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Strong shortlist

Winners of the NCE Graduate Awards 2001 were revealed at an award presentation ceremony held during the Construction Careers Event.

The aim of the awards, now in their fifth year, is to acknowledge the best all round civils graduate to emerge from our universities last year. The judges, drawn from all 11 sponsors, looked for enthusiasm and initiative rather than just academic excellence.

Though Bechtel Water's Darren Mort was the judge's unanimous winner, receiving £1,000 and a trophy, all six other shortlisted candidates received high praise.

Joint runners up, winning £500 each, were Sarah Wharton from Parsons Brinckerhoff and Steven Little from URS Thorburn Colquhoun.

The remaining four finalists were also of such a high standard that the judges requested each receive a bottle of champagne as well as highly commended certificates. They were: Sarah Kamm from Tony Gee & Partners; Christopher Birt from Costain; Lesley Sands from Binnie Black & Veatch and Matthew Jenkins from Arup.

The awards were sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers, BAA, Railtrack, Arup, Balfour Beatty, Babtie Group, Morrison Construction, Binnie Black & Veatch, Bachy Soletanche, Marshalls and Hays Montrose.

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