Our team are a pretty diverse bunch, united by a common passion for innovative engineering. We have developed our own unique culture centred around an informal, collaborative style of working.
We are a hardworking and technically minded team but our approach to design thinking is certainly not constrained by figurative boxes. Our open-plan, partition-free layout is the foundation of our collaborative nature, with the directors being fully integrated. This means everyone is approachable and bouncing a question around (or sharing a joke) is commonplace. Taking ownership of projects or packages of work is encouraged, so this level of support is helpful.
It’s not all about the office though – we will often be out at meetings with architects and clients or visiting our construction sites. Our collaborative attitude extends to the people we meet outside of the office too and is how we are able to grow and maintain relationships we are proud of. We are hands-on and our understanding of the construction processes is one of our biggest strengths, so seeing the project in person is always important for us.
The diversity within the office is something we value. Nine nationalities are represented which certainly makes global sporting events more interesting. Between us we speak eight languages; in a multi-cultural city like London this is of real benefit, as we can often add that little extra to our client relationships. This variety creates an openness in the office, facilitating a willingness to learn and grow.
The number of women in the engineering industry has traditionally been low but we don’t follow norms. The percentage of women in our team is twice the industry average. We are diverse in age too – we vary from no or white hair to entirely grey-free. The wise are kept in line by the enthusiasm and energy of the younger protégés, and vice-versa. All of this adds to our dynamic and collaborative atmosphere.
We will often get comments from friends and colleagues that our workplace sounds like an enjoyable place to work. We think this might have something to do with our cake policy. Even the most minor personal milestones are encouraged to be celebrated with cake, which we have on the central table, promoting occasional breaks in the day and opportunities to get to know your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. We are a diverse, social bunch who often head down the street to the pub on a Friday evening. Coffee and tea rounds are a shared responsibility affair.
We are active out of the office also – we’ve been known to try a pedibus around South Bank, play disproportionately competitive ten-pin bowling and also don questionable Christmas jumpers. Our annual Christmas Company Awards are highly anticipated (unless you yourself actually win the less desirable categories).
We have developed an in-house training programme to help younger engineers towards Chartership, accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) but also suitable for those who are aiming for chartership with the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). We have engineers in the office qualified with both bodies, who can provide support throughout this process.
For the ICE route, we have an internal Supervising Civil Engineer (SCE), who oversees the development of all those working toward Chartership. In addition to this, we have a number of Delegated Engineers (DE), who supervise 2-3 engineers individually, to provide a more hands on role during the process.
Join the Team
We are always looking for talented and motivated engineers to join the team. If you enjoy the challenge of exploring the opportunities innovative engineering can bring to a project we’d love to hear from you.