RPS takes home two titles at the Brownfield Awards 2021

22 Oct 2021

We came away from this year’s Brownfield Awards as winners of two fantastic titles: Best International Project and Best Public Sector/ Not For Profit Led Project.


Nancy Tonkin – Technical Director – Environment, said: “This is a fantastic achievement which recognises both our global technical excellence and the contribution our work is making to a sustainable future. These projects highlight the wide range of services we can offer to clients, enabling us to provide innovative and bespoke solutions throughout the full life-cycle of complex and ground-breaking projects.”

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project – winner of the Best Public Sector and Not for Profit Led Project

For over sixty years from 1939 to 2001 Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour was the site of Ireland’s only steelworks. Our consultants led the remediation of the former steelworks East Tip site and its transformation into a public recreational amenity.

Appointed by Cork County Council, we delivered innovative and sustainable solutions at each stage of this complex project, from inception to conclusion, where there were significant contractual, environmental, health and safety risks.

We delivered an innovative design solution by managing the risks involved through the works contracts, the procurement process and construction stages of the main remediation works.

PFAS investigation and management program, Australian Government Department of Defence project – winner of Best International Project

We were engaged by the Australian Department of Defence to support one of the largest environmental investigation and remediation programs ever undertaken in Australia.  

Defence is undertaking a national program to review, investigate and implement a comprehensive approach for the management of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on, and in the vicinity of some of its bases around Australia.

Once used extensively worldwide for their effectiveness in fighting liquid fuel fires, Defence began phasing out firefighting foams containing perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as active ingredients in 2004.

Our team of embedded project specialists assisted the program from initial project planning and investigation, to implementation and completion in each location. Combining the skills of our project management, communications and environmental specialists, we supported Defence to understand and manage contamination risk.

Congratulations to the project teams.


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Nancy Tonkin

Technical Director T: +44 (0) 20 3691 0500 Email

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