CIHT Awards

CIHT Awards 2021

Entry for the 2021 Awards is now closed.


Shortlists announced from 19 April 2021 Onwards - See shortlists announced so far below


Discover who wins at the CIHT Awards Ceremony on 29 June 2021

The last 12 months have raised many unprecedented challenges for the sector. Join us to share best practice, benchmark work and celebrate the game changers, the brightest talent and hidden heroes of the sector who kept things moving, overcame the challenges and continue to raise standards whatever the circumstances.

The event is free and will be streamed live, so you'll be the first to know who's work has made it to the top stage and receives this year's prestigious CIHT Award.

Don't miss out and secure your place today.

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At a Glance

The CIHT Awards is an annual global competition that provides the work you are most proud of with the international recognition it deserves. The awards celebrate your innovative work, what it takes to be the best and the incredible benefits your work and the highways and transportation sector bring to society.

Your role is to produce incredible work, our role is to celebrate best practice, promote your professionalism and give it the biggest stage.

We ensure there is no obstacle to enter. Free to enter, no project too big or too small, any location and judged by impartial expert judges with a diversity of experience and opinion.


Transport Scotland has been involved in The CIHT Awards for a number of years and our previous awards have given us the opportunity to gain recognition for some of the projects and work we are particularly proud of. The awards are a fantastic way to showcase our work across the industry, learn from each other and stay up to date with best practice. Our involvement in the awards helps us to drive innovation and, together, celebrate the positive impact the transport sector can have on our society.

Roy Brannen, Chief Executive of Transport Scotland

The value of our sector has truly been proven over the past 12 months. The CIHT Annual Awards provide the perfect opportunity to highlight the efforts of our teams working in partnership to continue to keep the country moving, in spite of the challenges. I look forward to these Awards as a marker of our achievements as a sector – pushing standards for us all to aspire to.

Scott Wardrop, Chief Executive, Ringway



Key Dates

Launch/Open for entries - 11 January 2021

Deadline for entries – *Extended* Friday 19 March 2021 

Shortlist announced – w/c 19 April 2021

Winners announced - 29 June 2021


Greater Relevance and Even More Impact

The CIHT Awards have evolved to ensure the issues that the sector faces and the areas where the sector needs to excel are addressed. CIHT have ensured that focus is given to these areas and that they will resonate even more with your audiences.


Categories at a Glance

CIHT Ringway Climate Change Award

This award recognises projects, schemes, products or strategies delivered or developed by the highways and transportation industry that can demonstrate a contribution to sustainable working practices, that have mitigated climate change through carbon reduction and that have created environmental benefits with either a global or local impact.


CIHT Collaboration Award

This award recognises those that have shown dedication to working in collaboration with other teams, organisations and/or sectors to deliver real solutions. Entrants will explain how collaborative working added value to the project outcomes and what role it played in enhancing relationships and engagement.


CIHT Creating Better Places Award

This award recognises how outstanding design and implementation of schemes in our towns and cities improve the places around them and create places for people. The panel will be looking for schemes that enhance their neighbourhoods, integrate with communities and are inclusive. The overall judging will consider transport planning, design, construction, sustainability, accessibility, safety and wellbeing. 


CIHT Employer of the Year Award

This award recognises employers that have made an outstanding effort in engaging with their employees and the wider sector. The overall judging will consider how investing in people through health and wellbeing, skills and training and diversity and inclusion initiatives have made a positive contribution to the company, industry and society. The judges will also be looking for how well the initiative(s) have been embedded in the organisation.  


CIHT Engineering Award

This award recognises exceptional engineering solutions that have delivered creative and resilient infrastructure. From good asset management and maintenance to the construction of bridges, tunnels and other civil engineering infrastructure, this award recognises schemes or projects that have showcased civil engineering in the best way possible and moved the profession forward. The judges will be looking for entries that can demonstrate how they have delivered positive outcomes for the benefit of the public.   


