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Retail, the Olympics and energy projects vie for the Rennie Medal

Three chartered professional review (CPR) candidates from 2009 have been selected from more than 1,000 of their peers to present and defend their CPR projects in the final of the prestigious James Rennie Medal Award.

The ICE award, held annually since 1996 following James Rennie’s death, specifically aims to promote the achievements of newly qualified engineers.

Rennie passionately believed that high quality civil engineering could only be carried out by civil engineers who had undertaken in-depth and thorough training.

CPR candidates are nominated for the James Rennie Medal by their peers, for demonstrating outstanding qualities in all attributes and making a significant contribution to the promotion and development of civil engineering.

The candidates and project reports put forward for the award have to show an in-depth understanding of engineering principles in design and construction, reflecting Rennie’s values.

A member of the judging panel commented: “The quality of the reports shortlisted is stunning. It continues to show that the standard of our newly qualified engineers is constantly rising. We are looking forward to this year’s final which reflects the wide diversity in civil engineering today.”

The three finalists will present their reports in front of a panel of judges and an audience on 11 March. The winner will be announced on the night and presented with the medal and £500 cash prize at the ICE Annual Awards later in the year.

The three 2010 finalists are:

  • Jonathan Giles, Mouchel

The report details Giles’ role as project manager for highways works to facilitate the development of a new flagship Tesco store as part of wider city centre urban regeneration in Stoke-on-Trent.

  • George Oates, Expedition Engineering

Oates’ project report will detail his responsibilities and challenges as senior engineer for the design of the impressive superstructure and cable net roof for London’s 2012’s velodrome.

  • Andrew Tozer, BP Exploration Operating Company

Tozer’s presentation will outline his role as project manager in meeting the challenge of design and delivery of a 25,000 tonne gas production platform in Singapore, before transportation through the Russian canal system and final installation in the Caspian Sea.

To attend the final and take part in questioning the candidates please contact the awards executive at

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