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Arup wins communications prize

ICE news

ARUP ENGINEERS stormed to victory in the fi nal round of the NCE Communications Competition held at Civils 2005 in London last month.

The Parsons Brinckerhoff/ Northern Ireland Road Services team came second and Peter Brett Associates third.

The final was the culmination of months of regional heats, with the three final teams each presenting a scheme for the redevelopment of a fictitious area of east London to an audience posing as concerned and sometimes hostile residents.

On the site were a rundown greyhound stadium, a disused gasworks and underused allotments. The teams had to explain the developer's plans for facilities for the 2012 Olympics that would be built in their place.

The judging panel for the competition was made up of two members of the International Federation of Municipal Engineers - consultant Neil Buchan, and the chief executive of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Chris Champion, plus NCE editor Antony Oliver.

The judges praised all three teams for managing heckling from audience members posing as disgruntled allotment owners, greyhound racing enthusiasts and other local residents.

The winning team from Arup was commended for the way it handled the often rowdy crowd by offering sympathetic solutions to their concerns about the development.

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