The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has announced the nominees for its 2017 Robert Stephenson Awards, which recognise engineering excellence in North East infrastructure projects.

Twelve projects from across Tyneside, Teesside, Northumberland, Washington and Hartlepool were nominated across three categories.

Projects with a value of more than £4 million are eligible for the large category, those with a value between £0.5 million and £4 million can be entered into the medium category, and the small category applies to those under £0.5 million.

Last year the large projects category was won by the Crag End Landslip Stabilisation project, which provided a stable foundation for the reconstruction of a 300m section of the B6344 near Rothbury in Northumberland, which was rendered impassable by a landslip in late 2012.

The winners of the awards will be announced at ICE North East’s Annual Dinner on April 27thand presented by the Institution’s President, Professor Tim Broyd.

The dinner and awards ceremony, which is sponsored by CDM Recruitment, form part of Prof. Broyd’s ‘President’s Visit’ to the North East, where he will visit a number of important civil engineering projects and education schemes in the region, including the new Wear crossing in Sunderland.

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: “The standard of the nominations for the 2017 Robert Stephenson Awards was very high. I would like to thank all the nominees for taking the time to put forward an entry and helping to raise the profile of the profession. Our judges have had to make some tough choices to decide the winners.

“There are thousands of civil engineers in the North East who work every day to design, improve and maintain the infrastructure that we all rely on, from apprentices starting their first jobs, to senior engineers, business leaders and academics at the top of their fields. These awards are a great opportunity to highlight the work they do and the positive impact it has on our lives.”