Crossrail engineer wins illustrious James Rennie Medal

Congratulations to Joseph Maltezos CEng MICE, from Laing O'Rourke, who won the 2017 James Rennie Medal.

2017 James Rennie Medal winner Joseph Maltezos, with ICE President Tim Broyd.
2017 James Rennie Medal winner Joseph Maltezos, with ICE President Tim Broyd.

Newly qualified civil engineer Joseph Maltezos, from Laing O'Rourke, won the 2017 James Rennie Medal for his Chartered Professional Review report on Crossrail Tottenham Court Road.

Showcasing excellence

In a final that showcased the abilities of our recently qualified members, Joseph competed with Neil Forsythe from the Environment Agency and Dominic Wright from Bechtel for the eminent award. The three finalists were selected from 1,665 Chartered Professional Review candidates from 2016.

On winning the medal, Joseph said: "The James Rennie Medal Final was an amazing opportunity to present my work at Crossrail Tottenham Court Road and demonstrate how young engineers can have a positive impact on infrastructure projects of national importance.

Winning the James Rennie Medal, at this early stage of my career, is the greatest recognition I could imagine for my hard work and commitment to the industry. I hope this is a source of inspiration for all the young civil engineers to strive for excellence and become professionally qualified."

A high calibre field

Joseph's winning presentation described his role on the C422 Crossrail Tottenham Court Road project, where he successfully led the construction and handover of two of the largest ventilation towers in the entire Crossrail scheme.

This year's final – sponsored by Arup, BAM Nuttall, Costain, Lagan Construction Group, Scottish Power Renewables and Skanska – was a competitive occasion and the judges were impressed.

Darren James, Chair of the Judges, said: "The quality of all three presentations was excellent and to pick a winner amongst them a difficult task. The finalists should all be justifiably proud of their performances. The judges however concluded that Joseph was a deserving winner from a very high calibre field."

Seán Harris, ICE's Director of Membership, agreed: "The audience was treated to one of the strongest and most polished competitions of recent years. Joseph narrowly edged the final with a hugely impressive briefing on the design and delivery of the ventilation towers for Crossrail.

The competition provides the stage for our country's brightest young engineers to demonstrate their knowledge, technical expertise and sense of team. It was a very special evening and one which allowed the positive in UK society to balance the tragic events unfolding in Westminster."

Watch the final online

The James Rennie Medal recognises the best Chartered Professional Review candidate of the year.

If you missed the final, you can watch a recording.