A senior Atkins engineer has been awarded the Gold Medal at ICE’s annual Institutional Awards.
Atkins technical director and head of bridge engineering Chris Hendy has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, making a significant contribution.
The annual ICE Institutional Awards recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the civil engineering profession and the Institution.
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The Gold Medal, the Institution’s premier award, is presented for civil engineering excellence and goes to an individual whose sustained contribution to civil engineering over many years is of particular magnitude and stature.
Hendy said: “It’s unlikely that most people who use bridges give them a second thought. In most cases it’s taken for granted that they will simply provide a safe way to make your journey or connect what would otherwise be divided communities.
“But I know from experience the amount of planning, knowledge and expertise that engineers need to put into every individual structure to make sure this is the case.
“I’m incredibly proud to have been awarded the Gold Medal and hope it shines a spotlight on the fantastic, and often unrecognised work of our profession and the role we can play in enriching lives and communities around the world.”
Hendy has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, as well as writing three books on bridge design. He has worked on projects including the New Medway Bridge, the Penang Bridge and the Dubai Metro viaduct. Many of his projects have been internationally recognised.
Atkins’ Transportation managing director Philip Hoare, added: “Congratulations to Chris on this well-deserved award. He is a wonderful ambassador for Atkins and the wider engineering profession. Not only is he able to see many of the projects he’s helped deliver making a positive difference to society, he has dedicated significant amounts of his time to maintaining high standards and pushing the boundaries within his discipline, which benefits everyone.”