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ICE awards celebrate flood defence scheme and sewage treatment project

The largest ever publicly funded coastal defence scheme and the UK’s first commercial scale anaerobic digestion plant to power a city’s main sewage treatment works are among this year’s prestigious ICE Awards winners.

The awards, which celebrate excellence in civil engineering and endeavor to promote those who have demonstrated a high level commitment to the profession, were held today at the ICE headquarters in Westminster.

“Some of the superb work of the recipients included the construction of an innovative new flood defence spanning 3.5km in Blackpool which will protect the community from floods for years to come, and a scheme that uses the digestion of maize to power the local sewerage works,” ICE President Peter Hansford said, presenting the awards.

“As the world changes, so must the way we plan, build and design infrastructure and the winners today are prime examples of the innovative thinking that we will need to see more of. These are significant achievements.”

The Institution Awards in full

Gold Medal: Adrian E Long in recognition of his significant contribution to civil engineering. Professor Long was appointed Queen’s University head of department 14 years after his graduation, which is an outstanding achievement. He is an author of over 200 technical publications and also the founder of Quest, a fund that provides scholarships to talented civil engineering students.

The Warren Medal: Robert James Hullis in recognition of his significant contribution to the East of England region. Hullis was integral and crucial in the amalgamation of the Anglia, Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire and Peterborough branches to form the East of England region back in 2003.

The Garth Watson Medal: John Denman McRobert in recognition of his dedicated and valuable services to the Institution over the last 20 years both nationally and in his own region. He has played significant roles in the development and delivery of engineering education and training, including the CPD debate, which led to the formation of the CPD panel, of which McRobert is a member.

Edmund Hambly Medal: Severn Trent for the Stoke Bardolph Energy Crop Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant in Nottingham. This technology uses the digestion of maize to produce biogas. It is the UK’s first AD plant at a commercial scale to help power the city’s main sewage treatment works. Since October 2010, the plant has continued to operate reliably and by March 2011, the plant had generated 7.4GWh, well ahead of the target of 6.4GWh.

International Medal: Ian Flower in recognition of his significant contribution towards the Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) scheme. Mr Flower has been the instigator, founder and prime mover of this project, which is a sub group of ICE Wales Cymru and is designed to assist in the development and training of engineers by challenging them to under take projects to improve public health through international partnerships with local people in developing countries.

Brunel Medal: Blackpool Central Area Coast Protection Scheme, Blackpool Awarded to Blackpool Council and the engineering team responsible for the delivery of Blackpool Central Area Coast Protection scheme. It has replaced the existing coastal defence along a 3.2km stretch between Blackpool’s North and South piers with new structures designed to enhance the standard of protection again coastal flooding and erosion. This scheme is the largest ever Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) funded coastal defence project in the UK.

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