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Hampshire engineers win ICE Communications Competition

A team of engineers from Hampshire County Council have won ICE’s annual Communications Competition, ahead of two groups from Arup’s Cardiff and Manchester branches.

After a series of gruelling rounds in which the teams had to deliver reports and presentations on various challenges, the final task involved a 20 minute role play on a new scheme at a mock community relations meeting.

Each team then had to field questions from the judging panel, made up of communications professionals and chaired by the past president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Lionel Zetter.

The Hampshire engineers, Andrew Tiffen, Sarah Reghif, James Studley and Derek Osborne, clinched the victory after impressing the judges with their communication and public involvement skills.

Zetter said: "In the final, the team from Hampshire demonstrated a clear understanding of the brief and real empathy with the audience."

The top prize was £500, with second place Arup Cardiff bagging £300 and third place Arup Manchester getting £200.

This year’s competition is already underway and more information can be found on ICE’s website.

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