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Scott Wilson picks up Merit award

ICE East Midland's annual Merit Awards (EMMAs) attracted a record number of entries again this year including eventual winners Scott Wilson, Derbyshire County Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Nottingham's Belfry Hotel hosted the event, with the people behind 23 projects vying to see their achievements recognised by the ICE judging panel after a tough selection process.

Julian Jones, chair of the ICE panel of Merit Award judges said: "The East Midlands Merit Awards showcase the contribution that engineers make in improving the quality of life for people. Judging the awards this year was particularly challenging due to the increasing number and standard of submissions."

The prestigious award was this year broken down into three distinct categories: Small Projects (less than £250,000), Large Projects (greater than £250,000), and Studies/Research Projects.

Scott Wilson scooped the Overall Winner Award in the Large Project category for its Chesterfield office's work on the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens improvement scheme in Cornwall, the first Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) scheme to be taken from preliminary design to construction.

Scott Wilson's director of highways Paul Bracegirdle, said: "The integrated team of Scott Wilson, Alfred McAlpine, the Highways Agency and its advisors have delivered this first full ECI scheme in record time and in a highly sensitive environmental area. We are delighted for this work to be recognised by the prestigious East Midlands Merit Awards and to win the Large Project category."

The Overall Winner Award for the Small Project category went to Derbyshire County Council for its Creswell Crags Road Removal Scheme. Judges praised the project for its consideration of environmental issues throughout, noting the well-managed logistics while working within an area of Special Scientific Interest and the reuse of onsite materials.

Despite their entry for the Studies/Research Projects category not being a pure civil engineering project, Nottinghamshire County Council won a Certificate of Commendation for its campaign to lower the number of injuries received by moped riders wearing inadequate protection.

Commenting on the awards' growing popularity, Jones added: "Since their inception we have seen momentum building for the East Midlands Merit Awards, which has meant that this year there were a record number of entries."

Jones added: "As you would expect, the standard of entries is also rising and we see these trends developing in future years along with a more varied range of projects."

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