
Ferry Bridge Restoration – Amey/Staffordshire CC
The evening proved a great success and next year’s event is already booked and details of how to enter or attended will be released very shortly.
Photographs of the event will be available to download shortly via our Mercia facebook page and also on our LinkedIn page.