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2-4 June 2020

Telford International Centre, UK

2019 Awards Categories

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDS ARE NOW CLOSED. ENTRANTS WILL KNOW WHETHER THEY HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED BY FRIDAY 22nd MARCH AND THE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE FLOOD & COAST DINNER ON 19th JUNE 2019.

Programme and Project Delivery (A project to be proud of)  

Projects, or programmes of work, nominated in this category are able to demonstrate best practice for efficient operational delivery and explain the benefits provided. Submissions can include demonstrating technical excellence, exemplary project or programme management or collaborative working across organisations. It can also include identifying and implementing new ways of meeting challenges to deliver projects quicker, more safely or more efficiently.

Community Partnership (Delivering more together)

This category recognises excellent local partnerships to enhance community level action in flood and coastal risk management. It recognises those individuals or groups that inspire others that bring about long term change. The judges will be keen to see testimonials from relevant partners and communities that support this entry.

Excellent Asset Management (Doing the routine brilliantly)

Recognising excellence in routine maintenance and emergency works to existing assets whilst building local resilience to future climate impacts (e.g. embankments, pumping stations, barrages, river and channel maintenance works, coastal defences, water control structures, culverts and pipes, NFM, SuDs and surface water systems) 

Innovative Approaches (Bright ideas)

Demonstrating innovative and efficient new approaches or solutions to meet our current and future challenges using academic research, hydraulic modelling or data analysis / presentation. The category can include new techniques and tools to improve FCERM delivery or providing evidence to support decision making in the future. 

Sustainability (How small is your footprint)

An award for the team or individual whose action and ambition has gone the extra mile to help create a better place for people and wildlife. Nominations in this category should demonstrate how they have managed resources sustainably, including evidence of measures for carbon reduction, use of resources and materials, effective management of waste and routine operational and end-of-life considerations. Projects may include surface water/Suds/NFM elements.

NEW! Building Climate Adaptation & Resilience (Planning approaches to future climate impacts)

This category recognises projects that showcase resilience to the impact of extreme weather and climate change on people, properties and business. It can include innovative projects or actionable ideas that provide solutions to targeted climate change challenges. Projects can demonstrate how their decisions have taken account of water whilst supporting sustainable growth include those with an impact on the economy, infrastructure or transport. 

International Excellence 

Projects in this category should demonstrate an approach that is not currently mainstream in the UK. Submissions should include how the approach could be reproduced and can include techniques, skills development or inspiring young people.


The following awards are your opportunity to nominate someone you work with, or celebrate a member of your teams achievements and hard work, with colleagues from across the flood family. Nominations should be made in writing by e-mail to FloodandCoast@environment-agency.gov.uk by 28th February 2019 detailing the reasons for the nomination in no more than 250 words. Individuals should not nominate themselves.

NEW! Inspirational role model

This award is to recognise an individual who through their actions and achievements has inspired their peers. They are a positive role model who has lead the way to help others develop and as a result have enriched the lives of others. The award will be presented by someone who inspires others with their perseverance, talent, generosity and commitment.

NEW! Rising Star 

This year we will be launching a new award for individuals, in the FCRM sector, who are within the first 5 years of their career. These individuals will have taken a key role in contributing to any of the wider categories above and have demonstrated their ability to exceed expectations. This award is not limited to age or educational background. 

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