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13 Oct 2020 - 14 Apr 2021

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8-10 December 2020

Telford International Centre, UK

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 Flood & Coast Excellence Awards 2021

In the coming weeks, we will be opening the nomination period for the Flood & Coast Excellence Awards 2021. More information on the categories and nomination process will be shared. 

The 2021 categories are:

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 Flood & Coast Excellence Awards 2020

Flood & Coast Excellence Awards 2020 winners


The Environment Agency’s prestigious Flood & Coast Excellence Awards (previously known as the Project Excellence Awards) recognise and celebrate work that manages flood and coastal risk, builds local flood resilience and takes action on climate change. The diverse range of submissions we receive each year demonstrate real-life examples of what’s possible when we apply teamwork, creativity and professionalism to meet the challenges we face across the flood and coastal erosion risk management sector. The nomination period was open from February – April 2020 and we received close to 100 high-quality entries.


Judging process:

Nominations are reviewed by a group of first-round judges, made up of subject-matter experts from across the Environment Agency, to identify and shortlist the top five submissions in each category. The three highest-scoring of these entries move on as finalists to be assessed further by a final judging panel, who review all the evidence provided and decide on winners. The independent judging panel is made up of esteemed representatives from across government, the private sector and academia to ensure that the judging process is balanced and fair.


Online ceremony:

This year’s Flood & Coast Excellence Awards ceremony will be streamed online as a pre-recorded video on 9th December 2020 at 10:35am. The ceremony video will present all of the finalist entries and announce the winners in each category, including the additional Women in FCERM awards and Investment Business Case Excellence award.

All shortlisted and finalist entries will receive a certificate and the winners will also receive a beautiful trophy made of sustainable materials. More details on how to join the online awards ceremony will be shared soon.



Climate Resilient Places

This award recognises innovative efforts to improve place-based resilience to the impacts of extreme weather on communities, infrastructure and assets.


• flood and coastal defences built to withstand the impacts of extreme weather;

• changes to land management practices that improve resilience and adaptation to climate change;

• natural or nature-based flood management; and/or

• spatial planning, buildings and infrastructure resilient to flood risk.


Marine Parade - A Resilient Railway | Arup and Network Rail


Our City Our River - Derby | Galliford Try, Black & Veatch JV, Derby City Council, Environment Agency, Trent & Peak Archaeology and North Midland Construction


Creating a Mangrove Based Economy through Building with Nature | EcoShape and Wetlands International



Resilience in the City - Mayfield Proposal | Faithful and Gould

Community Led Natural Flood Management | Slow The Flow

Coastal Management

This award recognises innovative, sustainable approaches to protecting and managing coastal zones and developing adaptation strategies that promote their long-term resilience.


  • designing new or managing existing natural coastal areas that provide habitat for wildlife and enhance people's enjoyment;
  • developing more sustainable approaches to coastal business and industry, including aquaculture and tourism;
  • coastal defence schemes that deliver wider benefits to the local economy; and/or
  • using other creative ways to adapt to coastal change.


Protecting life and livelihoods at West Bay on the Jurrasic Coast | Jacobs, Environment Agency and BAM Nuttall


Automated nearshore monitoring for long-term coastal management and increased resilience | Wyre Council and Marlan Maritime Technologies


Creating a Mangrove Based Economy through Building with Nature | EcoShape and Wetlands International



Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme | Scarborough Borough Council, Royal HaskoningDHV and Balfour Beatty

North Portsea Island Phase 3 - New coastal defences in Tipner Lake | Havant Borough Council, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and Knight Brown


Community Partnerships

This award recognises effective local partnerships that encourage and enhance community-level participation in managing flood and coastal risk.



  • collaborative working among organisations with a responsibility for flood and coastal risk management and representatives of communities at risk;
  • community flood action and flood volunteer groups; and/or
  • community-led flood and coastal erosion schemes.


WaterUp - Global rural resilience through digitally-enabled water upskilling | Arup and The Flow Partnership


Milton Keynes Council - Independent Flood Review | AECOM and Milton Keynes Council


Community Led Natural Flood Management | Slow The Flow



Godalming Flood Alleviation Scheme | Environment Agency, TVO Mackley, Capita, Mott MacDonald, Godalming Flood Group and Surrey County Council

Ruislip - Park Wood and Pinn Meadows Flood Partnership | Ruislip Woods Management Advisory Group, London Borough of Hillingdon, North Ruislip Flood Action Group, Brook Drive and Evelyn Avenue Flood Action Group and Environment Agency

Digital Excellence

This award recognises the innovative use of digital solutions or technologies in flood risk management or improved approaches to modelling flood hazards and communicating risk to the public, partners and incident responders.  


  • using new or improved tools or methods in flood hazard modelling, mapping and forecasting;
  • using digital tools to communicate flood risk;
  • developing digital solutions that improve the efficiency or effectiveness of flood risk management activities; and/or
  • using new approaches to digital collaboration with partners and incident responders 


Development of 2D pluvial flood modelling for the United States of America | Atkins North America


Humber2100+: Using automation and visualisation to understand the estuary and work together to plan its future | Jacobs and Environment Agency


Walking through the Estuary – making point clouds and spherical imagery openly accessible | TEAM2100



Digital tools to enable efficient design of catchment-scale natural flood management | Arup and Environment Agency


Life-saving cell broadcast technology | Defra and Environment Agency


Inspirational person

This award recognises an individual in the flood and coastal risk management community, whether just beginning their career or already highly experienced, who has inspired others this year. 



  • leaders who act as an excellent role model, setting high standards and championing others;
  • those who have promoted a culture of diversity and inclusive working; and/or
  • young people who are challenging the status quo or energising their professional community.


Jack Southon | Capita


Fay Bull | AECOM


Frances Fox | UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN)



Sarah Loughrey | Jacobs


Stewart Newby | VolkerStevin

International Excellence 

This award recognises world-class practices and approaches to managing flooding and coastal erosion that are not currently mainstream in the UK and from which we can learn or those that the UK shows outstanding leadership in. 


  • technical excellence in delivering flood risk management and managing coastal change;
  • emerging international thinking and research on flood and coastal risk management issues; and/or
  • effective partnerships, engagement or shared learning between countries.


International Excellence Finalists: WaterUp - Global rural resilience through digitally-enabled water upskilling | Arup and The Flow Partnership


Bacton to Walcott Sandscaping: working with nature to adapt to coastal change | North Norfolk District Council, Environment Agency, Van Oord UK and Royal HaskoningDHV


Creating a Mangrove Based Economy through Building with Nature |EcoShape and Wetlands International


Hyndburn Windfarm Moor Re-wetting | Capita and Energiekontor

Research into global opportunities for the UK FCRM supply chain | AECOM and UK Export Finance



Surface Water Management

This award recognises cutting-edge, sustainable approaches to protecting and managing surface water that reduce the risk of flooding and improve adaptation to climate change.


  • innovative drainage systems;
  • capturing surface water to recharge aquifers and support groundwater resources; and/or
  • changing land use practices and developing surface water management techniques that provide multiple benefits.


Killingworth & Longbenton Surface Water Management | Northumbrian Water, Esh-Stantec, North Tyneside Council and Environment Agency


WaterUp - Global rural resilience through digitally-enabled water upskilling | Arup and The Flow Partnership


Better, Greener Flood Defences for Stockport | AECOM



Sewer Flow Regulation System | Radio Data Networks Limited

Pastures Way FAS | Flood Risk Management Team at Luton Borough Council



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