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Costain engineer scoops Rennie prize

Newly qualified civil engineer Eamonn Slevin, a Costain construction manager, has won this year’s prestigious ICE James Rennie Medal for his Chartered Professional Review (CPR) project on the M53 Bidston Moss Viaduct Strengthening Scheme.

Slevin’s project report discussed the health and safety, technical and commercial challenges encountered as construction manager on the complex strengthening scheme, using what was at the time the UK’s largest scaffold installation.

Held annually since 1996 following James Rennie’s death, the medal aims to promote the achievements of civil engineers who have just passed their chartrered professional review. This follows Rennie’s belief that high quality civil engineering can only be carried out by civil engineers who have undertaken in-depth and thorough training.

This year’s award was sponsored by Arup, Aecom, Bam Nuttall, Costain and the ICE.

Slevin, along with two other medal finalists, Nikolaos Socratous and Tom Wilcock from Arup, was selected from over 1,100 of his peers.

Significant contribution

He was chosen for his significant contribution to the promotion and development of civil engineering and his demonstration of an in depth understanding of engineering principles in design and construction, reflecting Rennie’s values. All three finalists presented and defended their projects in front of a panel of judges and an audience at ICE headquarters last week.

“The calibre of the three finalists was again excellent, with three quite different presentations,” said judging panel chairman Alasdair MacLennan.

“Their capability to respond to questioning from an informed audience was very impressive.”

Slevin said he was honoured to be recognised by his peers. “I’m thankful for family and friends who have supported me over the years. I now look forward to helping others learn and develop in the same way,” he added.

Slevin will be presented with the Rennie medal and £1,000 cash prize at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony in October.

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