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Tideway engineer wins 2021 James Rennie Medal

15 June 2021

Chris North from Morgan Sindall delivered an "outstanding" presentation on the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Tideway engineer wins 2021 James Rennie Medal

Chris North, ICE Fellow from Morgan Sindall working on Tideway, has won the 2021 James Rennie Medal.

The James Rennie Medal recognises the best Chartered Professional Review (CPR) and CPR (Progressive) candidate of the year.

North beat off competition from two other finalists, Bryony Coombs and Jake Sarjant to win the prize. The three competitors were selected from 1,176 CPR and CPR (Progressive) that took place in 2020.

An online audience from around the world tuned in to watch the final, which featured a broad range of civil engineering experiences and projects, each bringing their own unique but vital benefits to the communities they serve.

Passionate about life-long development

For the competition, North outlined his work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel that will capture an average of 39-million tonnes of sewage a year and prevent it from polluting the River Thames in London.

On being selected by the judges as the winner of this year’s medal and £1,000 top prize, he said: “I am extremely proud to have been awarded the James Rennie Medal, particularly alongside two other great finalists. This is a great achievement for me.

“I hope that our diverse presentations will encourage other civil engineers in their pursuit to become professionally qualified with ICE.”

North said that he has “experienced many challenges in getting this far”.

“This award has made me more passionate about my own life-long development. I am excited to continue to help inspire the next generation of engineers,” he added.

An 'exceptional standard'

Darren James, chair of the 2021 James Rennie Medal judging panel, said: “The 2021 James Rennie Medal final yet again brought together three outstanding presentations from the very best talent from the pool of newly chartered civil engineers.

“All three presentations were of an exceptional standard which made the judging very difficult.”

This year’s final was sponsored by Arup, BAM Nuttall, Charles Brand, Keltbray, Kier, Skanska and Tony Gee.

Aiming for professional qualification?

The James Rennie Medal celebrates the role of newly qualified civil engineers.

ICE’s professional qualifications – Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer – command respect and will help engineers to realise their potential..

ICE’s Membership Support team is on hand to help any civil engineers aiming to become professionally qualified and who need advice on the next step.

Get in touch with the team:

T: +44 (0)121 227 5948

E: [email protected]

  • Ed Horton, marketing project manager at ICE