Environmental Design Director Steve Merridew won the Special Contribution Award at the NW Insider Young Professionals Awards held at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester last night. He was successful against strong competition from PwC, Deloitte, Farleys Solicitors and Ernst & Young and was also shortlisted for the Overall Young Professional of the Year.
The award goes to a young professional, under 35, who has done most to further the status and prestige of the professional community through means other than expected in his or her day to day role. Steve, who is head of sustainability in BDP’s Manchester studio, won for his work on Manchester Garden City, a voluntary initiative he created to enhance green space in the city. The project, started in his own time, has now been adopted by city management company CityCo and local residents volunteer help with installation and maintenance and grow their own food in grow box sites in the Northern Quarter.
Steve, who last year won the Environmental Leadership Award in JCI Manchester’s Young Talent Award programme, also for Manchester Garden City said ““It is an honour to be recognised for my work on Manchester Garden City in this year’s Insider Young Professionals Awards. I look forward to the onset of good weather, which will allow us to really start to see the fruits of our labour.”
Currently Steve is leading on the environmental design of the Manchester Town Hall Complex Transformation Project, a sustainable energy masterplan for East Manchester and the Nanjing Medical University in China.