Get the recognition your work deserves.
Free to enter for any organisation working in the sector.
Entries can be submitted by anyone whether a CIHT member or not.
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.
There is no obstacle to enter. It is free to enter and you do not have to be a CIHT member to enter. There are no trick questions. No project too big or too small and we welcome entries from any location.
Start your entry today.
To support your entries we have developed this guide which includes advice from
the judges, award category descriptions, criteria and eligibility to boost your
chance of success.
Entries Open - 8 January 2024
Deadline for Entries - Extended to 11 March 2024
Shortlist announced - 23 April 2024
Awards Evening (Bookings for tables will be open soon) - 13 June 2024 - Venue: 8 Northumberland Ave WC2N 5BY,
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.
The Collaboration Award recognises the importance of effective relationships with other organisations and/or sectors to deliver real solutions and recognises those that have shown dedication to working in collaboration.
We expect collaboration to be between different organisations within the highways and transportation sector.
Entrants will explain how collaborative working added value to the project outcomes and what role it played in enhancing relationships and engagement. Submissions should focus on the key activities undertaken to stimulate and promote collaboration, the methods and practices adopted, and the outcomes achieved.
Entries can be single projects and schemes or wider programmes of work and strategies to support and improve collaboration
This award recognises how outstanding design and implementation of schemes in towns, cities and rural areas improve the places around them and create places for people.
This award recognises those schemes or projects that have created new places or altered existing places and have demonstrated how the changes have met the following objectives:
When scoring, judges will be looking at how the entry demonstrates sustainable places, inclusive design, active travel, resilience, green and blue infrastructure, or other relevant areas. Therefore, it is important to highlight any of these components in your entry.
This award recognises projects, schemes, products, and strategies that can demonstrate the delivery of a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The judging of this award will look for examples of reduction arising from the movement of people and goods or from design, construction, operation & maintenance, and decommissioning of transport infrastructure.
The entry can also address how the initiative’s implementation has also delivered wider financial, economic, and social benefits.
The entry must show that the organisation has provided leadership and vision in taking climate action.
Examples of entries (but not limited to):
CIHT believes in working towards equality, diversity and inclusion in the transportation sector. A sector that truly represents the wider community that we serve enables us to deliver the best solutions to the challenges we face.
This award recognises employers or individuals that have implemented (or been involved in) an EDI (Equality, Diversity, Inclusion) initiative of merit.
The overall judging will consider how the EDI initiative has been implemented, what steps have been taken in its creation and the measures used to monitor meaningful progress, including strong evidence of:
The EDI initiative should have made a positive contribution to the organisation, industry and society. The judges will also be looking for how well the initiative(s) have been embedded in the organisation and evidence of culture change. As there has been a positive shift beyond a business case level of understanding of EDI, entries should focus on specific initiatives rather than high level and general EDI strategies.
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 both small and large schemes projects that have showcased civil engineering in the best way possible. The judges will be looking for entries that can demonstrate how the infrastructure brings public benefit, as well as clear demonstration of how social value is embedded in the scheme.
Entries can include (but not limited to):
This award looks to recognise those individuals in the sector that have demonstrated professionalism in the work that they do. Entrants will demonstrate how they maintain and develop professional ethical expertise and deliver a safe and effective service for all.
This will be awarded to a member of CIHT who has shown awareness of and engagement with the issues facing the sector and through their actions as a role model has delivered positive change for the profession and society. The award is a celebration of the successful role models progressing the profession through professionalism and innovative thinking.
This award looks to recognise an outstanding piece of research in the highways and transportation sector and looks to improve the industry by addressing a specific problem. The research project should have outlined clear targets, with structured research methods and be a unique piece of work that has been well communicated to the wider sector.
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.
This award recognises projects, schemes, products, or strategies delivered or developed by the highways and transportation industry that can demonstrate a contribution to sustainable development. The judges of this award will be looking for entries that show a clear commitment to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s) and demonstrate environmental benefits with either a global or local impact.
Example UN Sustainable Development Goals include (but not limited to):
This award is aimed at celebrating the achievements of teams who have demonstrated professionalism and have been able to adapt and work effectively under the challenges posed in the Highways and Transportation sector. Entries are welcome from the public, third, private and education sector. The team should comprise of 5 or more persons and must operate within the highways and transportation sector. We expect the team to be working for a single organisational entity.
Entries must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
This award recognises innovation in the industry, such as new technology, products, processes, and services that have impacted an organisation, industry and 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.
The entry could explain how the innovation has contributed to (but not limited to):
The National Bus Strategy created the Bus Centre of Excellence (BCoE), funded and co-sponsored by the Department for Transport, enabling the delivery of a long-term programme of activities and support to the bus sector. In partnership with the DfT, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and delivers the BCOE, working closely with sector stakeholders to deliver an asset that is run by the industry for the industry..
This award acknowledges an individual's exceptional contribution within the bus transportation sector. The winner of the Bus person of the Year Award will be invited to join the Bus centre of Excellence’s Advisory Board for a year.
This award recognises outstanding initiatives within the field of bus transportation that have made a significant positive impact in England. Initiatives can range from innovative technology implementations to strategic planning and community engagement.
All entry submissions must be made online via the online entry portal.
Links to the online entry panel will be added to the CIHT Award Pages from 11am 8 January 2024.
Submissions must be made in English only.
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