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East Midlands Presidents tour picks out merit

EAST MIDLANDS Merit Awards for 1998 were won by consultant Scott Wilson for work on the design of the Derby southern bypass and Lincolnshire County Council for its Sewell Road retaining wall in Lincoln.

Presentation of the certificates was made by ICE President Sir Alan Cockshaw at the annual dinner dance in Nottingham on 27 February following a busy two day tour of the East Midlands which had a major focus on education.

Cockshaw started at the University of Nottingham, meeting students and staff of the civil engineering department, then moved on the next day to Leicester University where he saw the plans for the National Space Science Centre.

Water and future resource strategy dominated the morning, with a visit to Severn Trent Waters River Trent abstraction scheme at Witches Oak near Derby where storage lakes have been created out of former quarries. At Little Eaton water treatment works Cockshaw saw the concluding stages of equipment installation as part of a 29M upgrade.

Witches Oak was described by Cockshaw as: a particularly imaginative scheme as it combines the abstraction of water for potable purposes from the River Trent with a sensitive treatment of environmental issues.

The key feature of this scheme is sustainability as it achieves a balance between water resources and environment, and the site will become a nationally important conservation area.

Over lunch the President experienced the contrast in engineering activity. Lunch was taken in a field at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell with the Military Works Force where Col Mike Reynolds discussed the way the work of the MWF could perhaps be combined with that of the RedR, engineers working in disaster relief.

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