Winners of eighth annual Collaborate To Innovate awards unveiled

The winning projects for The Engineer’s eighth annual Collaborate To Innovate awards have been announced at a special awards event in central London.  

This year's C2I winners were unveiled at a ceremony at One Great George Street, Westminster.
This year's C2I winners were unveiled at a ceremony at One Great George Street, Westminster. - Colin Miller / The Engineer

UK-led engineering projects ranging from innovations in low carbon aviation and new recycling methods and to groundbreaking advances in energy sustainability and healthcare technology  were amongst the winners at The Engineer magazine’s eighth  annual Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) Awards, which reached its conclusion last night (Thursday 29th February) at a special awards event in Westminster.

Commenting on this year’s competition, editor of The Engineer Jon Excell said: “Yet again, the C2I awards has uncovered an incredible array of collaborative engineering projects, which between them provide a compelling reminder of the both the breadth of UK engineering expertise and the important role that engineers are playing in addressing some of the biggest challenges we face as a society.”


As in previous years, shortlisted projects provided a fascinating snapshot of the trends and technologies that are defining modern engineering with two themes in particular coming to the fore across all categories: the way in which the push for net zero is driving innovation and the increasingly sophisticated use of data to solve some of our most pressing problems.  

C2I finalists gather in the Great Hall at One Great George Street - Colin Miller / The Engineer


Neil Young, Global Engineering Capability Director at headline sponsor Babcock International, said: “ Each year we get to celebrate some of the most brilliant engineering and technology innovations from some of the brightest minds at the 2024 Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) Awards. Each year, the competition gets tougher, which demands even more innovation from entrants and demonstrates the growing importance engineering has on every aspect of our society. Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Collaborate to Innovate Awards from Babcock."

The winning projects are listed in below, and covered in detail in the March issue of The Engineer.

Aerospace & Defence

Retroflight Alpha (Future Flight Landing and Infrastructure - FFLP2)
Petalite with Vanti, Custom Interconnect Limited, Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands Aerospace Alliance, and ARC Aero Systems


Universal Battery Recycling System
Recyclus Group with University of Birmingham

Energy & Environment

Distributed ReStart
National Grid ESO with SP Energy Networks and TNEI Consultancy

Healthcare & Medical

The SMART Suit
Duchenne UK with Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK and The Inclusionaries Lab at The University of Liverpool

Information, Data & Connectivity

Innovative Pre-Straining Tools and BOFDA Technology assessment: A Transnational Leap in  infrastructure Monitoring
Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), University of Moratuwa, University of Oxford, Access Engineering, Laing O'rourke Centre - University of Cambridge, fibrisTerre Systems GmbH ,University of Qatar, Epsimon Ltd and WSP UK

Manufacturing Technology

A single-click automated manufacturing metrology demonstrator
Midlands Centre for Data-Driven Metrology (MCDDM) with Manufacturing Metrology Team. Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham; Loughborough University; Coventry University

Wild Card 

EMPHASIZING: Enhancing Material Properties of recycled glass fibres through SIZING
B&M Longworth with Gestamp UK, Ford UK, Gen 2 Plank Ltd, TWI, Brunel University London
and EMS Grivory

STEM Initiative

Powering the Future: South Tyneside and Beyond
South Tyneside Council with Dogger Bank Community Fund, Little Inventors, Ford Aerospace, Cell Pack Solutions, Ryder Architects, Port of Tyne and North Star Marine

Young Innovator

AutoMate - The chess board for everyone
Joseph Birch and Finley Stirk