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James Rennie Medal Award finalists announced

Three newly qualified civil engineers will fight it out next month to be named the Chartered Professional Review (CPR) candidate of the year in the 2009 James Rennie Medal Award final.

Faber Maunsell Aecom senior engineer Nathaniel Buckingham, Bam Nuttall construction manager John Ely and Mott MacDonald employer’s representative Ciaran Willcocks, will take to the stage in Westminster in front of a judging panel and live audience. They hope their presentation will bag them the £500 prize.

The aim of the award, launched in 1996, is to promote the role and achievements of newly qualified engineers, and the projects represented by the finalists show the breadth of work being carried out by those not long in the job.

Buckingham’s entry focuses on his time as a project manager for the large scale malt whisky distillery in Elgin, Scotland. Ely will present on his work as construction manager on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway – said to be the longest guided busway in the world. Willcocks’ entry covers two projects he has been responsible for in his role as employer’s representative in Iraq. The first is a large scale water infrastructure project in western Basra. The second details a structure to provide overhead ballistic protection for the main British base at Basra airport.

ICE president Jean Venables said: "Nearly 1,000 people went for their CPR this year, so to be selected in the final three is an exceptional achievement. All the candidates have demonstrated outstanding qualities and shown a contribution in the promotion and development of civil engineering. I wish each of them the best of luck for the final."

Chair of the Panel Robert Hollingdale said: "Selecting the finalists was no easy task due to the high calibre of candidates. However, we are confident that they will provide a lively and entertaining final due to the range of interesting and challenging projects in their reports."

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