2021 Winners and Highly Commended

Congratulations to all our 2021 Winners and Highly Commended which are listed below. You can also now view your interactive Highways Awards 2021 Review document online here complete with videos of all the winners!

Judges' Special Merit Award

At the end of the judging process each year, the judges review all the entries which have impressed them the most. They consider the benefits to society as a whole, the improved safety to all road users or workers and the positive impact on the industry. The one entry for 2021 which stood out and was awarded the Judges' Special Merit was:

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd for the UK's First Carbon Neutral Highway Scheme - A590 M6 J6 Brettargh Holt Improvement. The judges said, "The winner of this year's special merit award stood out because of its rigour and prescience, setting a new benchmark in the increasingly vital challenge of decarbonisation. From concept, to planning and delivery, this project achieved excellence in sustainability and provided best practice that could help stimulate innovation across the entire sector."

Apprentice of the Year Award

The Award for Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) - is awarded to an individual working in the highways industry for the first time who has made a considerable contribution in the workplace. The individual will have been committed to successfully achieving a personal challenge which he/she has been working towards in their place of work with a view to progressing his/her career development. Candidates can be from a formal apprenticeship or a side step into a new area of work or new to the industry at any level.


Balfour Beatty, Ella Northey

Highly Commended

Milestone Infrastructure, Alex Reid

Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry

The Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry - sponsored by Traffex Parkex 2022 - is awarded to an organisation or local authority which can demonstrate that they have or are making a significant improvement to the highways industry through the implementation of new technology, this could be new software, innovative equipment or an ITS solution. The technology should have been deployed or have been on test for at least 12 months prior to entry with clear evidence of its benefits by deployment on one or multiple schemes.


Balfour Beatty VINCI JV working on behalf of National Highways, M4 Junction 3-12 motorway upgrade

Highly Commended

Carnell, High Density Array Ground Probing Radar (HDAGPR) Surveys

Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector Award

The Award for Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector - sponsored by TotalEnergies Marketing UK Limited, Bitumen Division - is awarded to an organisation, highway authority or partnership that is able to demonstrate consideration of environmental issues within a project. The project should improve sustainability in the highway environment such as: carbon footprint reduction; local environmental benefits; sustainable material use; reduction of CO2 plus involve community liaison and consultation.


Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, UK’s First Carbon Neutral Highway Scheme - A590 M6 J6 Brettargh Holt Improvement (September – December 2020)

Highly Commended

Transport Scotland, Carbon Management Plan: LED replacement Efficiency Project

Highway Industry Product of the Year Award

The Highway Industry Product of the Year - sponsored by Transport Network - is awarded to the organisation, which has brought a product or service to the market that has initiated a ‘’change of thought’’ approach or technique which has made an impact on the highways industry through sustainability, efficiency, and cost savings for example. The product must have been developed and made available for use in the highways industry within the last three years.


Highway Care, Kier Highways, National Highways, FALCON Automated Cone Laying Machine

Highly Commended

Indra, DAS / DTS

Highway Partnership Award

The Highway Partnership Award - sponsored by WJ - is awarded to an organisation or highway authority that has driven or can demonstrate a collaborative approach designed to increase the benefits for society or its local community. This should be demonstrated by key performance indicators which test the robustness of the partnership and the positive outcomes.


SMP Alliance, The SMP Alliance

Highly Commended

VolkerHighways, Medway Highways Infrastructure Contract

Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award

The Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award - sponsored by Highway Care - is awarded to a team, partnership or local authority highway maintenance service which has developed and implemented a transformational approach to service delivery, resulting in service improvement, measurable cost efficiencies and enhanced customer satisfaction. Open to all organisations in the highways sector, regardless of their level of engagement with HMEP.


Kier Highways Ltd Area 4, Kier Highways Ltd Area 4 - Blockades

Lifetime Achievement

This award is for someone who has dedicated their life to the Highways Sector and whose passion, leadership, innovation and team work has made and continues to make a major positive impact to the Highways Sector.


WSP, Matthew Lugg OBE

Major Project Award

The Major Project Award - sponsored by Highways magazine - is awarded to the team responsible for the successful delivery of a major project - i.e. bridge construction, highway widening, by-pass or junction improvements, establishment of a control centre or similar, taking into consideration time, costs, environmental impact, stakeholder involvement, feedback and user satisfaction. The project value needs to be above £5 million and should have started two years prior to entering the awards.


A63 Murdoch's Connection, National Highways, Tilbury Douglas, Arup, Faithful+Gould

Highly Commended

Costain, Highways England, Jacobs, A19 Testo's Junction

Mental Health and Well-being in the Highways Sector

This award - sponsored by mental health charity MIND - celebrates employers that take a joined-up approach to supporting employee mental health and wellbeing and strive to embed best practice across their organisation.


Atkins, Changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace

Road Enhancements and Marking Project of the Year Award

The Road Enhancements and Marking Project of the Year - sponsored by Highways Jobs - is awarded to an organisation or highway authority, including joint submissions with the client. This award considers any scheme or project, which has influenced collision reduction or network efficiency by making significant enhancements to the road environment, including road markings, studs, barriers and signage as a substantial part of the scheme.


WJ Group, Operation Brock

Road Safety Scheme of the Year Award

The Road Safety Scheme of the Year - sponsored by SRL Traffic Systems - is awarded to an organisation which has introduced a scheme or project where through whatever means, such as innovation, design, use of relevant technology or brought about change in public attitude, has influenced a demonstrable reduction in road casualty statistics. This applies to a reduction or potential reduction in cycling accidents, pedestrian accidents or better safety measures for disabled road users, as well as drivers.


Balfour Beatty, Atkins, National Highways, A19 Norton to Wynyard Improvement Scheme

Highly Commended

SWARCO TRAFFIC Ltd, Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland, Safer Routes to School

Site Safety Initiative Award

The Site Safety Initiative Award - sponsored by Shell Bitumen - is awarded to any organisation for a new initiative, development or scheme to raise awareness of the dangers facing personnel whilst working in the highways environment. This can be achieved through the use of new technology and/or worker/driver education and training to demonstrate improved health & safety awareness.


Connect Plus working in Partnership with Steve Perkins Associates, Healthier Highways on the M25

Steve Berry Highways Authority Innovation Award

The Highways Authority Innovation Award - sponsored by Mott MacDonald - is named in honour and memory of the late Steve Berry. It will be given to the authority that best demonstrates whose approach and innovation has allowed them to develop a project or scheme that delivers measurable and sustainable benefits to the community and the authority. - The qualities that made Mr Berry so admired across this industry.


Connect Plus Services, Connect Plus, Atkins and Accent, The Customer Experience

Highly Commended

nmcn, Grey to Green Phase 2

Team of the Year Award

The Team of the Year - sponsored by Clearview Intelligence - is awarded to a team of employees which has undertaken exceptional work within the public or private sector to improve/sustain the outputs or efforts of their organisation, over and above their general working activities. The award will recognise innovative and professional achievement that has had considerable impact on the organisation such as cost savings, team building, efficiency or safety.


Highways England, National Resilience & Security Team: COVID-19 pandemic response

Highly Commended

National Highways, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, A19 Norton to Wynyard Improvement Scheme

National Highways, Project Reditus / Judicatio

Winter Maintenance Award

The New Award for Winter Service Project in the Highways Sector - sponsored by the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG) - is awarded to an organisation, highway authority or partnership that is able to demonstrate the most significant improvement in the service, for example improved resilience, reduced cost or lower claims, through the application of NWSRG guidance.


Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Partnership Working (winter resilience volunteer groups)