ICE PRESIDENT Quentin Leiper presented two Spirit of Telford awards and the East Midlands Merit Award for innovative infrastructure projects during the region's gala dinner held at Nottingham's Belfry Hotel recently.
Remediation of a browneld site near Chestereld scooped the Merit Award, with consultant Jacobs praised for its work in developing the English Partnerships-funded Avenue Project.
This is an ongoing scheme to decontaminate a former coking works and develop it into a mixed-leisure housing and wildlife centre by 2012.
ICE East Midlands chairman Nick Thomson said: 'The remediation of huge tracts of heavily polluted land at the Avenue Project demonstrated the application of a wide range of innovative treatment and analysis techniques.' Leiper's Spirit of Telford awards went to professor Stephen Brown and Bill Askew, both from Nottingham University's engineering department.
Senior lecturer Askew won his award for encouraging young engineering talent. He has supported young engineers both here and in the Far East since he began at Nottingham University in 1983 through his work in the East Midlands graduate and students committee, and as ICE student liaison ofcer.
Askew's work as director of studies has already won him a Lord Dearing Award for innovating teaching approaches in 2001 Professor Brown, dean of engineering at Nottingham University, won his award for 'demonstrating the value of engineering knowledge'.
He pioneered work into innovative pavement and rail track engineering and geotechnics, and developed ndings from a joint venture between Nottingham University and Scott Wilson into a stand-alone enterprise - Scott Wilson Pavement Engineering.