Category Archives: sustainable development


We are very pleased and honoured to announce that a paper jointly published in 2016 by our Dr Andy Goodwin with Simon Ellis (Mott Macdonald), Liz Laycock (Sheffield Hallam University) and Chris Hurst (Mott MacDonald) has just been awarded the Howard Medal by ICE Publishing.  The paper, entitled “Use of crushed brick in reinforced earth railway structures”, was published in ICE’s Construction Materials Journal.  Targeted at improving the sustainability of the development, the work reported is based on a short practically-focused research project undertaken in association with Sheffield Hallam University with a clear focus on assessing the suitability of crushed bricks to be sourced from a viaduct for re-use as engineered fill.  It shows the benefits that can be gained from integrating focused research into a large project.  

More details of the project can be seen in the paper, which can be downloaded for free from  All of the authors are looking forward to attending the Awards Ceremony in October 2017 and to receiving their medals! 


We thought it worthwhile re-posting  an update made to LinkedIn by our Andy Goodwin on 12 May 2017, as those not on LinkedIn may miss it:

“At the risk of making this a regular Friday afternoon post, I have another idea for some CPD over the weekend that is aimed particularly at graduates.  As an ICE Reviewer I regularly hear graduates trot out the Brundtland definition of sustainable development when discussing Attribute 7, but few seem to have ever read the original report.  If you haven’t then you ought to at least look over its 300 pages to get a sense of what it is all about.  It is freely downloadable at  It is not an easy read but it is worthwhile and you should at least find out where the Brundtland definition of sustainable development is set out. ”

Happy reading!