CampbellReith’s Grant Plain wins GE Young Geoenvironmental Engineer of the Year Award

20 November 2015

CampbellReith’s Grant Plain received the Young Geoenvironmental Engineer of the Year Award at the 2015 GE (Ground Engineering) Next Generation Awards, on 19th November, at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

Grant Plain works in the Land Quality and Contamination team at CampbellReith’s Surrey office. He joined the practice in 2013. One of the talented and ambitious young engineers, Grant quickly became a valued member of the staff. He contributed to a number of CampbellReith’s projects through the environmental services his team provides. Grant was promoted to Project Environmental Scientist in August 2014.

‘I was astonished to have been shortlisted, but to have won the award also was a real surprise!’, Grant said. ‘A big thanks to all who have supported my development at CambellReith, particularly Tristan Tucker and James Clay (Environmental Associate and Partner with CampbellReith, respectively).

“Our land quality team members usually remain with a project throughout its life and therefore gain an appreciation of all the related disciplines, wider commercial considerations and the ‘cradle to grave’ aspects of project delivery. As a result we develop well rounded professionals who understand not only ground contamination issues, but also how these interface with other aspects of the project (and who can see the bigger picture). I think Grant has shown really good development in this area and I am delighted for him in the receipt of this award”, said James Clay, who leads the Land Quality services team at CampbellReith.

Grant’s favourite project so far has been Queenborough & Rushenden regeneration. ‘I was first involved in the project in mid-2013 for the pre-planning elements of work and am still working on it now during its enabling works phase for the client to put the site on the market as a remediated site for development’, he said. ‘I have expanded my knowledge in Geoenvironmental Engineering and have developed a wider appreciation of the various supporting disciplines that form part of the ‘bigger picture’.

The shortlist for the 2015 GE Next Generation Awards was announced in September, following a record number of entries. The shortlisted candidates had to demonstrate their skills and understanding to the judging panels through interviews.

GE runs two awards events during the year to celebrate the achievements of the industry on specific projects, as organisations and as individuals. The GE Next Generation Awards has The seven categories that recognise the wide range of skills that are essential to the ground engineering industry. The awards are an excellent opportunity for GE to showcase the breadth of talent in the industry.

The GE Next Generation Awards was launched in 2014 in a bid to recognise the talented early career professionals that are likely to become movers and shakers in the industry in the years to come.