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WATER WORKED

Alexander Watts (third left) of Amec has won the coveted James Rennie Medal, awarded to a young engineer who 'has demonstrated exceptional qualities in the use of engineering principles and construction knowledge in the design or construction of temporary or permanent works'. Watts' paper, 'Bromborough wastewater treatment works', beat off competition from (left to right) Andrew Reeves with 'The design and construction of bored piles', Richard Murray's 'Minehead sea defence works' and Jennie Brook's 'Blithfield Reservoir and Ladybower Dam reinforcement tenders'. Finalists for the annual award are selected from the best reports from the year's Chartered Professional Review candidates. This year's chairman of the judges, Professor Adrian Long, praised all the finalists, saying: 'The high quality of presentations never ceased to amaze me. James Rennie would have been proud to employ any one of the candidates.' Watts wins a cheque for £500 and will be presented with his medal at the ICE's annual awards ceremony next week.

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