CIHT Healthy Transport Award

This award recognises the contribution of transport to the health of the population. Entries must focus on improving walking, cycling or public transport and recognise how outstanding design and implementation of schemes in our towns and cities improve the places around them and contribute to improving our health.  


CIHT Autodesk Innovation of the Year Award

This award recognises innovation in the industry, this could be in terms of research, technology, products, processes and services that have impacted the organisation, industry and/or society positively. The innovation can apply to any aspect of the highways and transportation sector. Judging will consider the national and international impact of the entry and how applicable it is across the highways and transportation industry.


CIHT International Award

This award recognises outstanding examples of developing highways and transportation services or infrastructure from outside the UK and Ireland which have made major contributions to communities and society. The overall judging will consider whether they have been sustainable, contributed to the economy and a healthy and inclusive society. 


CIHT Road Safety Award

The Road Safety Award, in memory of John Smart, recognises outstanding achievements which improve road user safety through excellent practice, design and technical application. The award welcomes both technical and educational/training/publicity projects, which can demonstrate the quantifiable effects of the project either through measurement, monitoring or description. Road safety initiatives, schemes or products that contribute to casualty reduction are welcomed for this award, particularly where they provide outputs that can be widely applied. 


CIHT Team of the Year Award

This award is aimed at celebrating the achievements of teams who have been able to adapt and work effectively under the challenges posed during COVID-19 in the Highways and Transportation sector. The award will be based on how well the entry meets the criteria below and how the entry demonstrates the values of CIHT. 


CIHT Transport Planning Award

This award recognises the value of transport planning in achieving positive outcomes for the benefit of the public, in creating new communities or on reducing the adverse impact of transport on communities e.g. as set out by the principles of CIHT’s Better Planning, Better Transport, Better Places advice.



Further Reasons to Enter

  • With 12 categories from Healthy Transport to International Award there is an award that best represents your organisations achievements and gives you a platform to tell your story
  • Receive independent recognition of your achievement by some of the most respected professionals in the sector which makes winning a fantastic accomplishment
  • Enhance your brand reputation as the award provides a sign of quality for potential clients, strategic transport bodies and investors
  • Showcase your work and brand to a global audience of current leaders, decision makers and the future leaders of the sector
  • Stand out from the crowd with amazing PR opportunities
  • Being shortlisted and winning motivates staff, focuses attention on the incredible work the organisation is producing and enhances pride in the organisation
  • Winning an award will attract new talent

What Can You Enter

To enter this year’s awards, your work needs to have been live at some point between 1/1/2019 and 22/03/2021 and can address all 3 judging criteria (initiation, execution, evaluation).

All entrants must provide clear evidence of support for the entry.


How to Enter

Entry for each category is via the online forms

What should be included in an entry?

  • A high resolution, 300 dpi, version of your company logo
  • Your entry taking care not to exceed the word limit
  • A summary of the activity. The summary is what will appear on the website and promotional material if you are nominated. Tell people why your entry is so good and why it is worth further attention.
  • Supporting material: photographs, videos and/ or other graphic images that illustrate your entry in any way is encouraged
  • At least one photo or image provided should be in high resolution, 300 dpi, for potential reproduction in promotional material

Entry Rules

  1. You are the owner of all intellectual rights in your entry or have all necessary consents from all other owner(s) of intellectual rights in your entry.
  2. Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date.
  3. All submissions must be made online.
  4. All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules and submission formats.
  5. Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.
  6. The judges’ decision is final.
  7. Due to the number of entries received, we cannot give feedback on individual entries.
  8. By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to share, publish and otherwise use my entry in all media.
  9. The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
  10. The evidence contained in the submission must be correct and you can provide further details if required.


Do you want to align your organisation with the CIHT Awards and discover Supporter Opportunities as a Sector Champion?

This year CIHT would like to offer organisations the opportunity to step out from behind your brand. The transportation community needs to see you, hear you and understand you.

You need to inspire them to connect and engage.

Three package options have been created with this in mind and range from ‘Regular’ to 'Premier+'

Prices start at £2500 + vat


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