What does your role involve?
I started my WSP career as a graduate in London and Leeds, but am now based in Manchester, and co-lead the design and delivery of high-profile residential and commercial building projects around the world.
Which project is your favourite?
I’ve been fortunate to be involved in several exciting projects. Some highlights include the £250 million London Wall Place commercial development and New Providence Wharf – a 42-storey crescent-shaped residential tower in London’s Docklands.
It’s difficult to choose a favourite but Key Bridge House stands out. I co-led the delivery of this 74,300m2 development, which is comprised of five buildings up to 38 storeys high. Constructed on top of a three-storey basement, this project is both the largest refurbishment job in London and houses the tallest brick-clad tower in the UK.
Why do you enjoy your job?
WSP has given me the chance to work on demanding and complex projects, which has really motivated me to apply myself and progress my career. I enjoy the challenge of working on high-profile residential and commercial buildings with leading architects and well-known clients – projects that test my technical ability.
Specialising in tall buildings design has given me the chance to leave behind a legacy by shaping part of those cities. It’s my opportunity to improve lives and influence future communities.
How did you get into engineering?
I always liked mathematics and enjoyed designing. When I was young I thought about using my creativity to become a writer, a poet, a graphic designer, a textile designer or even a photographer. Then I chose to study mathematics and physics among my A Levels. My physics teacher helped me examine my options, and I chose to pursue a career in structural engineering.
I went to the University of Leeds to do an MEng degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. After graduating, I joined WSP, who supported me as I achieved professional qualifications through the Institute of Structural Engineering to gain chartership status.
What other opportunities has WSP offered you?
I’ve had the chance to work on a range of internal projects. I initiated the Young Engineers’ Network, which grew from four people initially to over 300 across the globe in two years. The network helped members fast-track their careers.
I also implemented a new graduate development framework at WSP and a TeamBuild competition as part of the firm’s graduate training – helping to improve multidisciplinary working.
Last year I set up the Structures Café, a monthly workshop to promote knowledge-sharing, and also joined Leeds University’s Industrial Advisory committee, which aims to bridge the gap between university education and the industry.
I’d recommend WSP to anyone who wants to use their skills to make a difference and develop their career.