24 NOV 2017
Frank Lund FRICS and two associates, Geoff Witcom and John MacDonald, are the men behind the revolutionary Aquabox. The distinctive blue boxes, launched in 1992 with Rotary International, are packed full of humanitarian aid items and sent to victims of human conflict and natural disasters worldwide.
The genius behind the aquabox, Frank’s idea and design, is that once they are emptied of their contents, they can be reused for filtering water. One community-sized filter system can produce an impressive six litres of clean water per minute, which means that over its lifespan the Aquabox can produce a million litres of water.
To date, over 110,000 containers have been distributed across the globe to those most in need.
As a result of his work, Frank has helped supply clean water to communities in The Philippines, Cameroon, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Mexico, India, Haiti, Somalia, Peru and, most recently, Syria.
His outstanding contributions to Rotary International, and society at a large, have not been unrecognised; in both 1998/9 and 2005/6 the Foundation awarded Frank, Geoff and John special honours. This ingenuity and commitment to using his skills as a surveyor for the benefit of those in need make Frank a deserved member of the Pride in the Profession celebration.
After a fire in the squatter village of Shek Kip Mei left 53,000 homeless, Hong Kong’s social housing faced a crisis of overcrowding. In his role in the Hong Kong Public Works department, Michael Wright FRICS created building standards to meet resettlement needs, as well as resolve the sanitary problems common in post-war social housing.
James Nisbet FRICS revolutionised the industry through the expansion of classrooms sizes, allowing schools to have a greater intake of children at no additional cost.
Professor Barry Gilbertson is an expert in insolvency, strategy, risk and sustainability. In RICS terms, he is best recognised for his creation of the innovative President’s Commission on Disaster Management in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.