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People’s Choice Award polling gets underway

Lead story people's choice award jubilee pool 2017 winner

The ICE is inviting the public to vote for its People’s Choice Award, which celebrates the best civil engineering projects that have made a positive impact for their local communities.

The award was previously only open to projects in the UK, but this year the shortlist includes international schemes for the first time to mark the ICE’s bicentenary.

These include the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme in Hong Kong, which has restored the water quality of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, and the Nepal rural access programme whose infrastructure has improved the lives of the poorest people in remote areas of the country.

UK competitors include the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project in the North East, Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing and the Shieldhall sewer system; Yorkshire’s Tadcaster Bridge; and the Tate St Ives art gallery in the South West.

ICE director of UK regions Wendy Blundell said: “Civil engineering directly transforms people’s everyday lives and safeguards our future. The 2018 People’s Choice Award shortlist includes some of the finest examples of projects which have made a difference to their local community. It’s now up to the general public to decide their favourite and I would ask all members to support the competition, encouraging their friends and family to cast their vote.”

The full list of short listed projects can be found at www.ice.org.uk/peopleschoiceaward. Voting is open until 5pm on 28 September. All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Fitbit Charge 2.

There will be updates on social media using the #ICEPeopleschoice hashtag and the winner will be announced on 6 November.

In 2017, more than 16,000 people across the UK voted for one of their favourite civil engineering projects, with the top prize going to the Jubilee Pool restoration project in Penzance, Cornwall.

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