Three engineers have been successful in the North East heat of Pitch 200, the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) international competition for engineers to explain their work to the public in the most engaging and creative way in only 200 seconds.

In front of a public audience at Coopers Studios in Newcastle, the engineers were successful in the Pitch 200 regional heat, which saw competitors bringing to life their chosen engineering concept, using props, presentations and anything their imaginations could conjure.

  • India Hutchinson, an MEng Civil Engineering Student at Teesside University, was the outright winner for her talk on taking inspiration from nature in civil engineering.
  • Mike Gardner, a retired civil engineer, came second with his presentation on the building of bridges using different techniques.
  • Barry Walmsley, a Civil and Structural Consulting Engineer, came third in the competition, with his pitch about constructing roof structures for a theatre in the round.

All three will go on to compete at the joint regional final, hosted by The One Show’s Marty Jopson, at The Bar Convent in York on Tuesday 15th May.

The ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair, who judged the competition as part of his first official visit to the North East, said: “I’ve enjoyed the Pitch 200 event enormously, we had six finalists faultlessly delivering their pitches and everyone did tremendously well. It was a hard job for the judges as each one of them gave a fitting representation of their field of expertise.”

Penny Marshall, the ICE’s regional director for the North East, said: “No one knows civil engineering better than those on the ground practising it, that’s what makes these talks so fascinating.

“Civil engineering is not widely understood by the public, even though it has a major and positive impact on people’s daily lives, from keeping the lights on to getting people to work on time. With Pitch 200, we’re challenging our members to see how creative they can be when sharing their passion for civil engineering and to explain clearly how it makes a difference for people around the world.

“All of the winners gave an imaginative and engaging presentation amid a tough field of talented and skilled competitors. I congratulate them on their well-deserved win and wish them the best of luck as they go on to represent the North East in the next round.”

The overall regional winners will compete against other regional winners from across the UK and around the world in the Pitch 200 Grand Finale in November 2018.

For more information on the inter-regional final, visit